Lewisham Mud Pies etc.

Once again the nature garden on the site of the old Tidemill primary school is full of the sounds of children playing, excitedly rediscovering the secret paths and hidden dens.

In partnership with the local community group Assembly SE8, London Play has been promoting natural play opportunities for the local families in Deptford as part of their Mud Pies etc initiative funded through the Bringing Nature to the Street project.

The sessions started three weeks ago and have been really well received by both children and parents, as one parent commented ‘what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon, we are all outdoors helping to reshape the garden for the local community and the children are having so much fun gardening and playing in the mud.’

This has also been reflected by the children’s enthusiasm to be involved in all the activities taking place, from cutting away the mass of brambles and decorating the trees, to preparing an area for planting winter vegetables.

The first stages of a treehouse have also just been completed with the support of local parents and volunteers, with all the materials being donated by a local recycling company. In the coming weeks the children will be designing and helping to construct the next stage before taking full ownership of the garden’s latest addition.

The words of one of the children encompasses why there is such a need for this type of initiative in urban settings ‘there are so many exciting things to do, I want to come here every day after school.’

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