Work has started on turning a neglected and overgrown park entrance into an appealing and welcoming green space gateway under a project backed by residents.
The £40,000 Lambeth Council scheme will see Larkhall Park’s entrance from Priory Grove, Stockwell revamped.
The old entrance and overgrown bushes were removed by council contractors Conway last week and the project, which is backed by the Friends of Larkhall Park group, is expected to be finished by May.
New footpaths being added will be partly made from cobble stones that used to run along Priory Mews next to the park. Reclaimed materials are also being used to enlarge a fountain behind the entrance which is also being fixed under the scheme.
Cllr Imogen Walker, Cabinet member for Environment and Sustainability, said: “I am delighted that work has started on this project and that local residents have been so involved in its design.
“They told us they wanted certain trees retained and as a result three silver birches have been kept at this park entrance. Having visited the site I can see the birch trees will complement the rest of this fantastic scheme.”
The work will also see fresh plantings and new varieties of bushes and trees introduced. Benches are also being added to other parts of Larkhall Park, which is 15 acres in size and was first created in 1974.
Carl Kowsky, Chair of the Friends of Larkhall Park, said: “We were approached by Lambeth highways who wanted to improve the park, especially the entrance in Priory Road which was very overgrown.
“Local people said they liked the birch trees and it was agreed they would be incorporated. I’m delighted the work is taking place and at the council commitment to the park.”
The project has been funded from the council’s Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme which is being run to improve the look and feel of streets in targeted parts of the borough.