Mountsfield Park, Catford, London

It is used and loved by residents of all ages and backgrounds. The London Borough of Lewisham (LBL), Landscape Architects from BDP and local community group The Friends of Mountsfield Park worked together to deliver an exciting new community garden for Lewisham.

The new 3330m2 community garden has been created from a formerly disused area of Mountsfield Park in Lewisham. The project funded by the mayor of London with support from the London Borough of Lewisham prominently featured an exciting new playground.

Timberplay worked very closely BDP Landscape Architects to redevelop an existing play area, increasing the play value significantly and using a combination of choice play equipment and beautiful playful landscaping to create an exciting and rich play experience.

The play areas has two zones, one for children under six and one for children from six to twelve. The existing playground featured a lot of Timberplay equipment which still delighted the children, so this was retained and enhanced with several other pieces. A selection of sand equipment has been added to the platform house, increasing the play value exponentially. Whirligigs, a turntable and rockers provide lots of spinning and rocking fun and a little mountain slide and climbing structure challenge younger children to climb to the peak before enjoying the ride down to base. A tower combination delivers varied climbing and clambering opportunities, easily accommodating many children at any one time. The play area provides no end of scope for play; spinning rocking, sliding and climbing, digging and balancing plus acoustic and accessible play for all.

Laura Ormerod, Senior Landscape Architect at BDP comments on the success of the scheme:-
“As designers we were very challenged on this scheme by a limited budget. We also had existing play equipment and the site had certain limitations, but the team at Timberplay were invaluable at helping us transform our aspirations into a well-considered and successful scheme. From inception we worked with them to identify the key play types, decide on what pieces of equipment would deliver the best play value, ensure safety regulations were met and that the scheme read together as a unified design. The result has been an excellent scheme and we will always look to Timberplay for their in depth knowledge on further schemes where natural high quality timber equipment is required. In addition their CAD drawings that include safety zones and technical advice is second to none.”

  • Mountsfield Park, Catford, London
    • 72 Stainton Rd
    • London SE6 1AR
    • UK
    • SE6 1AN