Trust Thamesmead

Not Such An Ugly Duckling

In previous issues of Trust Talk we have told you about ‘The Link Pocket Park’, a project designed to enhance local people’s journey to and interaction with our fantastic new youth and community hub.

We’re pleased to announce that the first phase has been completed – the mini sports zone, which opened to the public on 25 January, the day of our ‘New Year, New You’ event. Despite the recent very wet weather residents have already started enjoying the outdoor gym equipment and table tennis table and it should prove to be even more popular once the weather improves.

The second phase of the Pocket Park is well underway: the Trust is working with Archway Project and Groundwork London to create a restful community garden on the corner of Belvedere Road and Harrow Manor Way, which will also feature picnic tables and even a cob oven for baking homemade pizzas! This element will hopefully be completed by early summer.

The third phase of the project is developing well, too. Our project partners at the London Borough of Bexley managed to secure an additional £100,000 from Cory Environment Trust to transform the Eastern Way Bridge, the main pedestrian route through Thamesmead. Project partners have been working with artists and the local community to come up with ideas for a landmark lighting sculpture at the southern end of the bridge. To see the designs for yourself follow the links in our news item here.

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