Volunteers urgently required for gardening project Thursday 15th May 2014

VolunteerDo you like gardening?

Are you available to volunteer at 10am on Thursday 15th May 2014?

The project: rotivation and preparation of the Norwood Lodge garden, 54 Brockwell Park Gardens. SE24 9BJ to create a river of poppies in commemoration of The First World War. To get involved, email Susy Hogarth, BPCP Secretary:


Brockwell Park’s poppy installations to commemorate the First World War

New LeafThis week saw the work begin on our first stage of our First World War living installations, at Norwood Lodge.

New Leaf’s Vinnie O’Connell – who is overseeing the project work – told us:

The furrows that we are digging represent the tank tracks that marked the fields that the poppies thrived in during the First World War.

And the pea shingle, that we have applied liberally, represents a tiny stone for each life lost on those fields.

Vinnie also recounted to us that when he told a passer by about the representation, she asked him to give her a piece of the pea shingle so that she could take it home and put it on her mantelpiece in memory of her grandfather who died in the first world war.

This perfectly represents what we hope our living memorial will achieve. There will be further beds of flanders poppies at the Herne Hill Gate and at the Tulse Hill Gate.

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.

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