Grove Adventure Playground

Grove Adventure Playground

When the Grove Adventure Playground was threatened with closure in 2017, LJAG stepped in to save it as we believed there was a local need for supervised adventure play in Loughborough Junction.  The playground in Gordon Grove has some of the most adventurous climbing structures in London.

Local people told us that they would like the playground to open during the school holidays and on Saturdays.  Since summer 2018 the Grove has done just that:  we have run supervised holiday playschemes during all school holidays and for around 32 Saturdays a year.

Over 400 children and young people, most of whom live very locally, are registered to use the playground with our popular holiday playschemes regularly attended by as many as 75 children a day.

The playground is open access for children and young people between the ages of six and 14, and anyone who wants to stay on past their 15th birthday is encouraged to sign on as a young volunteers.

Our children and young people tell us that what they love most about the playground is playing on our structures and being with their friends.

The playground has developed a number of exciting projects.  The Cooking club is run by Leah Hargreaves, which involves the children and young people in planning, preparing, cooking and serving the hot meal which is provided every day the playground is open.  We have a close working relationship with City Harvest who deliver us surplus food. Everyone involved is encouraged to take an age-appropriate hygiene course.

The Enterprise Club, run by Nick Lewis, involves the children and young people in raising money for the Grove.  Grove merchandise for sale has been developed including mugs and postcards which are often sold at a market stall outside the playground.  The children and young people held a Christmas market in the week before Christmas 2019.

The Grove building is a hive of activity outside playground opening hours. During the week local people pop in for a chat or to volunteer.  Sixth formers from Turney School, one of Lambeth council’s special schools, come once a week to help with maintenance.  A group of young people from Elmgreen School are volunteering at the Grove as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.  On Thursday evening after school, the Grove young person’s committee come in to plan activities.

The Grove is a member of the Building Young Brixton consortium of Brixton-based youth services which include our neighbours Marcus Lipton, Ebony Horse Club, High Trees,  Baytree Centre, Spiral, IMRO, and Advocacy Academy.

The Grove is funded by:  BBC Children in Need; People’s Health Trust; L&Q Foundation; Fresh Leaf Foundation; Lambeth CLIPs; Lambeth Early Intervention and Prevention Programme (EIPS); Garfield Weston; and Lambeth Community Fund.

The Grove has its own website which you can access here.  To contact playground manager Nick Lewis email groveapg@gmail.com or Oli Perrins, playleader at groveplayleader@gmail.com.