Brockwell Park – What a Year!

2013 has been quite a year for Brockwell Park. From national awards to the hundreds of thousands of Park visitors at the Country Show and Fireworks display, here are some of the highlights:

January. Volunteers plant a new linear biodiversity hedge along the Tulse Hill side of the Park and despite the worst weather conditions for many years.

Biodiversity hedge

February. A campaign to bring back the historic clock and tower, outside Brockwell Hall, to working order is announced.

Clocktower at present

March. Volunteers sow wildflower seeds at the slope by Brockwell Lido. Three months later, the wildflowers bloom to glorious effect and subsequently bags the Park bronze in the London in Bloom Meadow awards.

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April. Reported sightings of a pair of gadwalls at the Park’s ponds.

new pond channel

May. Brockwell Park Community Partners (BPCP) and its stakeholder groups welcome Heritage Lottery Fund and Lambeth Council officials to a celebration of the £6M restoration of Brockwell Park.

Brockwell HLF Group 1

June. The newly restored Children’s Playground wins the 2013 Street Design Award for Children’s Play.

Cllr Ann Kingsbury, Chair of  Brockwell Park Community Partners, opens the restored Playground in May 2012

July. Returned to its rightful place in the park’s calendar, Lambeth Country Show 2013 is acclaimed as the best for many years thanks to the fine weekend weather and attendance, celebrity vegetable sculptures and camel racing!

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August. Hot on the heels of its £6M restoration, Brockwell Park is awarded prestigious Green Flag status.

greenflag

September. Brockwell Park becomes only the fourth British site where Purple Russula, a rare fungi, is spotted.

Fungi - Purple Russulla - Rare BP - Sept 2013 004

October. Gales force the closure of Brockwell Park for two days while Lambeth Council staff survey unsafe trees.

Fallen poplar tree

November. Fabulous fireworks! 100,000 people descend on Brockwell Park to witness an Olympics influenced bonfire night bonanza.

Fireworks

December. MAD for Brockwell Park concludes its Lottery funding, with 23,000 people attracted to 52 community events between 2010 and 2013.

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Bring on 2014!

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