Parklets Hiding In Plain Sight (1)
Sorry – the start of yet another occasional series today, guys. For some time now, it’s been dawning on me that Greenwich has even more green places than we tend to think, and I thought we should start celebrating the little parklets that dot themselves around the town so discreetly that we walk past and don’t even see them.
I’m starting today with one of the bigger ones, though there’s no way it’s big enough to be classified as a park. It’s on the junction of Tunnel Avenue and Blackwall Lane. I was quite surprised that it’s not marked on Streetmap and my A-Z is so tiny that it doesn’t have it either and yet this is not only a largish patch of ground (I bet a developer could put at least fifty teeny-tiny flats on it) it is clearly looked after.
There are a variety of interesting trees, some of which are proper-sized (something many parks shy away from these days in favour of silly little varieties that aren’t going to require any maintenance) and which provide a lot of shade – and, for the residents of Tunnel Avenue, a welcome screen from the road, the factories and the carwash. Regular readers will know that my superpower is a stupidly (and sometimes embarrassingly) strong sense of smell and in the spring there is something growing in there whose perfume lifts my heart (as opposed to many of East Greenwich’s ‘fragrances’ – and yes, there are STILL weird old odours wafting in from somewhere.)
And there are roses. Lots of, which also require maintenance, which, I assume, is done by Greenwich Council (they have a couple of litter bins in there too, but no benches that I can remember.)
I don’t often praise the council, but this morning I tip my tricorn to their parks department. The grass may be a little shaggy but I’m just fine with that. This little area (I’m not aware it even has a name – maybe it needs one – suggestions please…) could have just been neglected or sold off, but it isn’t. It’s a little oasis hiding in plain sight without which this generally-neglected region of Greenwich would be a mass of concrete, cars and fumes.
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