South Thamesmead Garden Estate – phase 1


The South Thamesmead Garden Estate project is all about investing in the open spaces around South Thamesmead to make them greener, more accessible and welcoming for the local community.   

In 2017 Peabody commissioned designers to improve around two hectares of outdoor spaces in the Parkview and Southmere estates.  

The £4.3m project was the first of a two phase £10m investment programme in the area. 

Improvements across the Parkview and Southmere estates involved:

  • 'greening’ the grey walkways and enhancing open spaces right outside people’s front doors.

  • replacing trees that were too big for green courtyards with better-sized, diverse mature trees

  • installing above-ground planters

  • planting creepers along parts of the walkways

  • introducing planted beds and rain gardens

  • new lighting, play and seating areas

The works was completed during 2019/20 and went on to win a BALI National Landscape award. 

The first phase of the South Thamesmead Garden Estate was completed in July 2021. The improvement included an edible garden on Maran Way and wildflower meadows planted on Abbey Way.   


Download the South Thamesmead Garden Estate booklet

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