Volunteers needed for Brockwell Park biodiversity & conservation projects

VolunteerVolunteers are needed for biodiversity and conservation projects in Brockwell Park, from 19th to 28th November 2014.

No experience is necessary and there are a variety of activities on offer, including wildflower planting.

Tools are supplied and warm clothing and robust footwear is recommended.

Click here for full details, including how to get involved.

Visit Brockwell Park for the Lambeth Country Show

BPCP logoThe Lambeth Country Show celebrates its 40th anniversary on the weekend of Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July 2014 at Brockwell Park.

The Show is organised by Lambeth Council and you can find out all about it at their dedicated website.

For those of you who want to see a lot more of wonderful Brockwell Park this weekend, we recommend the following attractions:

Wildflower Slope1. Brockwell Park Lido Wildflower Slope. Take inspiration from the Brockwell Park Lido wildflower slope – formerly an unused gravel bank – which has now been populated with wonderful wildflowers by local volunteers. Then come and find Brockwell Park Community Partners stall in Charities West Area, pitch no ZW18, where you can buy low cost wildflower seed to create your own poppy haven.


Brockwell Hall rear2. Brockwell Hall. The grade II* listed centrepiece of Brockwell Park was built over 200 years ago as the country house of glass maker John Blades. Today it houses a bust of Thomas Lynn Bristowe MP who put Brockwell Park in to public ownership on 6th June 1892 and has inspired innumerable lives ever since.

The Hall also houses Brockwell Park Cafe which serves refreshments and particularly good ice cream.

Clocktower 23. Brockwell Park Clocktower.

Just past the Hall is the Park’s historic Clocktower, installed in 1897. It was famous for not working for the last two decades – until restored to its former glory by a local community fundraising campaign earlier in 2014. Listen closely and you’ll hear it tick!


We hope you have a great time this weekend in Brockwell Park.

Brockwell Park Wildflower Slope Booklet

wfs possible 3Brockwell Park’s new Wildflower Slope received public acclaim and recognition in the 2013 London in Bloom awards. The project was conceived by BPCP’s Biodiversity Group as a way of transforming the grounds by the Lido and to create a habitat for important species such as bees and butterflies.

The Group has now published a booklet studying the success of the Wildflower Slope which can be downloaded here.

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 wildflower slope – details of wildflowers

WildflowerBelow are details of the wildflowers that you can see every day at the slope by the Brockwell Lido. With thanks to Vinnie O’Connell of New Leaf for compiling:

Clary sage. Timothy grass. Spear thistle. Quaking grass. Woodruff. Corn marigold. Red poppy. Shirley poppies. Opium poppy. Cornflower. Pot marigold. White clover. California Poppy. Hop trefoil. Bistort. Sow thistle. Shepards purse. Chamomile. Scarlet flax. Sun spurge. Goosefoot. Good king Henry. Gazania. Wall flower. Leucanthemum. Fleabane. Sweet alyssum. Bittercress. Black mustard. Greater plantain. Ribwort plantain. Marsh thistle. Mugwort. Cosmos. Groundsel. Garden Toadflax.Dogs mercury. Sandwort. Wall barley. Creeping buttercup. Pineapple weed. Corn cockle, sweetpea and french marigold, and flax.

**Update 5/8/13**

The Wildflower Slope has been added to Friends of the Earth ‘Bee Cause’ Map