BPCP review of 2015

Arson destroys public shelter January and February – the Park gets off to the worst possible start – an arson attack totally destroying the shelter facility by the tennis courts (subsequently rebuilt at the end of the year), followed by serious vandalism to the shelter on the path between Herne Hill gate and Norwood Lodge.

VolunteerMarch saw Lambeth Council’s public consultation on the future of cultural services, including parks and libraries.

Many park users expressed concern about the implications of the 50% cut to Lambeth Parks budget by 2016.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAApril saw the unveiling of a plaque to 2nd Lieutenant Benjamin Geary, a Lambeth resident that fought in the First World War in a ceremony attended by family members and the Worshipful Mayor of Lambeth.

 

downloadMay saw a surge in crime at Brockwell Park – a serious sexual assault near the Lido gate and serious criminal damage to the Community Greenhouses, Rosendale shelter facility, several Park noticeboards and both toilets by Brockwell Hall. Local groups St Matthew’s Project and Green Rock River Band brought some much needed cheer to the Park and the Hall with a respective free sports photography exhibition and free rock concert supported through the MADD for Brockwell Park Programme.

thamesJune brought a large commercial dance music event to the Park – Found Festival – which caused disturbance to local residents. Earlier that month, BPCP and the Herne Hill Society put together the first Thomas Lynn Bristowe memorial event – The Making of South London by historian Len Reilly, a fascinating and well attended lecture.

Dog ShowJuly witnessed arguably Brockwell’s best ever dog show, rescued at the eleventh hour by spirited and talented local volunteers following Lambeth Officer withdrawal. Actor Mark Rylance chaired a panel of celebrities, including Trudie Goodwin, to judge the well received ‘Woof Hall’ event. Either side of the dog show was a free Wuntanara African drumming and dance concert, and the 41st Lambeth Country Show. A huge ‘I heart Lambeth’ sign was installed in the park – which also retained its Green Flag status.

lambethAugust brought a change to Lambeth Parks staffing structure. Out went the dedicated Brockwell Park Manager and Park Education Officer posts. In came an Area Parks Manager post serving Brockwell and ten other parks in Herne Hill and Tulse Hill. The Park also welcomed back ‘Funky Breakers’ for a free afternoon of breakdancing workshops and hip hop showcase.

IMG_2010September’s spontaneous ‘Soul Train’, courtesy of local residents band ‘Soul Intent’ provided superb free entertainment for park users on a beautiful day in Park. This was followed by Third Thought’s ‘Invisible People’ – providing non intrusive free theatre performances to park users in the Walled Garden.

HHMFOctober’s Herne Hill Music Festival brought the curtain down on MADD for Brockwell Park with a wonderful free performance by the All Saints Concert Band.

 

IMG_2144November and December (now without the annual fireworks display) saw more vandalism to the shelters near Norwood Lodge, while demolition work progressed on the redundant Changing Block following a decision passed by BPCP stakeholders in 2014 The hardstanding will be retained for park uses.

So that was 2015. A largely difficult and a destructive year for the Park, brightened by some magical moments of community creativity for which we are very grateful to local volunteers and performers without whom this would not be possible. To volunteer in Brockwell Park please email us at: brockwellparkcommunitypartners@gmail.com

Brockwell Park Playground Poppies

Playground PoppiesThe second part of our contribution to Lambeth’s ‘green corridor’ was over by the Effra Early Learning Centre.  In 2015 we completely dug over the 72 foot long patch and then sowed mainly poppies.  The installation shares a set of railings with the Centre and so we have to be careful to respect that boundary.  We went for a ‘pop’ of colour that is framed by the railings and the trees behind.  We were able to put up a small green fence through the donations received from Brockwell Park Community Partners and Friends of Brockwell Park. The Trust Community Volunteers manager, Richard Jedrzejczak sourced the fence, and came with the team to install it in March.  Now we have a wonderful display of multi coloured poppies that provide a much needed source of nectar and pollen for the bees and butterflies you can see there.

This was our fourth year for this installation and the first wildflower area we created.  It almost happened by accident!  Blakedown Services had renewed the big pipe that lay beneath the ground in the area and so in October 2010, we sprinkled poppy seeds along the furrow that was left.  Imagine our surprise in March of 2011 – when an army of small poppies emerging! So after some negotiation about how to look after the strip – we were allowed to keep it for that year.  They came out as the new playground was opened and received so many compliments that with a slight re-sighting to the front of the Effra fence – it has remained ever since and gave us the confidence to tackle the 600 square meters of the wildflower slope at the Lido.

Susy Hogarth, BPCP Secretary

Volunteers required to rotivate the wildflower slope

133Volunteers are required to rotivate the wildflower slope by Brockwell Lido in preparation for Spring, on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th February at 10.30am.

This year we left the plants to self-seed but at the end of the rotivating we will be adding additional seed that was gathered in September 2014.

If you have any free time on either day – please come and join us.  Even if you can give two hours, it makes a difference.  There are lots of jobs to be done – raking, weed and stubble clearance and a bit of digging and disposing of stones, bricks and general rubbish.

Please wear good strong boots/shoes  and a warm jacket. Hoping to see you there!

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.

Wildflower Slope Update

wildflower slope rotivationThe Wildflower Slope by Brockwell Lido was strimmed today by BPCP volunteers.

It was hard work but our profound thanks to the two farmers and their friends who were able to change the strimmer blade for us! Amazing to find two farmers down for the weekend! And Happy Birthday to their friend.

New notices will be put up with the latest information and the planned programme to keep the Park’s Wildflower Slope looking beautiful for next year.