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:

susy.hogarth@btopenworld.com

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 biodiversity hedge booklet

Biodiversity hedgeThe planting of an 800 metre biodiversity hedge along the Tulse Hill side of Brockwell Park in 2013 created a new wildlife corridor for native species. BPCP’s Biodiversity Group secured funding of £20,000 from Veolia Environmental Trust and Biffa Award for the project.

BPCP has produced a booklet on the wildlife corridor which can be downloaded here.

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.