Have your say on Leader’s Gardens revival plan
Published: Wednesday 26th October 16
Putney residents are invited to have their say on a £125,000 plan to rejuvenate Leader’s Gardens and create a new natural play area for local children.
Drop-in sessions will be held at the park this Thursday to showcase the council’s proposals and to invite feedback (event details below).
The new ‘natural play garden’ would be built into the landscape and feature mounds, bridges, a dry river bed, a bug hotel, log stepping stones and a balance wall. Shrubs, grasses and scented plants would be used to create natural barriers dividing the garden into different play zones.
The upgrade project would also see the grassed area next to the Beverly Brook improved with new buggy-friendly pathways and new seats and tables where families can stop and picnic. The space could also be replanted with hardy, shade-tolerant grass and the tree canopy thinned out so it becomes a lighter and more usable space all year round.
The £125,000 project would be funded through the Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL), a tax the council raises on development sites to pay for upgrade projects in the surrounding area.
Cllr Jonathan Cook, councils parks spokesman, said:
"This project would give local children a much more existing and varied play area, as well as creating a much improved open space where everyone can come to relax and enjoy the outdoors.
“The other natural play areas we’ve installed in Wandsworth have proved extremely popular with local families and I hope parents will come and see these plans for themselves.”
To have your say on the plans come along to the information drop-in sessions:
When: Thursday 27 October between 10am to 12noon, 12.30 to 2.30pm or 3 to 5pm
Where: Leaders Gardens
Officers from Wandsworth Council’s parks contractor, Enable Leisure and Culture, will be there to explain the plans, answer questions and collect feedback.