Greenspaces: Broadway Fields

The return of the sun and long days means that Broadway Fields has come in to its own again.

A giant asphalt sun trap next to the Seager Distillery, the tall buildings that form its perimeter catch the light like a Canaletto (something our useless photographic skills have failed to do justice to here).

Originally opened in 1932 as Deptford Municipal Playing Fields, it was redeveloped by Lewisham Council last decade as part of its strategy for improving the public spaces along the route of the Ravensbourne (see also neighbouring Brookmill Park and Ladywell Fields).

Crisscrossed with basketball cages and elevated train lines, it's like a little piece of LA in SE8. When the sun's out it draws kids from miles around to skate, preen and play until the last rays have dipped below the horizon.

Thanks to some successful urban design, it's become the playground of choice for the area's teenagers.