Peabody has been working with residents at Shadwell over the last ten months to understand how they would like to use the open areas of their estate. In collaboration with landscape architects Turkington Martin, Peabody have developed designs in response to residents’ thoughts and concerns and are pleased to say that they have received planning permission for the landscape proposals. Works will begin on site in January 2016 and will include the following:
- 26 new trees;
- new lawn areas and a variety of planting to provide colour throughout the seasons;
- food growing area with a gardening club shed;
- timber seating and wavy play decks;
- play features incorporating natural elements;
- improved vehicle and pedestrian surfaces;
- new bin stores, personal storage, and cycle storage with biodiverse roofs and walls;
- new estate signage;
- improved lighting to help create a safe and atmospheric environment.
As well as improving the space for residents, there will be big benefits for wildlife, and a significant contribution towards targets in the Local Biodiversity Action Plan. New habitats will include chalk grassland, open mosaic habitat and mixed native hedge, while nectar-rich and night-scented flowers, dense climbers and including Birdsfoot Trefoil on the green roofs will benefit priority species such as bumblebees, bats, House Sparrows and the Common Blue butterfly.