Kennington Park, London

Overview

Kennington Park is a public park in Kennington, south London. Opened in 1854, it was the first public park in London, and one of the earliest venues for cricket in the capital. It has won multiple Green Flag Awards.

Project brief

Ecosulis was commissioned to assess Kennington Park from a biodiversity and health perspective, and then devise and implement a new park design.

YEAR

2015

Impact

manage Biodiversity

An increase in biodiversity in the park.

Protect Habitats

The development of different habitat types for wildlife.

empower-us-to-act People

Improvements in human physical and mental health.

How we added value.

Biodiversity & Health: a combined approach

In cities, open spaces are often designed to either provide opportunities for biodiversity OR human recreation, health and wellness. With a new quantitative method developed by Ecosulis, it is possible to assess and consider both biodiversity and human health when designing open spaces.

Biodiversity & Health: baseline assessment

Ecosulis under took a baseline assessment of the park from a biodiversity and health perspective, and then used this information to identify where improvements could be made. This included identifying which improvements would provide both biodiversity and health enhancements, as these would be the most efficient measures to incorporate into a small parkland area.

Result: current health status

Regarding the current health status, Kennington Park had a satisfactory score on the criteria “Community Initiatives” and “Accessibility”. The largest improvements could be made in the categories “Environment” and “Mental Wellbeing”. In addition, although the “Activity Zones” scored relatively well, there are still many improvements that could be made in this aspect.

Result: park improvements

Improvements include creating wildflower meadows within areas of the parkland to increase species diversity and opportunities for pollinators. This also improves the amenity value of the park and will benefit human mental health. Other measures include the incorporation of interpretation boards, as well as natural trail areas for human physical wellbeing.

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