Grounds Maintenance, Landscape Creation, Arboriculture, Sports Surfacing, Parks management, IOS Managing Safely Training, Ecology & Biodiversity, Grass cutting, Horticulture, Street Cleaning, Soft Landscaping, Hard Landscaping
This was a community project where Hackney Council, St Paul’s Church and local people who were looking to restore a large and underused public space, comprising West Hackney Recreation Ground and the associated spaces around St Paul’s Church.
This was a community project where Hackney Council, St Paul’s Church and local people who were looking to restore a large and underused public space, comprising West Hackney Recreation Ground and the associated spaces around St Paul’s Church, as a focus for:
The original church was built in 1823 and, following the bombing of the Second World War, was rebuilt in 1960. The West Hackney Recreation Ground evolved as a result of the Disused Burial Grounds Act of 1884 and the Open Spaces act of 1906. Handed over to the council in 1885 and following the approval from local people, the graveyard was closed and the headstones moved to the periphery of the new recreation ground.
The main heritage value of the Recreation Ground and surroundings is that it is typical of former London burial grounds, and its unique heritage tracks the history of the community of which it is central, from its development to the present day. The landscape proposals, which were financed in part from The Heritage Lottery Fund scheme, looked to celebrate and integrate the unique heritage and architectural qualities of the site and create a balance between conservation, ecology and increased visitor activity.
idverde was appointed as principal contractor and undertook a programme of works including:-
Careful programming and planning was required to ensure that the site remained useable by all local stakeholders throughout the works. Access to St Pauls Church had to be maintained throughout the works and a weekly farmers market was also accommodated throughout the works programme, with safe access for all visitors maintained.
BALI National Landscape Award Winner 2015 – Restoration and Regeneration Scheme.