The Tent That Can Hear

Sounds Interrupted

Jessie Brennan


Jessie Brennan
Stave Hill Ecological Park
The Rotherhithe Shed

Stave Hill Ecological Park is a little over 30 years old. The site has recently been granted urban nature reserve status, after a precarious history when its future as a public green space has been uncertain.

Vision advertises the fact that the ecology park's mixed woodland, which gives the impression of a natural feature, was designed and planted as an experiment in ecological landscaping, on rubble infill into former wet docks. It points to a history of locally based urban ecology and activism to safeguard public land, mobilized by an ongoing history of urban development. What lessons can others learn for their own community-led urban green spaces, from the Ecological Park's successes in 'staying put'?

Image: Test print at Stave Hill, April 2019
Photo: Jessie Brennan

Supported by Arts Council England, University of Gloucestershire, Southwark Neighbourhoods Fund, North Southwark Environment Trust, TCV and individual contributors