A new map showing the Royal Borough of Greenwich in all its natural glory will be available to collect for free at the next Royal Arsenal farmers’ market in Woolwich, on 12 October.
Some 30 per cent of the Royal Borough is open space and the map, created by social enterprise Urban Good, identifies the public parks, gardens, commons, play spaces, allotments and city farms, civic spaces, nature reserves and waterways which make this up.
It also offers suggestions on how to make the most of these spaces – from ‘20 ways to explore the Royal Borough of Greenwich’ to tips on the wildlife you can spot including harbour seals, palmate newts, peregrine falcons and red kites.
Earlier this year London was named the world’s first National Park City, championing the capital’s existing green spaces and challenging Londoners to make the capital greener, healthier, more naturally diverse, resilient and enjoyable.
Urban Good’s map is a celebration of Greenwich’s contribution to the capital’s Park City status and has been created with the backing of Berkeley, the developer behind Kidbrooke Village (SE3), Royal Arsenal Riverside (SE18) and Plumstead West Thamesmead (SE28).
A team from the National Park City Foundation will also be at the farmers’ market on the 12 October alongside Urban Good with copies of the map and its Maker Guide.
The Royal Borough of Greenwich has over 50 parks, the newest of which is North Cator Park in Kidbrooke Village – a diverse area of grassland, meadow and wetland rich in plant and wildlife and home to a new adventure playground for children of all ages.
Ben Smith, trustee of the National Park City Foundation said: “We love seeing our vision for the London National Park City brought to life through projects in local communities across London, and how the vision has the ability to connect such seemingly diverse groups in our city.
There is no question in my mind that the National Park City maps produced by Urban Good have real impact. They show London, or areas such as Greenwich, in a way that changes people’s perceptions and inspire people to get outside and explore their neighbourhoods.
The Greenwich map has also helped to foster links between citizens, business and local government. I personally supported the Greenwich crowdfunder and I live in Merton!”
Carolina Correia, community development specialist at Berkeley, said: “The Royal Borough of Greenwich has some of the best green spaces in London and we’re really proud to be a part of that.
Having access to open spaces is so good for people and communities and this map shows the borough has so much to offer – we’ve loved the reaction we’ve been getting from the residents and schools we’ve already shared it with.
Half term is just around the corner so the farmers’ market on 12 October is the perfect time to pick up a copy.”
Berkeley is proud to supported and contribute to Urban Good’s work in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
The Royal Arsenal farmers’ market takes place on the second and last Saturday of every month in Royal Artillery Square, SE18 6ST – less than five minutes’ walk from the Woolwich DLR, National Rail and Thames Clipper stations. Urban Good’s Greenwich map can be picked up at the market on 12 October from 10.00am to 3.00pm.