Youngsters from a London school joined members of the Playforce team for a shrub and bulb planting day in a rejuvenated park to help them feel part of their physical environment.

Playforce, part of the TCL group, invited the children, from St John Fisher School in Thamesmead, to take part in the activity after refurbishing a play area in the park next to their school on behalf of social housing provider Peabody which manages a number of homes in the area.


Part of Playforce’s remit, which also included revitalising two other play areas in Thamesmead for Peabody, was to encourage the local community to feel part of the newly refreshed surroundings.

The design by Shape and works undertaken by TCL Group have transformed the area

After a talk at morning assembly about the role of the park, plants and colour through the seasons, the entire school, along with teachers and members of staff joined Playforce, Peabody and landscape architects Shape armed with spades and bark mulch.


Playforce operations manager Jane Bain explained: “The children were really excited about being involved in ‘their’ park. It was great to see that they enjoyed playing a part in shaping their immediate environment, rather than seeing it something detached from their day-to-day lives.  Everyone had a great time and the pupils were a credit to their community!”

Peabody’s landscape regeneration manager Amanda-Jayne Doherty added: “Peabody is undertaking a number of play refurbishments in Thamesmead, with St John Fisher being the first to be completed. 


“The design by Shape and works undertaken by TCL Group have transformed the area, creating a beautiful play space with lots of exciting equipment to enjoy. It was great that the children from St John Fisher school could help with the design and planting of new trees and shrubs. The play space has been well received and demonstrates Peabody’s commitment to regenerating Thamesmead.”

St John Fisher:

  • Removal of existing play equipment
  • Tree protection
  • Paths and surfacing
  • Installation of 7 pieces of play equipment
  • Boundary planting and tree planting


The other play refurbishments in Thamesmead undertaken by TCL Group were Middle Way and Manor Way.


Middle Way:

  • Removal of existing tree stump
  • Turf maintenance
  • Surfacing
  • Installation of 7 pieces of gym equipment
  • Multi Use Games Area refurbishment


Manor Way:

  • Excavation and removal of existing play equipment
  • Construction of a retainer wall
  • Surfacing
  • Installation of 4 pieces of play equipment
  • Adaption of existing play equipment to extend their life