Revivify Manor Park – Creating a master-plan for our park
***** Project update 16th June *******
Following a well attended public co-design workshop in May, a residents park survey, numerous stakeholder meetings, a physical survey of the park and involvement of local schools, Outerspace, our landscape architects are in the process of creating landscape plans to support the development of Manor Park. These plans will be first shown to the public at the Friends of Manor Park AGM meeting on Monday July 15th, 7-9pm, in the Shiraz Mirza Hall.
As most of you know Friends of Manor Park is a community group set up to represent the local community’s interests at Manor Park, New Malden, KT3.
Our key objectives are to protect and improve our park. Over the last 18 months we’ve run various activities from litter-picks through to restoring the seasonal pond, improving paths, maintaining woodland and planting wildflowers.
Planned vs piecemeal
Last year we were about to kick off a project to help revamp the playground, as this is a space marked for an injection of council investment, but on the advice of the GLA, it was suggested that we should create a master-plan for the entire park. So rather than working in a piecemeal way, they suggested that it would be much better to create a vision, driven by the community, that could be fund-raised for and delivered in phases over the next 5 years. We called this process Revivify Manor Park.
2019 seemed a very appropriate year to start this process as it is the 90th anniversary of when the space we call Manor Park actually became a park – well more precisely the Columbia Graphophone Company, transformed Newhouse Farm into a recreation ground for its employees.
A park for all our local community
We wanted a plan that would cover all aspects of the park. How do we continue to improve and conserve the natural spaces and our wildlife, how will the park support the various groups who use it, from young children, teenagers, all the way up to our retired park users? How can Manor Park reach its full potential for our local community?
Last Autumn we ran a crowdfund campaign to raise the funds to pay for this masterplan. The community were amazing, and it became one the best supported campaigns within the GLA’s Crowdfund London scheme, which is why the Mayor of London gave us over half of the money needed. We were also well supported by local companies and our local council. In total £26,000 was raised. (It’s unlikely we’ll use all this money on this master-planning process, so anything left will be spent on the park, delivering the masterplan).
We’ve now commissioned, Outerspace, a firm of landscape architects to lead the process of creating our Masterplan. A large part of what they’ll be doing is engaging the local community and other park stakeholders.
Involving our children
Outerspace are also working with local schools – Coombe Boys and Malden Manor Primary. Coombe Boys spent a morning the park.
1st public design workshop
The first public design workshop ran on the evening of 14th May at Shiraz Mirza Hall. Members of the local community worked with our landscape architects in a workshop setting to come up with ideas and say what they liked/disliked.
if you were unable to make this, please fill in our online survey.
We’ll be announcing other ways you can engage in this process shortly
It is worth noting that over the past 18 months we already collected a lot of information from the local community. People were asked to fill in a short set of very open-ended questions when we first launched the group, we’ve had a lot of contact with the community over these last few months, and last year over 200 people filled in a survey on how they’d like to see the playground develop. All of this information will go into the melting pot.
If you have any thoughts and ideas about how you’d like to see the park develop e.g. better security, improved paths, a café etc, or indeed if you have any concerns please drop us an email at email@example.com