Residents in South Thamesmead are having a say in how their neighbourhoods will look and change in the years ahead.
The South Thamesmead Garden Estate Community Design Collective has been officially launched with the group, including 11 local residents committed to helping make Thamesmead greener, meeting for the first time via Zoom.
South Thamesmead Garden Estate is part of Peabody’s £3.9 million investment to create better outdoor spaces around homes in Southmere and Parkview.
The newly-formed Collective will help co-design the improvement works with Peabody’s appointed design practice, muf architecture/art, and work with Making Space for Nature, the programme finding new ways for residents to enjoy Thamesmead’s green spaces.
Collective member and South Thamesmead resident, Kim Teasdale, said: “Since moving to Thamesmead seven years ago, I feel privileged to have so much green space to explore and share with my friends.
“By joining the Collective, I am able to share my adventures through the photographs I enjoy taking and also be a part of creating a design that will enhance our neighbourhood and make it a vibrant place to live.”
Kate Batchelor, Peabody’s Head of Landscape and Placemaking in Thamesmead, said: “This is a great opportunity for local people to contribute to significant change in their neighbourhoods and meet other like-minded community members who are also committed to improving the area.”
Group members are being paid for their time and receive training in areas such as design principles, decision making, research and collaboration skills. They will also learn about project management, landscape design, budgeting and community collaboration and engagement.
The Collective’s first task will be to share ideas and feedback from the local community as new designs are developed for green spaces in South Thamesmead, based around the Green Chain Walk pathway from Lesnes Abbey to Southmere Lake, Mangold Way and areas around the lake.
This follows the work already done this summer around Parkview Estate (Redpoll and Mangold Way) and Southmere Estate (around Portmeadow Walk) which saw the introduction of new paving, planting, lighting, play equipment and seating.
The Community Design Collective is a pilot scheme and will help to inform new ways of working with communities in Thamesmead, London and other European Cities.
The Making Space for Nature programme is funded by Peabody and CLEVER Cities, and delivered by Groundwork and Peabody. CLEVER Cities is an EU funded research project that looks at innovative ways to improve spaces using nature.
Anyone interested in the work of the Community Design Collective can find out more by visiting www.shapingthamesmeadnow.org.uk and clicking on the South Thamesmead Garden Estate link.