April 5th, 2018

Restoring the pond – thanks to Veolia Environmental Trust

In October 2013, the pond at Twinkle Park mysteriously drained overnight, devastating a habitat which was home to birds, insects and aquatic life, and leaving a literal hole in place of a uniquely calm part of Deptford.

A panorama of the former pond at Twinkle Park, full of plant life as a meadow sprung up

Since that time, the Twinkle Park Trust has been working to investigate what happened and to raise funds to restore the pond. Now, thanks to a grant from Veolia Environmental Trust as well as support from Royal Borough of Greenwich Parks Department, we are delighted to announce that work will begin imminently to bring back this much loved landmark.

The Trust has worked in conjunction with the park’s original landscape architects, Ireland Albrecht, to devise a slight redesign to ensure a healthy and sustainable future for the pond and bring the most out of the setting.

Details of the project, including plans for the work can be found in this document (PDF, 4.2Mb).

What you need to know

Following a tender process, Warwick Landscaping Ltd has been appointed to undertake the work, which is due to commence on Monday, 9th April, and will take about a month. During this time there will be no access to the western end of the park, along Watergate Street. Parking in the FREE parking bays at the top end of Watergate Street will be restricted at certain times and we ask your patience while this important work in undertaken.

If you experience any problems during this period, please contact Carol Kenna, Twinkle Park Trust Coordinator

Email: carol@greenwichmuralworkshop.com

Whilst the ‘meadow’ that’s been growing in place of the pond has had its charms, following the completion of the work we are greatly looking forward to seeing the wildlife return to the pond and flourish once again, and for the local community to enjoy the park at its best.

A photograph of the pond at Twinkle Park, full of water!

A formal celebration and opening ceremony is planned to take place at this year’s Summerfest (part of Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Parksfest programme).

Twinkle Park Trust would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work in bringing this project about, and especially the Veolia Environmental Trust for granting the funding to make it possible.

Logo for Veolia Environmental Trust, which has funded a large part of the pond project

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