Ladywell Fields Forever

Robert Sheppard, Secretary, Ladywell Fields User Group has provided this update on the project to redevelop Ladywell Fields:

Work on the the Parklands project, which will bring about major improvements to the middle and southern parts of Ladywell Fields (from the end of Malyons Road right down to Catford), started in July. The project, funded by LDA/Thames Gateway will involve river renaturalisation, landscaping works and extensive tree planting and will provide new riverside features, play facilities, an event space, some new pathways and bridges, tennis court refurbishment and better signage.

At the same time - though not part of the Parklands project - construction of the new adventure playground continues. The facility should be fully up-and-running by the Autumn.

For photos of the latest progress, as at August BH Weekend, check out our
Facebook page.

12 comments:

Sue said...

I bumped into one of the youth services team the other day and asked why it was taking so long to finish the Ladywell Fields adventure playground. I was rather surprised to hear that the youth officers were building it themselves in their spare time. Apparently that was always the plan due to budget constraints. Hats off to them for all the work they are putting into the new youth village and what they seem to be achieving on a shoestring budget.

Adele said...

We spent some time at the project area at the weekend, playing in the sandpit and on a temporary bouncy castle. We just had to sign up and were very welcome to join in, all staff were very friendly. One person did comment that the adventure playground might not be finished until next year though...

Robert Sheppard said...

Spoke to Sam Odogwu (Coucil Youth Service) at the adventure playground yesterday. She is optimistic about significant progress over the next few months and may get some limited funding to help get the job done. She's also had offers from a few voluntary orgs to help.

By the way, if you use Ladywell Fields and want to join the active and friendly LADYWELL FIELDS USER GROUP please e-mail ladywellfields@yahoo.co.uk

Anonymous said...

I do hope that when the tree planting is being done, that protection will be given to the new trees. A lot of trees have been lost in Ladywell Fields, and especially the cemetery due to dogs being allowed to chew off the bark.

elsiemaud boy said...

dogs chewing off the bark? really? I mean..really?

Mondee said...

@Elsiemaud boy, this is actually a complaint I've heard several times re Hilly Fields as well. But I don't think new trees would be at risk for the simple reason that they won't be strong enough to support a dog's weight. The dogs are not 'allowed to chew bark off trees', they (and I'm talking about possibly illegal fight dogs here) are actively encouraged to hang from branches by their teeth to stengthen their jaws, presumably stripping bark from said trees in the process.

elsiemaud boy said...

ah - so we are not talking about the ordinary lab and collie having a bit of a nibble - we are talking about antisocial behaviour with dogs.

Anonymous said...

Sounds suspiciously like an urban myth. May have happened a couple of times and has morphed into a London wide epidemic. If new lab were still in there would be some antibarkchewing legislation rushed through

Mondee said...

Hehe, too true. However I'm pretty sure there's some truth in it. There has certainly been a huge increase in those kinds of dogs in south east London over the past few years.

sunshine said...

I saw five (maybe six) of those type of dogs in a garden a few doors down from me the other day.

Anonymous said...

Were these dogs snacking on a larch?

grey sky moaning said...

Wish it was an urban myth. It is happening all over the parks in London (and maybe beyond). There are recent incidents in Hilly Fields on quite mature trees. They would cost £1000s to replace, if you wanted to replace such a mature tree with one a similar size.

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