The Landscape Guide

Woolwich Park

After winning the competition, Whitetlaw Turkington landscape architects were commissioned to design the park in 1997. A generous series of ramped steps, with dramatic columnar lights, flows from Central Woolwich towards the river. It is a well-proportion and well-detailed space. But it lacks activity, probably because the London Borough of Greenwich did not have a strategic open space plan when it commissioned the landscape architects. Good landscape design enjoys the Vitruvian virtues of commodity firmness and delight.

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The scale of the landscape design for Woolwich Park is proportionate to the scale of the river, but it is more an aesthetic design than a social design or an ecological design.