Brockwell Park at the Lambeth Community Awards 2014

BxFwdJXCAAAlt0HWe are delighted to report that Brockwell Park was well represented at tonight’s Lambeth Community Awards.

Hosted by The Worshipful Mayor of Lambeth, Cllr Ade Aminu, (pictured, right), the Awards ceremony marks all that is good in Lambeth’s voluntary and community sector.

 

Brixton BMX ClubAdrian Martin, head coach of park stakeholder group Brixton BMX club won the ‘Keeping Lambeth healthy community award’. Adrian has nurtured local talent to help produce regional, national, European and world BMX champions. Through Adrian’s coaching skills, local children learn to enjoy riding and reap the health benefits both physically and mentally including children with mental health and behavioural problems. Adrian was accompanied by Ken Floyde, founder of the Brixton BMX club, who is thrilled that the next generation of club leader has been formally recognised by the Borough. Adrian’s award was presented by Cllr Paul McGlone.

BPCP logoBPCP was nominated in the ‘community organisation of the year award’. Our nomination demonstrates our commitment, drive and belief that open and accessible green space is vital for the health and well being of local residents; and that Brockwell Park continues to benefit all Lambeth residents without exception through a range of inclusive and fun community activities.

On a great evening for Lambeth Park groups, David Dandridge of Clapham Common Management Advisory Committee (Clapham Common’s Community Partner) won the Lord Scarman award for his work on the free annual ‘Common People’ event which brings the local community together.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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!

Wonderful Wildflowers Win Bronze for Brockwell Park

London-RIGHTWell – we did it!

Brockwell Park Community Partners’ Biodiversity Group was awarded the third prize in the ‘London in Bloom’ meadow section for its wonderful wildflower slope by the Lido. London in Bloom judges all of the wildflower areas in London.wfs possible 3

This is amazing for BPCP – and a first for us – as we had no experience of preparing and delivering a wild flower meadow, in particular over such a large area.

But lovely as it is to get this award – the real pleasure was in seeing and hearing how much people enjoyed it.

And to our surprise, we were sent donations from visitors who wanted to say thank you. The wildflower slope was photographed, tweeted and re-tweeted many times. We had regular admirers who stopped to ask questions and pay compliments.

The idea for the project came from BPCP’s new Secretary, Susy Hogarth, and the planting was co-ordinated by Brockwell Park Education Officer, Theresa Hoare, with local volunteers. The news comes in an winning year for Brockwell Park, following its Green Flag Award and Street Design Award for Children’s Play.

To support innovative biodiversity projects and events in the Park, simply click on the green donate button on our website and follow the instructions. Thank you for your kind support!

Brockwell Park awarded Green Flag status

greenflagWe are delighted to announce that Brockwell Park has today received the prestigious Green Flag Award.

The national award means that Brockwell Park boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities. The Park will shortly fly its Green Flag.

We ask that local people help us retain Green Flag status in 2014 by keeping Brockwell Park free of litter.

Brockwell Park Community Partners’ volunteers and park partner groups are pleased to have been involved with their Lambeth counterparts in the Green Flag assessment process. We believe that the Award is just reward for all of the hard work and dedication which has helped make Brockwell Park both a fantastic community asset and a visitor destination.

Brockwell Park’s Children’s Playground wins national award

We are delighted to announce that Brockwell Park’s Children’s Playground has won the 2013 Street Design Award for ‘Children’s Play’.

The much loved facility, recently restored as part of the Park’s £6M Lottery funded restoration programme, was voted top of its category by an independent panel of judges, beating competition from around the UK.

The Street Design awards are organised by Local Government News to recognise best practice and innovation in UK street design schemes.  Congratulations to our colleagues at Lambeth Council for their excellent work on the Playground which has been recognised with this honour.

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