FOMP – IMPROVEMENTS TO MOUNTSFIELD PARK: POSITION PAPER
20 JULY 2014
Both FOMP and the Council agree on the improvements that are needed to the north east corner of Mountsfield Park, in particular that improving the children’s play area and creating a viable and more attractive café are critical. However, with issues developing over the finances and details of the project, FOMP and the Council have different views on how best to proceed. FOMP do not want to lose the café, and do not feel that the Council has sufficiently explored options to deliver the café within existing funding.
Come and meet us at Lewisham Peoples Day, Mountsfield Park, Saturday 12 July 2014. We will be selling plants again this year from our stall to pay towards the initial cost of the community garden public liability insurance. The community garden should be up and running before the end of the year. More donated plants would be very welcome and thanks to those of you who gave us plants to sell last year!
We will have the Council’s proposed Mountsfield Park improvement plans with us for discussion and would welcome any fundraising ideas for the park cafe building.
Lewisham Council to proceed with Mountsfield Park improvements despite the Building Design Partnership (BDP) managed scheme up to 50% over budget and having designed a cafe building that contractors weren’t prepared to build ! Lewisham Council Officers explained last night that the proposed cafe building would be dropped from the scheme because of budget shortfall and BDP would deliver a community garden and play area improvements this year. 35 Catford, Rushey Green and Hither Green residents, Cllrs Klier, Jeffrey and Walsh attended the meeting. Martin Hyde from Lewisham Council’s parks department Greenscene and Lewisham’s Gavin Plaskitt said that they were fully committed to delivering the park cafe during phase 2 of the Mountsfield Park improvements and would help Friends of Mountsfield Park (F0MP) fund raise for the new building. Lewisham Council also said that they will offer the cafe operator a long lease (20 years or more) at a low rent to encourage additional investment in the park building. The Council also agreed that the budget for the community garden area would not exceed £70,000 and that any remaining budget would be spent on improving the existing toilets and cafe eg additional outdoor seating.
Please come to meet with Lewisham Council to discuss the future of the 2014 Mountsfield Park improvements. Lewisham Council says there’s not enough money to pay for all of the agreed improvements, which includes the improved play area, 90 sq/m cafe building and new community garden. The Council have invited Friends of Mountsfield Park to meet with them to work out a way forward at an open meeting, Civic Suite Catford SE6 4RU, Wed 9 July 2014 at 6.30pm . All Welcome – please come! More information from the Project Manager Sandra Plummer email: Sandra.Plummer@lewisham.gov.uk
Proposed Mountsfield Park café building was given planning approval tonight at a Lewisham Planning Committee hearing. Please come along to our stall at Lewisham People’s Day on 12 July to find out more about the 2014 improvements at Mountsfield Park.
Dear All Friends and Users of our beloved Mountsfield
1) jobs – if you’re available for helping out with jobs in the coming couple of months, writing, blogging, pestering, postering, fund raising, planting, designing treasure hunts, any of these, please come to Sammy T’s on Saturday morning 21st June from 10am, to register interest and put yourself forward to take on a job to do in the run up to works beginning on improving the park. Continue reading →
Friends Of Manor House Gardens Local Event – It’s Open Garden Squares this weekend. There are quite a few local ones eg: Red House, The Secret Orchard in New cross and Culverly Green. For more information go to http://www.opensquares.org or http://www.facebook.com/LondonOGSW Friends Of Manor House Gardens Local Event It’s Open Garden Squares this weekend. There are quite a few local ones eg: Red House, The Secret Orchard in New cross and Culverly Green.
The last Friends of Mountsfield Park Meeting was Wednesday 23rd April 2014, Cafe of Good Hope.
Rory McNally (Chair of Friends of Mountsfield Park) (RM), Sandra Plummer (Lewisham Council Mountsfield Park improvements project Manager)(SP) Cllr Helen Klier (Lewisham Councillor for Rushey Green) (HC), Anne-Marie (Lewisham Gardens) (SH), Sue Hodge (SH), (AE) Audrey, Barbara Veale (BV), Carrie Blackman, 4 other local residents (names to be added), Glendale agreed to be at the meeting but didn’t attend.
BDP have been instructed by Lewisham Council to develop concept designs based upon a design brief, available budget and local consultation. The concept design will include the new relocated cafe with toilets, community garden (on the site of the disused bowling green next to Stainton Road) and improved children’s play facilities. Friends of Mountsfield Park and Lewisham Gardens submitted sketch comments to the Council in response to BDP’s January 2014 consultation event. The Mountsfield Park improvements are due to be completed by the end of 2014.
Lewisham Gardens Community Garden Design (10/02/2014) in Response to January 2014 Community Garden Consultation Event
Friends of Mountsfield Park Sketch Comments (10/02/14) in Response to January 2014 Community Garden Consultation Event
BDP/Lewisham Council, Mountsfield Park design workshop 18-01-2014
Preliminary design layout agreed last Saturday for the Mountsfield Park community garden and new park cafe - Lewisham Council and their design consultants BDP invited local people that had previously expressed an interest in the Mountsfield Park community garden to a design workshop yesterday at Hither Green Baptist Church. BDP presented a sketch plan showing a community garden, new cafe building, refurbished children’s play area, orchard, wildlife area etc. The proposed general arrangement is based upon meeting the needs of the local community, results of previous consultation phases and what can be best achieved with the existing budget. The proposal is to provide a new 90 sq/m cafe building (including toilets) made from 4 shipping containers. Estimated completion of the improvements is by the end of 2014. The scale of each of the proposed improvements is still indicative. A sketch site plan of the community garden will be issued by Lewisham Council/BDP in the near future for further consultation.
Come and see Santa at the Mountsfield bandstand grotto near Stainton Road entrance today (Sunday 22/12/13). Delicious hot snacks, cakes drinks and indoor seating available at the cafe. Many thanks to Tommy Mizen for his hard work refurbishing the container cafe.
Initial Mountsfield Park Community Garden design for discussion. Design by Lewisham Gardens.
Friends of Mountsfield Park release community garden design for discussion!
Partitions – The land sectioned off into 6, 8 or 12 individual gardens managed and maintained by the gardening group rather than spaces allocated to individuals.
Structure – Each garden can be partitioned from its neighbour by formal clipped evergreen hedging, seating areas and formal wide walkways with pergolas covered with vines and climbers. It means in winter and spring there will be things of interest to see.
Raised beds - Within each garden- a series of small and large raised beds made with new oak railway sleepers. People and groups can plant, tend & harvest.
Outside kitchen area with seating- Permanent BBQ and stone oven. Makes the space very usable for other groups- we could rent the space out to scouts or parents groups or parties. A community meeting place.
Compost bays - greenhouses/ poly tunnels.
Fruit tree cordons - edible hedgerows, step over apples.
Terraces – The garden arranged around a large central terrace. Lots of benches and seating. This can be a great performance space.
Seating areas - There would be seating areas & arbours throughout the space. Including a large area near the outdoor kitchen with large tables for use as an outdoor classroom or workshop space. Again, another potential revenue stream.
Community garden buildings – Existing container buildings for storage, toilets to be rebuilt.
Access – Community garden to be fully accessible to the public during normal park opening hours, but will remain a dog free.
BDP have been awarded Mountsfield Park improvements landscape and architecture design contract. BDP are an international design practice known in Lewisham for their work at Cornmill Gardens and Ladywell Fields. We will be meeting with them at our next Friends of Mountsfield Park meeting – Hither Green Baptist Church, Radford Road, 7pm, Wed 13th of November- All welcome!