Green light for pocket parks

By Jim Dunton - Wed 27 November 2013, 2:31 pm

Southwark neighbourhoods are set to benefit from two new "pocket parks" that will transform grey pavements into thriving green spaces.

Innovative new mini-parks are set to be created in Southampton Way, Peckham, and Comber Grove, Camberwell, Southwark Council has announced.

It said the schemes - which will be jointly funded by the borough and London Mayor Boris Johnson’s Great Outdoors Programme - would also tie-in neatly with an ongoing flood-risk management project by providing surfaces where water could soak away more easily.

Additionally, Southampton Way will benefit from new trees and shrubs in planting beds, while a new seated social area will be created near Laing House in Camberwell.

Councillor Barrie Hargrove, Southwark’s environment lead, said the mayoral funding was excellent news.

“The project not only complements the work we've been doing to reduce flood risk, but also brings about social and health benefits to local people,” he said.

The schemes are expected to be complete by the end of March 2015.