10 March 2016
A small green oasis in Deptford is under threat. Developers Family Mosaic and Sherry Green Homes have applied to Lewisham Council to build housing on the site of the Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden. This is a rediscovered wild space in the heart of Deptford which local residents have developed and maintained as an asset for the whole community.
Lewisham Council has policies that support working with local residents to introduce community gardens, as one way of protecting the quality of life of Lewisham’s growing population. The Council has already recognised the value of the Garden now under threat by granting a lease to the community group that run it.
The Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden is a mature and highly biodiverse green space. The replacement proposed by the developers would be only one third the size and fall far short of the established garden in terms of biodiversity, recreational quality, greenhouse gas uptake or flood risk mitigation. For these reasons, Lewisham Green Party is supporting the local community group in its campaign to make sure that the future of the garden is safeguarded.
Along with many local residents, I have written to the Council objecting to the plan. The Green Party is committed to maintaining the green spaces that we still have left in the capital and increasing their number wherever possible.
As Green Party candidate for Greenwich and Lewisham in the London Elections in May, I call on Lewisham Council to stand by its own policy commitments to ensure the survival of the Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden and to work with other community to add to the number of community run green spaces whenever the opportunity arises.