Abbotts Wood

The Decorators

Abbotts Park, Forest ward

Abbotts Wood is a series of landscaping and sculptural interventions that offer new possibilities for natural play and socialising.

The transformation begins with the planting of new trees, low maintenance flower beds and the creation of a large-scale natural mound. This topography will encourage a sense of adventure and discovery while providing new habitats for pollinators and other animals that contribute to a healthier ecosystem for the park.

A series of sculptural objects will provide multiple opportunities to play, rest and meet. Inspired by natural elements found in the surrounding area, these forms will be developed in collaboration with local children and other users of the park. 

Updates

Work schedule

Work in Abbotts Park will start on Monday 14th September 2020. The current schedule is included below. 
Some entrances may be affected while the works are taking place. 

w/c 14 September; preliminary works and construction of the mound
w/c 5 October; planting scheme starts (weather permitting)
w/c 19 October; installation of sculptural elements and natural play

Engagement

An online survey designed to get a feedback from the users of the park and local residents and inform the final design of the proposal was available between 8th and 26th July. 
The survey is now closed and you can find out the results here

Profile

The Decorators is a multidisciplinary design collective founded by Suzanne O’Connell, Xavier Llarch Font, Carolina Caicedo and Mariana Pestana.

With backgrounds in landscape architecture, interior design and psychology, The Decorators work on spatial design projects that aim to reconnect the physical elements of a place with its social dimension. Their clients include local authorities and cultural institutions, with work ranging from context-specific engagement strategies and public realm landscapes, to exhibition design and interactive interiors.

The Decorators are currently design fellows at Stanley Picker Gallery and have been selected to be part of the British Pavilion 2021, representing the United Kingdom at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale.