This municipal park was made as Colonel North's private garden. North was known as the Nitrate King. His house was damaged in World War 2 but has been repaired. It is now used by the University of Greenwich, which maintains the magnificent Victorian Conservatory.
Avery Hill Park is an ocean of mown grass. It is well maintained by Greenwich Council but receives little use - except by dog walkers. Students shortcut through the park from the Student Village to the Mansion House campus but no footpath has been made for them and the University had to close the campus entrance on the park front 'for security reasons'. One therefore has the impression that the park managers are unaware of 'their' park being the heart of a large university with one of the largest landscape architecture programmes in Europe. It is an amazing example of a park failing to respond in any way to its local community, and therefore being greatly underused. 'Just keep on cutting the grass' appears to be the municipal motto but they also maintain a vestigal rock garden and a hard-to-find rose garden.
Landscape architects: none
See eBook: Alicia Amherst on Avery Hill Park, 1907
over 5 years by Tom 5 / 5My impression is that Avery Hill Park is well used by footballers on Saturdays but compared with a good park, like Greenwich Park, it is very under-used during the week. I am not saying it is empty but it would be interesting to divide the annual maintenance cost by the number of visitors/year (and also by the number of visits/year). It would not surprise me if each visit costs Â£50. If the management was more ecological the cost would be lower and the visual quality would be higher. With regard to the student traffic mentioned above, it has stopped because the University of Greenwich closed its access gates. Parks should of course be conserved - but they should also receive enlightened management. It will be interesting to see what is done at Avery Hill with the Boris Johnson money.
over 5 years by Adam 5 / 5your quote."Receives little use-except by dog walkers"???
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'Just keep on cuttin'
The rock garden and Colonel North's Mansion
The great conservatory