Doris’s garden

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Norwood Lodge, by the Norwood Gate, was lived in by the head gardener’s wife (Doris) for a number of years. She was the last person to live there and she maintained the garden.
The aim of the BPCP Biodiversity Group is to create a cottage-type garden, using the kinds of flowers that would have been common in gardens in the early 20th century in order to provide forage for pollinators and to improve the habitat for them and other invertebrates. Ultimately we hoped to encourage sparrows to live around the Lodge but they seem to have heard about the plans because a small number have already settled in.

The ground has not been cultivated for more than 20 years and is heavy clay so in the first year we have planted mostly annuals, which will be removed at the end of the season, allowing the ground to be dug over again and improved before winter. We are grateful for the Community Payback people for doing the first, very hard, manual dig of the ground in the right hand bed.

At the moment the planting is largely of Nicotiana (tobacco), Cosmos, Achillea (yarrow) and Rudbeckia but we have included a few Amaranthus (Love lies Bleeding), borage and hollyhocks. A few poppies, seeded from the poppy display in 2014 have also put in an appearance.

On Saturday we noted a large  number of honey bees, hover flies and a few bumbles as well as some Large White butterflies, a Comma and a Gatekeeper.

The recent rain has given the biodiversity team a watering holiday and has much improved the life chances of a number of small bushes along the Norwood Road railings.

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This isn’t a wind up unfortunately

Clocktower 3The Park Manager has advised us that because a water tower has been placed next to the door of the Clock Tower, its mechanism can not be wound until next Monday.

So that means that the Clock Tower, despite having been restored to working order only one year ago following years of comedic inaccuracy, will yet again display the incorrect time – just as Brockwell Park pays host to around a quarter of a million visitors at the Lambeth Country Show this weekend.

Only in Lambeth…

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Brockwell Park Tree Towels at the Lambeth Country Show 2015

Tree TowelThe popular Brockwell Park Tree Towels are available from our stall at the Lambeth Country Show, Charities West area, pitch ZW20, on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July.

The perfect gift for friends and family.

Price £10. Proceeds go to BPCP, a registered charity, which finances community events in the Park such as the much loved Dog Show and wildflower slope.

We also request your views on the proposals to restore Brockwell Hall and increase public access to the historic grade II listed building. See you there!

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What we need for a friendly, safe park

DSCN0754 DSCN0751The local community turned out in force for Brockwell Dog Show 2015 on Sunday 12th July. Only months earlier the annual Show had been faced with cancellation following the unexplained withdrawal of Lambeth Officer support.

DSCN0747 DSCN0767A number of local residents were determined that the Show must go on and approached BPCP for support to make this happen. They led on the event delivery – creating fantastic new publicity posters and convening a panel of celebrity judges, while BPCP provided operational support, advice and infrastructure.

DSCN0765 DSCN0762A great example of the community working together, generating a huge crowd, over £600 towards future community events in the Park and an article in the Standard!

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MADD for Brockwell Park? We are barking! Brockwell Dog Show 2015 is ON

dog showBrockwell Dog Show returns on Sunday 12th July 2015, run by a new team of community volunteers and promises a celebrity panel of judges!

Registration is from noon to 1.30pm at Brockwell Hall, and the Show is from 2pm to 4pm outside the Hall. Categories include:

  • Handsomest dog
  • Prettiest bitch
  • Cutest puppy
  • Golden oldie
  • Dog’s got talent
  • Woof Hall (Tudor themed) fancy dress competition

Registration is only £1 per dog per category. Woof!

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