Guest post by Judy Ling Wong CBE Engaging with animals is a fundamental experience that is missing for too many of today’s children. So we, the members of the Sowing the Seeds Steering Group, took the Lynk Up Crew, aged from 4 to 18 to London’s Mudchute City Farm.  The Sowing the Seeds report indicated how … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Helping Hackney open its streets for play

Guest post by Claudia Draper Though I helped organise it, I have to admit our last street party over the Jubilee weekend was a bit of a wash out. In the face of remorseless torrential rain, much of our street committee’s carefully planned programme – including tug of war, giant street feast, and open mic … Continue reading

Making Islington a better place to play outdoors

Guest Post – Jon Winder, Islington Council With the least amount of open space of any local authority in the country you might think that Islington isn’t a great place for playing outdoors. However, over the last few years the council has been working hard to make parks and open spaces better places to play. … Continue reading

The London Play Go Kart Grand Prix returns!

For years in London there was an annual Go Kart Race (or ‘Box Cart Derby’ for the veteran kart drivers amongst us). For one reason or another this fantastic tradition stopped happening. This year London Play decided enough was enough, and that the time had come to breathe life back into this great event. So last … Continue reading

Win a box full of play!

London Play’s Taking Nature to the Street project is supporting street play events from huge estates in Pimlico to small street parties in Croydon this weekend. The Jubilee weekend will be a fantastic revival of children and their families returning back to a time when their street was not simply a strip of tarmac for … Continue reading

What stories would you tell in willow tree tepee? We need your suggestions please!

London Play’s Taking Nature to the Street project has been working with volunteers at Fairchildes Children’s Centre in Croydon to encourage children to play outdoors. The area has been drastically affected by play funding cuts, so this opportunity has given them a much needed chance to develop a permanent play structure. Stacey Morris, the head … Continue reading

Play in a box…what would you choose?

As one of 17 members in the new Free Time Consortium, London Play is mobilising an army of volunteers to increase children’s opportunities for natural play across London. As part of this Taking Nature to the Streets project, we are developing a new idea called ‘Play in a Box’. The concept is to have a … Continue reading

Inspiring Volunteering in Southwark

Guest post – Ashley Rogers, Senior Development Officer, Play England. Back in 2011, I worked with Southwark Council to help them develop their policies, strategy and practice around volunteering on their 15 Adventure Playgrounds (with a specific focus on the four run by the Voluntary and Community Sector). The cuts were hitting home across the … Continue reading

It’s time to blockade for play!

You have just 5 days to contribute to our first print run of community funded Love Outdoor Play stickers. While the stickers will hopefully create visible support for more outdoor and unstructured play in our communities clearly there is much more that can be done. I personally live in a terraced house that was built … Continue reading