Lewisham receives £67,000 for ‘pocket parks’ project

Pic: Eldan Goldenberg

Pic: Eldan Goldenberg

Two ‘pocket parks’ will be created in Lewisham as part of the Mayor’s two million pound initiative to transform underused, urban spaces in the borough.

Blackheath and Sydenham will both see small green spaces being created as part of a citywide bid to enhance the natural environment in inner city neighbourhoods.

The Pocket Parks Programme, introduced as part of the Mayor’s London Great Outdoors initiative aims to deliver one hundred new or enhanced pocket parks across London by March 2015.

Lewisham is to receive £67,000 towards the creation of the two new parks. This will enable new planting, trails, seating and lighting.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said that public spaces were an essential part of London’s character and the wellbeing of its residents.

“A great outdoors for London is what I boldly set my sights on when I promised a big boost for our city’s network of public spaces during my first term, knowing that this would improve the lives of everyone who lives in and enjoys our city.

Work is underway in to create the parks, which will each be roughly the size of a tennis court. There are plans to unveil them to the public in the spring of 2015.

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