Calling all parents & carers - tell us your views about play in Lewisham

Closed 25 Mar 2022

Opened 1 Mar 2021

Feedback updated 1 Nov 2022

We asked

Thank you for responding to our survey about play which has informed developing a strategy for play. The survey was one part of the consulation and 427 responses were recieved. In addition to the survey a wide-ranging consultation and engagement exercise  was undertaken between February and March 2022. Views were asked from a variety of groups and sources including:  Adult and children online survey monkey, schools via a schools competition, Vox pops consultation at Lewisham shopping centre, Council Members and officers, Public Health, Early Years, Young Mayors and Young Advisors  and Children and family centres. This resulted in another 575 views - 902 in total.

 These are some of the questions we asked children, young people and their families:

Where do you like to play? 

Is this close enough to walk from home? 

Is there anything that puts you off playing where you want to?

What new play things would you like to see in Lewisham?

Why is play important to you?


You said

The vast majority of the respondents reported that they appreciate and regularly use Lewisham play spaces. Some of the other issues highlighted were in relation to feeling safe in the play area, increasing the opening hours of play spaces and the maintenance of play spaces.

We did

The Play Strategy has been published and includes an Action Plan informed by the outcome of the consulltation. See the link to the Strategy here: Play Strategy



Lewisham Council knows how important play is for our children’s and young people's development. We want to ensure we make the best use of our play resources to support all children and young people to enjoy play and thrive.

We have appointed the specialist organisation London Play to help us develop a plan for play for the borough, and we would like to capture as many views from children, young people, parents and carers as possible about: 

  • Play facilities in the borough
  • The purpose and value of play (what it means to children and adults)
  • Ideas for future play development 

This will help London Play produce an audit of play in the borough and begin to develop recommendations.

There is a separate survey for children and young people, which is being distributed through their schools.



  • Bellingham
  • Blackheath
  • Brockley
  • Catford South
  • Crofton Park
  • Downham
  • Evelyn
  • Forest Hill
  • Grove Park
  • Ladywell
  • Lee Green
  • Lewisham Central
  • Perry Vale
  • Rushey Green
  • Sydenham
  • Telegraph Hill


  • Children and young people


  • Sport and leisure