Open House London

Deptford is a very neighbourly place, with familiar faces around most corners – friends to visit for a cup of tea – but there are some doors along the streets which tend to remain closed. However, this weekend (21st and 22nd September 2013) that all changes for this year’s London Open House.

Two of Twinkle Park’s closest neighbours are taking part in the event, providing a rare opportunity to see first hand some of Deptford’s most fascinating heritage.

Convoy’s Wharf – the site of Deptford’s historic Royal Dockyard – is open on Saturday, with developer Hutchison Whampoa once again presenting their current plan for developing the site. It’s a plan on a massive scale, and worth coming to see in situ to get an idea of what may become of the area.

Round the corner, at the end of Watergate Street, the Master Shipwright’s House – the remaining intact vestige of the Deptford’s dockyard – is displaying some of the more imaginative plans for Convoy’s Wharf, including Build the Lenox and Sayes Court Garden, and will be firing cannons and creating a merry hubbub – so please pay a visit!

Toddlers’ play area for Charlotte Turner Gardens

Photo of Charlotte Turner Gardens, Deptford


As you may have seen at the consultations held over the past year, and on this website following the Twinkle Park Trust 2013 AGM, a masterplan for the refurbishment of Charlotte Turner Gardens has been in development for quite some time.

One intended element of the plan is a toddlers’ play area, comprised of small scale, largely natural play equipment, intended for the gated area at the McMillan Street entrance to Charlotte Turner Gardens (pictured above). Whilst the wider Gardens can be enjoyed by people of all ages, and additions in the masterplan cater to the leisure needs of older people, an area where younger children can play and explore was felt to be a much needed addition.

Earlier this year, the Twinkle Park Trust made an application to The Veolia Environmental Trust for a grant to fund the building of the toddlers’ play area, and we are delighted to announce that an amount of £30,000 has been awarded for the completion of the project.

We hope that the play area, which adjoins the existing playground of the Armada Community Hall, will prove to be a popular spot where small children and their parents/carers can play safely and happily.

The information below is taken from a press release from The Veolia Environmental Trust.


A project to improve Charlotte Turner Gardens, off McMillan St, Deptford, has received a boost from The Veolia Environmental Trust.

We have awarded the Twinkle Park Trust a grant of £30,000 towards the installation of a toddlers’ play area in the gardens. It is being installed as part of work to ensure that all sections of the gardens are accessible to the general public and also providing for different age groups with activities.

The grant was awarded at our quarterly Board meeting on 15 July 2013, when a 48 grants totalling over £1.2m were awarded to community and environmental projects across the UK.

We award grants through the Landfill Communities Fund and in the last five years we have awarded over £2m to projects in Greater London.

We will now work with the Twinkle Park Trust to finalise the details of the project and get it started as soon as possible.

The Twinkle Park Trust Co-ordinator, Carol Kenna, says, “This grant is great news and means we can push the project forward and install new play equipment in the gardens.” This will conclude a programme of work begun by members of the local community in 1994 to build a new park called Twinkle Park and refurbish Charlotte Turner Gardens.

The Acting Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Maria Cade, adds, “We are pleased to be able to support this project and look forward to seeing it start.”


The Twinkle Park Trust would like to thank The Veolia Environmental Trust for this grant, and we look forward to making further announcements on the next phase of the project in the near future.

Details of the plan produced by Ireland Albrecht, the landscape architects engaged on the project, can be viewed here:

Charlotte Turner Gardens Play Area plan (pdf).



Green Flag Community Award announcement

News has just come in from Green Flag Award and the Department for Community and Local Government that Twinkle Park & Charlotte Turner Gardens have once again been awarded the Green Flag Community Award – one of 15 awards granted throughout the Royal Borough of Greenwich this year.

Many congratulations to all the other winners around Greenwich and Lewisham, and thank you to everyone who helps to keep our green spaces in the condition they are in.

Our new flag should be arriving any day now, just in time for Love Parks Week (29th July – 4th August). Until then, here is a photograph of the existing flag, fluttering around at the entrance to Charlotte Turner Gardens!


