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 is maintained by volunteers and open to the local community as a safe, peaceful, child-friendly space. Being adjacent to Penwortham School it is also used as a meeting place for parents with children, by local children’s nurseries, and by families living in accommodation with no outside play space.
Covid Memorial Seating
A new Covid Memorial seating area has been created within the Garden of Discovery as a special place to remember the impact of the pandemic emergency on the local community and as a tribute to the courage and sacrifice of the many key workers living nearby. Thank you to all the local people, churches and organisations who helped fund the memorial.
Safer Play Upgrade Appeal
The Garden of Discovery is well used and much appreciated. We estimate that in the past year there has been around 40,000 visits in total to the garden. However, the increase in community use has impacted the grassed play areas. The opening hours of the garden have been extended and we plan to use the garden for more community events for local children, youth groups, families and elderly people on Furzedown. It will also continue to play a role in the immunisation programme as a safe space for exiting the adjacent hall.
We are appealing for financial support to enable more durable safer play and exploration areas to be constructed on the upper tier of the garden around existing adventure play and climb areas including adding timber sensory panels and education boards plus enhance sustainable wildlife aspects of the garden.