A century-old recreational space has been turned into an urban oasis with the help of MEDITE SMARTPLY.
The company donated hexagonal planters to a project to renovate London’s Marllborough Sports Garden, transforming it from a graffitied concrete space to a “design-led active space” for local residents.
The planters are made of MEDITE TRIYOCA EXTREME, a hard-wearing MDF sustainably manufactured in the UK from FSC-certified Irish pine. They have been filled with trees and plants and now sit along the edges of the Marlborough Sports Garden in Southwark.
Helen John of the Bankside Open Spaces Trust, the charity that coordinated the regeneration project and will continue to manage the garden, thanked MEDITE SMARTPLY for its “kind” donation. She said: “The planters really put the ‘garden’ into Marlborough Sports Garden.
The garden was renovated by local residents and corporate volunteers who painted over the graffiti and planted the planters. There is a football pitch, sand court, a decking for picnics, basketball facilities, and a table tennis area. There are also seating areas next to the planters where people can relax and enjoy the unique space.
The planters were a central feature at the official opening of the revamped Garden, which has been a community area for more than 100 years. In attendance were Olympian Tom Daley and murdered Labour MP Jo Cox’s sister Kim and parents Jean and Gordon Leadbeater.
Daley said: “This area of London doesn’t have much outdoor space so I am delighted to see this new facility up and running.
“I hope local school children get a huge amount of use and enjoyment from it. It’s really important that young people have places like this to play and exercise in. Well done BOST for redeveloping the Marlborough Sports Garden and providing this fantastic space for everyone.”