Photograph of the Green Flag in Charlotte Turner Gardens, Deptford 


Pond Cleaning

UPDATE: due to the very seasonable but nonetheless unexpected hot weather, the postponed pond clear will now take place on Sunday, 21st July 2013 from 2pm

As we all know, plants gain their energy from the Sun through the process of photosynthesis – and as many of us will have noticed these past couple of weeks, there’s been a great deal of sunshine around. No particular complaints in these quarters, however it does mean that the pond weed, cleared out just a few weeks ago, before the summer festival, has had a growth spurt.

So, it’s time to gather our tools and get to work:

Pond clearing session

Thursday, 18th July
between 3pm and 7pm.

Just come and join in when you can.

The weather forecast is predicting a sunny day again so please provide yourselves with a hat, sun-block,
and a maybe even a rug to take well-earned rests.

Carol from the Twinkle Park Trust will be on hand to provide drinks and bananas for sustenance.

See you there on Thursday.


Twinkle Park pond clear

Just a few weeks ago the water was still relatively clean, given the cold, lengthy winter, so it’s incredible to see how quickly the pondweed grows once spring arrives. Judging for this year’s Green Flag Community Award is taking place next week, so we want the park to be looking its best, and more importantly – our Summer Festival is coming up this Sunday, 9th June 2013. With this in mind the Twinkle Park Trust will be donning the waders, loading the wheelbarrow and clearing the pond on:

Tuesday, 4th June 2013

11am – 3pm

If you could join in for an hour or two (or the whole day, if so inclined!) we would love to see you there. . The work will involve some strenuous lifting to drag the weeds out of the pond and into bags for disposal. We will provide some light refreshments for any helpers.



Twinkle Park Summer Festival

Flyer for the Twinkle Park Summer Festival, Deptford


Do the long range weather forecasts go as far as 9th June? The annual Twinkle Park Summer Festival has been confirmed, and everyone is invited. Last year’s event was a sunny Sunday and here’s hoping this will be as well.

It’s a day for everyone to come out and enjoy live music, food and drink, and a range of community and children’s activities. Once again, we will welcome DJ Stormy’s reggae & dancehall, Heart of Steel Orchestra, and Paul Zec’s jazz band to ease us into the evening.

All are welcome, and we hope to see you there. Feel free to share our event on Facebook:

Image for Royal Greenwich Festivals

Metal theft



The left hand plaque in this photograph shows where once was a steel sign commemorating the opening of Twinkle Park, which has been stolen in the past few weeks. It may be an isolated incident, but it is worth local residents being vigilant over any similar metal items, and reporting anything suspicious to the police.

Spring arrives!

Cherry Blossom in Twinkle Park, Deptford


Just one week ago, there were only buds on the trees, but by the weekend the cherry tree in Twinkle Park had burst into pink flower. The next few days should see more flowers start to bloom throughout the gardens, which we’ll be keenly looking out for.

Improvements to Charlotte Turner Gardens

The recent AGM of the Twinkle Park Trust saw the completed master plan for the refurbishment of Charlotte Turner Gardens, produced by Ireland Albrecht landscape architects. The contracts will soon be put to tender, and we hope that work will be completed in time for this year’s summer holidays.

The plans have been made with the consultation of local residents and park users at every stage, and will result in a much-improved, open, friendly place for the whole community. The improvements can be viewed in detail via the Charlotte Turner Gardens page of the website, and are available to download as a PDF (Charlotte Turner Gardens Plan).

We are very much looking forward to opening of the new Gardens, and will keep everyone updated here. We would welcome any comments about the plans.


UPDATE 11th April 2013: Due to the availability of an additional funding stream for the proposed toddler’s playground, a decision has been taken to delay the work until the end of the summer; this will enable two distinct phases of work to be undertaken at the same time. Further news will be posted on the website when it becomes available.

Twinkle Park Trust online

Whilst we will always encourage you to spend time in the parks and garden out in the real world, in order to keep people better connected with activities and news about Twinkle Park and Charlotte Turner Gardens, the Twinkle Park Trust now has both a Facebook page and a Twitter feed for you to visit the parks virtually. As well as keeping the website updated with information, we will ensure that all forthcoming activities have Events listed on Facebook so that keeping track and sharing with friends is straightforward.

Please like/follow/retweet as appropriate!

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