Access to conservation:Greenwich Meantime Plant Nursery

Colourful Meantime Nursery Sign

Meantime Nursery Sign

The Meantime Plant Nursery is an innovative volunteer powered project, aiming to put vacant development land to good use growing plants. The Conservation Volunteers are now offering a new volunteering opportunity at the Meantime Plant Nursery:

-learn and develop horticultural skills such as plant propagation and maintenance.
-enhance your DIY and carpentry skills, building new raised beds, irrigating polytunnels and constructing staging.
-discover dendrology with the ‘Remarkable Tree Project’, our new initiative to find and multiply London’s most unusual and unique trees.

Volunteer days are held every Tuesday from 10-3, tea, coffee, biscuits, and all tools, training and equipment will be provided.

Michael and Pat and a volunteer

Michael and Pat and a volunteer

I went along to volunteer one Tuesday and found a cheery welcome. We are sorting out how to be most useful to the project. Plans include a suitably high worktable and possibly raised bed.

The venue has level access and cleared paths with good surfaces for wheelchair users.The site is at the Greenwich Peninsula West Parkside, easily accessed by buses to the Meridian village near the 02 on Jubilee Line (accessible station North Greenwich). It is a good place to relax in a green environment set up in an urban space.

There is a ramp into the office. Unfortunately there is not an usable accessible toilet on the site yet. (But there is an Odeon Imax cinema within a few minutes walk and several restaurants and a B&Q)



We are developing a project on accessible conservation and planting project together – watch this space!


More photos at the flickr page.

Also have a look at this blog on the website which is slightly different from here.

To Coventry rail station via Manor Rd footbridge

Today I went to Coventry rail station using the Manor Road foottbridge. The footbridge surface was uneven and some of the temporary ramps were not easy to negotiate – they will definitely not be for a self propelled wheelchair user.

Here is the route

from Greyfriars Green

from Greyfriars Green, city centre

Cross Warwick Row

Cross Warwick Row

Mind the temporary ramp

Mind the temporary ramp


Go by side of Bank House

Go by side of Bank House


pass by Quadrant Hall

pass by Quadrant Hall


follow the path

follow the path to footbridge


Up Manor Rd Bridge

Up Manor Rd Bridge


at temporary lights cross the road

at temporary lights cross the road


Park Rd Junction

Park Rd Junction, mind the traffic


uneven surface on pavement

uneven surface on pavement between trees


rail station but no curb cut to get onto pavement for entrance

rail station but no curb cut to get onto pavement for entrance


Again, there are a few hazards along this route, including surfaces and managing traffic. This would not be easy to negotiate in the dark or in inclement weather.


Route to Coventry train station – via Westminster Rd (photos)

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Work on the new Bridge Deck at Junction 6 is now entering the final stages and is on target for the scheduled completion date of spring this year. In order to complete the work, contractors need to close one of … Continue reading

Tomorrow starts : Closure of the subway route into Coventry City Centre

Diversion signs

Diversion signs

reblogged from Connect Culture website.

Work on the new Bridge Deck at Junction 6 is now entering the final stages and is on target for the scheduled completion date of spring this year. In order to complete the work, contractors need to close one of the main pedestrian subway routes between the railway station and the city centre. The subway closure – marked in blue on the plan – will come in to effect from 6am on Monday 30 March and will remain in place until the new pedestrian boulevard across the bridge deck opens in mid- May.

This means you will not be able to walk between the railway station and the city centre via the subways which run between Grosvenor Road and Warwick Road, or the footpath next to the contractor’s site offices and down towards Greyfriars Green and into Bull Yard.

The two pedestrian routes to the city centre will be: 1 via the Manor Road footbridge – shown in orange on the plan 2 along Park Road towards Junction 5 – which exits near the Police Station and Severn Trent building – shown in orange on the plan

An alternative route to and from the city centre to Central Six and Warwick Road is available via Westminster Road – as shown on the plan and pedestrians will also still be able to exit the front of the station and turn left to walk up Warwick Road.

The temporary pedestrian crossing in Station Square will be re-sited and placed in front of the new bus interchange, while the existing crossing on Manor Road will be moved closer to the junction with Park Road.

Drivers will still be able to access and exit the railway station on the existing routes. Central Six and the shops opposite will be accessible from Warwick Road in the usual way – either heading towards the city centre or via the ring road heading towards junction 6 from junction 5 (the police station)
Find out more at

Junction-6-Routes-250315-HR (pdf)

Map of temporary routes

Map of temporary routes

Disabled Access Day in Greenwich 17th Jan 2015

reblogged from Connect Culture website

For the #AccessDay we went to visit Greenwich for the afternoon. We couldnt find much access information and we thought of using the Disability Access Day to visit for ourselves as an afternoon trip.

Reading a report that ‘Access for disabled people on the High Street in Britain is “shocking”, according to a government audit of more than 30,000 shops and restaurants’, we thought we would visit Greenwich to check it out.

According to the Visit Greenwich website, it is ‘ home to a World Heritage Site, Europe’s most successful entertainment arena, Britain’s first urban cable car, London’s oldest Royal Park and the place where hemispheres meet’, but we couldnt really find any information on access for a day trip.

We visited Greenwich Market, looked at some shops and restaurants and ended up with a walk along the river to a pub – The Trafalgar Tavern which disappointingly did not have an accessible loo. Although we are mostly wheelchair users on this trip, we can understand how it would not be easy for people with visual impairments.

So heres a short video of our afternoon in Greenwich. We hope to make a more in depth project of more information on its accessibility in the future.

Get in touch if you re interested!

Greenwich Cutty Sark’s accessibility

In September Zara Todd went with me to try out the access at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, here is the short video and report on it.

Here are the videos we didnt manage to fit in

Its not just the accessibility but the whole experience is pleasant and access is embedded so we did not struggle for access.

Obviously The Cutty Sark has spend some thought to make it inclusive for all visitors.

The Cutty Sark is at Cutty Sark, King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9HT  Tickets can be bought online

Coventry Fargo Village

Reblogged from the website

Fargo Creative Village in Coventry is billed as the destination for independent shopping and creative arts in Coventry, the ‘creative village for people looking for something a little bit different’, ‘bringing a whole new dimension to the city of Coventry, with niche and unique retailers, artists’ studios, creative workspace, crafts, cafes, markets and entertainment space’ ‘in a community of like minded people.’

So is it accessible? I went to have a look.

FarGo is on Fargo Street – there are directions on the website. I took the no 9 bus but there is also the no 8 and 10 bus. The entrance is roughly opposite the Pig In the Middle. The adjacent pavements are not very even and there is a speed bump into the Village which might be problematic for those who have mobility issues.

The Spectacular Goat waves a hello

@SpectacularGoat waves a hello

Most of the entrances are level access except the ones housed in containers for example.


container shop with steps

some of the shops are small and do not have much room to manoevre but the people are friendly. The Urban Coffee Company is a really nice place to have coffee but ask to go in at a side door because there is a drop of 8 inches at least at the front entrance, I had to wave a bit to get attention.

Roomy space in the Urban Coffee Coffee (with accessible loo)

Roomy space in the Urban Coffee Coffee (with accessible loo) level access at the side

The main market place is level, good access. There is no heavy door to manage but plastic strips to part to get in. Interesting vintage clothes, a lovely book shop ( but it looks a bit difficult to move around in a wheelchair, clothes ( tee shirt printing incluced) and small stalls.



While I was there, there was a story telling session in one of the spaces and there were activities for children. It seems a bit quiet for a Saturday afternoon but its a good place with interesting gift shops. I hope it will grow when Coventry people get to know it better.