Myatt’s Fields Park, Lambeth - article by Rebecca Samuel
We made a visit to Myatt’s Fields Park in Lambeth to see their lottery funded regeneration project and we wereinspired by the oasis that had been created by local residents in an area surrounded by many deprivedneighbourhoods.
The park is very well used and loved by locals who hold a range of varied events there. It is run by the Myatt’sFields Park Project Group and Lambeth Council who now employ a part time park manager. The park is avibrant venue for local community events and is now creating jobs in the running of the cafe and greenhouse.The group actively promotes “local food heroes” and keen local gardeners also volunteer to help out at the park.The next project for the group is hopefully the creation of a cookery school to run alongside the cafe and gardenso that cooking workshops can also be offered to the lcal community using the produce from the gardens.
The new one o clock club is a high quality small building, a meeting place for parents, grandparents and childrensupporting the local community. It features indoor and outdoor play areas,small kitchen and toilets.
The park also has a wild life area, a meadow garden with pond and study area for local schools. This is foundadjacent to the cafe and bandstand that gets incredibly busy on event days. Revenue from the cafe andproduce sold from the park greenhouse is ploughed back into the Myatt’s Fields Park Project.
The project is a very inspiring success story, providing a meeting place for people of all ages, events to enjoy, aplace for gardeners both young and old to help out at work shops, a place of employment for those on lowincome.
It is the garden that many people cannot afford to buy or maintain, it is a pleasure for all who visit. We are verygrateful to the park manager for spending a morning showing us around the park.
Here is a photographic tour..
noticeboard with many events!...
childrens’ play area including water play
childrens’ one o’ clock club building...
specially designed undercover play area
new toilet block
the renovated bandstand with herbaceous border surround
the renovated summerhouse now “The Little Cat Cafe”
wildlife play area for schools
a “keyhole garden” made in a workshop session for locals
the greenhouse that provides fruit + veg for the cafe and shop
the “cucumber house” -the next renovation project!