More than 18 months of fundraising, planning and digging to create a new natural play space for the Morland Estate in London Fields is coming to fruition as 75 community members joined together to plant 300 trees in advance of the garden’s grand opening this spring.
Children from the German Kindergarten, based in the Morland Community Hall, joined estate residents to plant tree sprouts, hedgerows and six spectacular white Himalayan birches, with supervision from the Council’s arboricultural experts.
They complement the new rope bridge, slide, balance beam and seating area as part of a resident-led project to turn underused space into a green, sustainable and well-used activity area for the local community – including the more than 100 children living on the estate.
The Morland Estate and Blanchard Way Tenants and Residents Association worked with the Council to secure £50,000 in funding to deliver the project, with backing given from the London Marathon Charitable Trust, Greater London Authority, National Lottery, Woodland Trust, Hackney Parochial Charities and the German Kindergarten. The family of Len Brown – a longstanding Morland Estate resident who sadly passed away recently – also donated to the cause.
Since then, the Council and residents have worked together to deliver the change, from gathering support from across the estate for the project to getting teams in to install the new equipment.
The Morland Natural Play space will be officially opened at a ceremony on Friday 3 April (3.30-7.30pm) outside the Morland Estate Community Hall on Gayhurst Road.
If you want to set up a new resident group on your estate, have ideas to improve your estate or want to help hold the Council to account, there are loads of ways for Council tenants and homeowners to get involved.