Garden of Discovery

The ‘Garden of Discovery’ is a landscaped community space created in 2013 on reclaimed grounds adjacent to Mitcham Lane Baptist Church (MLBC) in Furzedown, Tooting, London. 

The Garden of Discovery is maintained by volunteers and is open to the local community as a safe, peaceful, child-friendly space. It is a well used and much appreciated garden that has been been accessed even more during the COVID 19 pandemic as it offers a number of social distanced spaces. Being adjacent to Penwortham School it is also used as a meeting space for parents with children, by local children’s nurseries, and by families living in accommodation with no outside play space. During the vaccination program, the GoD is used as the exit point from the adjacent MLBC community hall that serves as the main local vaccination centre. 


We are planning to upgrade parts of the garden with some safe soft play areas plus pathways and add a special COVID 19 Memorial seating area. 

How can you help?

1] Complete the survey about the garden (Survey link)

2] Support the project financially with a gift

3] Help with ongoing maintenance (email link)

Funding for a safer play upgrade and COVID 19 Memorial seating

1] Safer play upgrade

 The increase in community use of the Garden of Discovery has impacted on the grassed play areas. The funding will enable durable safe soft pathways to be constructed on the upper tier play area, linking it with the existing pathways. The safe soft play surface will also be extended around the adventure play and climb equipment. 

2] COVID 19 Memorial Seating

A new seating area, plus planting, that will create an additional quiet  space that includes a plaque recognising the impact of pandemic emergency on the local community through personal loss and stress. It will also recognise the courage and sacrifice of the many medical, school and care staff plus other key workers living nearby. 

The implementation of the improvements will be managed by MLBC church, supported by the three other churches on Furzedown, plus other local groups.