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20 November 2008

M&S and Groundwork unveil the first London Greener Living Space

On Saturday 22nd November, the first London ‘Greener Living Space’ supported by money raised from Marks & Spencer’s carrier bag charge will launch to the public. Ufford Street Recreation Ground in the London Borough of Lambeth has been developed by Marks & Spencer, Groundwork and other local partners. The project has created a brand new recreation area, complete with play equipment and seating. Prior to the transformation it was dilapidated, concrete space, with old equipment and overgrown planting.

The new design of the Ufford Street Park play area is unique in Lambeth as it involves a mixture of traditional play equipment with natural play features, such as a climbing tree in the shape of a fallen Oak.   

Natural grass matting lines the floor of all the play area and tropical solid wood has been used for different sized benches throughout the park. Circulation throughout the space has been greatly improved, where previously pathways were broken and difficult to manoeuvre; now two new wide pathways have greatly improved access for all residents.   

Groundwork London will host a launch day with music, refreshments, and a variety of activities for local parents and children.  

Carla Diego of Groundwork London said “The additional money sourced by M&S has made a big difference to completing essential improvements to this local play area and park, until recently only funded by Lambeth Council. Residents have been very keen to ensure the park is redeveloped, whilst being in the heart of Waterloo the park is also very close to homes and young children in need of a safe place to play. This is a long-standing green space desperately in need of being brought back to life.”  

John Wrigglesworth, M&S Store Manager, said: “We’re delighted that one of the ‘Greener Living Spaces’ is in Waterloo. The charge is really helping our customers to cut down on the number of carrier bags they use, but if they do need one, they can be assured all the profits from their 5p will be invested in projects like this – the park looks great.”

Contact details

For general enquiries, contact Carla Diego-Franceskides on 07951 391 382 or