Community, connection and Covid 19: How landscape-led placemaking prioritises and strengthens community

Thamesmead has bold landscape-led regeneration plans for the future

Since the start of the pandemic people of all ages now spend more time outdoors – and the public realm has taken on a new significance in community life. As we look towards a post-pandemic future, this case study explores Thamesmead, the lessons we can learn from how communities have used outside spaces during lockdown and how landscape-led placemaking prioritises and strengthens community.

Local trusts: helping them help Londoners

Providing community services, space and connections is getting tougher. Historically the domain of churches and temples and technically a council responsibility, this key element of local support relies on vulnerable funding – and lots of good will. Local trusts have been delivering that support for decades, and it may be time for them to play a bigger role.

Estate Regeneration Ballots

Resident ballots will soon be a GLA funding condition for major schemes involving demolition. To gauge response and understand how the public sector can respond to the initiative’s risks and opportunities, FoL’s London Housing Network focused on balloting in its standing-room-only April session.