Pincott Place People's Park

Work has begun to transform an unloved corner of the furthest frontiers of west Brockley in to a community garden oasis.
The Lottery-funded Pincott Place People's Park will be located on a site that lies between Pincott Place and Frendsbury Road. Currently a wasteland, clearance and landscaping work has begun and is due to take approximately 6 weeks in total, so that the park is ready for the public by May, although the gardens will not be properly finished until October 2009.

Project Officer, Gareth Schweitzer, explains:

"We’re hoping the garden will become a place for people to relax, learn and enjoy themselves. There will be different areas in the garden including a sun, formal and wildlife garden and a pond. There will also be some community allotments in the garden."

Before the park was built, the land attracted a lot of fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour. Lewisham's Environment and Community Development department consulted local residents about the possibility of turning the land into a community garden. Funding was secured from the Big lottery fund with contributions from Lewisham Council, Family Mosaic Housing, and South London and Maudsley (SLAM).

Clearance and landscaping work will be undertaken by Envirowork Lewisham, a social enterprise that employs and trains long term unemployed people to work on improving and enhancing the environment for the benefit of local communities. Residents will also choose the plants that will be planted in the park at an event hosted by Groundworks. In mid-May there will be a consultation event at the Honor Oak Youth club about the construction of an artwork for the garden.

At the end of the project in October 2009 the park will be maintained under the Glendale's contract, but the hope is that residents will play a major part in the running and maintenance of the garden though a management committee.

From May 2008 through to September 2009 there will be a range of events and free training sessions for adults, young people and children, funded by the Big lottery fund. These will include accredited horticultural training courses and informal workshops on a range of subjects from gardening to recycling.

Through referrals from local GP's surgeries residents and local people will also be able to use the park for gentle exercise to improve health and well-being. In all cases priority will be given to local residents (identified by postcode).

For more information or to register your interest please contact the project officer, Gareth Schweitzer on 020 7314 2071 or 07834 145 054 or by email on
With thanks to Yaxu.


Amanda said...

This sounds nice, it would be good if the council would get behind the Brockley Common project in the same way.

Anonymous said...

This isn't really that far from Brockley Common.

Tom said...

I thought it interesting that the park got funding from a health-related group. Is there actually a doctors' surgery nearby or is it a clever wheeze to get cash?

Anonymous said...

There is a doctors surgery nearby.

yaxu said...

There's the honor oak health centre up the road (a really good practice in my experience).

It's been a while coming but things are moving fast now... Landscaping is looking good already, and it's a real relief now that those Leylandii are gone, we get sunshine in our house now!

This was a real blight, it's really great that something is being done, I hope all the locals get behind it once it opens.

Anonymous said...

Excellent news for brockley again. Hope the community really get involved and people stop the fly tipping. i think it is great that SLAM (mental health) have also contributed. The GP surgery is unlikely to have made much difference financially or practically. the project will hopefully give those who aren't able to work, who are socially isolated or depressed etc, some hope, activity and a place to meet people.

Anonymous said...

I know it's slightly off topic - but what are the closest allotment sites to Brockley & what's are my chances of getting a plot?

spincat said...

This is good news - will make my next walk up that way to have a look. Re the allotments - there are some good ones just up from Honor Oak Park Station. Because they are on sloping ground, I was told by a neighbour that the waiting list is not that long - though this could have changed recently

Tamsin said...

There are also some allotments in Vesta Road - just recently had their AGM in the Telegraph Hill Centre so I was chatting to one of the allotment owners. Wonderful views up the railway line to the City but totally peaceful - only the trains going by - as opposite is the Vesta Road Nature Reserve. Don't have a contact number to hand but walk by and have a look at their notice board.

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

I received a leaflet today re. the park. They have asked all residents nearby what type of statute/monument people would like in it. Has anyone else received this? If so, what is your thoughts?

Anonymous said...

"Has anyone else received this?" YES... and you thought it's been printed just for you.

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