INGESTRE WOODS

CLIENT: LB CAMDEN, TCV

DATE: DECEMBER 2012

LOCATION: Ingestre Woods nature reserve, Kentish Town, London

I was asked by LB Camden as part of the regeneration of Ingestre Woods to design and produce signage for the woodland nature reserve. This hidden treasure positioned in the middle of a concrete housing estate was much loved by some locals, but unknown to others and had become overgrown and inaccessible. The revival conducted by The Conservation Volunteers, included clearing and re-building pathways, building a pond, compost bins and an insect hotel.

Wooden hand painted signage highlighted the new features on site, as well as encouraging engagement with the reserve through mystery swing signs revealing maps and wildlife throughout the site. A blackboard at the entrance asks 'What wildlife have you seen today?' to track and share seasonal sightings. Scattered though out the woodland, the signs serve to intrigue and lead visitors through.

Initial research involved talking to local residents and members of the Tenants and Residents Association, which highlighted the importance of family visitors. This influenced the direction of the project, using an element of mystery to engage children.

For sharing:

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