Early in 2020, two KOVE members and West Hampstead residents, Anne-Marie Rivers and Phyllis Young, raised the issue of the disrepair of benches at West End Green. This was reported to Camden, supported by the argument that benches – always required by older people (and others) who need a rest whilst out – was given greater emphasis by COVID restrictions. The need for daily exercise meant places to stop and rest had become essential.
The project manager of the Green Space Investment programme was persuaded and £50,000 was allocated to West End Green, with refurbishment of benches amongst identified works. Happily, the original ironwork of the old benches was retained and the wood replaced. All credit to Anne-Marie and Phyllis, along with former KOVE Co-ordinator and volunteer, Mel Wright.
(Pictured l to r: Anne-Marie, KOVE Vice Chair Lynda Stuart, and Phyllis; photo by Lynda).