Parklets Hiding In Plain Sight (2)
Here’s another example of the sort of parklet I mean – not an ‘official’ park, however small, but a teeny area of land that still gets at least basic maintenance.
It’s actually at the other end of the road to the first one at the junction where Tunnel Avenue meets Woolwich Road, just outside the old fire station. It’s almost certainly an odd plot left over when they put through the A102(M) as a new route to the tunnel. Happily, it was grassed over and six specimen trees added (one of which looks a bit boffed which makes me think the railings weren’t always there).
Now we walk straight past it, and I’m willing to wager that 99% of us don’t even ‘see’ it as we pass. But think of the alternative. This could have just been paved over and left as a concrete nothing. As it is, it softens the scene (making the fire station look good), gives the regulars at the Angerstein something to look at that isn’t grey and provides an handy spot for our local tramp to sun himself.
By the way, just up the path from there, running along the sliproad going up to the A102(M) there’s a teeny plot of land that’s just crying out for some guerilla gardening…
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