Friends of Mountsfield Park Meeting with Lewisham Council GreenScene at Wearside 6.30pm, Wednesday 6th Dec 2017.
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Draft Meeting Agenda – TBC
Antisocial behaviour and insufficient park keeper days at Mountsfield Park;
Locking Mountsfield Park gates at dusk to avoid evening and night-time antisocial behaviour;
Proposed tree planting at Mountsfield Park;
Installation of fox-proof bins;
@LewishamCouncil @GlendaleLew @GlendaleUK when will our dead and dying trees be replaced at Mountsfield Park? These photos show just some of the many trees at Mountsfield Park that are dead or dying mainly because of strimmer and mower damage by Glendale and Lewisham Council staff. You recently replaced two strimmer damaged trees in the recently refurbished play area. We really need many more trees planted to replace those that have been lost during the 17 years of the 20 year Glendale Lewisham Council parks contract. eg the avenue trees and other important trees in the park. These photos below show just 15 of the many dead or dying trees at Mountsfield Park that haven’t been replaced by tree planting at similar locations. The dead trees should be replaced by larger sized protected staked trees rather than saplings or whips.
Recently planted tree at Mountsfield Park play area – dead because of strimmer damage causing ring-barking or girdling
Felled Indian bean tree at Mountsfield Park at the nature reserve
Five-year-old Alex Malcolm was battered to death at Mountsfield Park by his mother’s boyfriend who flew into a rage after the child lost one of his trainers, a court heard. Marvyn Iheanacho, 39, was accused of causing Alex Malcolm fatal head and stomach injuries during a violent assault on the evening of November 20 2016. Witnesses heard a “child’s fearful voice saying ‘sorry”‘, loud banging, and a man screaming about the loss of a shoe, jurors were told.
Please support our Spacehive funding campaign for fox proof litter bins at Mountsfield Park. We want to make Mountsfield Park more welcoming and beautiful. Unfortunately foxes empty our old open style bins at night making Mountsfield Park untidy and unwelcoming. The Mountsfield Park urban foxes are naturally curious creatures, they investigate the bins looking for junk food and used nappies to use in their dens; unfortunately they don’t clear up after themselves. This means that in a public place, that only has the services of a park-keeper two days per week, litter, old food and bags of dog poo can be left strewn across the grass. This is not only unsightly but also a health hazard, especially to small children and also pet dogs.
A staff type dog (dark tan colour) was dangerously out of control at Mountsfield Park 2.30pm, Wednesday 26 April – another dog and victim were bitten. If you know anything about the incident please contact RusheyGreen.SNT@met.pnn.police.uk or Lewisham Police Tel: 0208 284 5128 / 0208 721 2479.
Friends of Mountsfield Park meeting (AGM) 2017 10am to 11.30am on Sunday 23 April 2017 at the Station pub on Staplehurst Road.
Please read the attached Annual Report which provides a summary of activity since the last AGM (and before). Please also find nomination forms for those seeking election to the Friends executive. Forms must be submitted no later than 5pm on Friday 21 April 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you can’t make the AGM but want to be involved in FOMP, please do get in touch – there are lots of ways in which you can help out and we would be grateful for any support you can offer.
Thanks to the Thomas Tallis School Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteers and FoMP for planting trees at Mountsfield Park this winter. The trees were generously donated by Woodland Trust, The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), #idigtrees and @OVOEnergy. We planted hundreds of oak, hawthorn, birch, alder, rowan, hornbeam, willow, poplar…
D of E Award volunteers from Thomas Tallis School at Mountsfield Park, Catford SE6
D of E Award volunteers from Thomas Tallis School planting trees at Mountsfield Park, Catford SE6
D of E Award volunteers from Thomas Tallis School planting trees at Mountsfield Park, near to Mountfield Close
D of E Award volunteers from Thomas Tallis School planting TCV/ @OVOEnergy fruit trees at Mountsfield Park community gardens
“The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee report on public parks warns that parks are at a tipping point and face a period of decline with potentially severe consequences unless their vital contribution to areas such as public health, community integration and climate change mitigation is recognised.
The Public parks report highlights considerable challenges for the sector including reduced council spending, with parks management budgets cut by up to 97 per cent, the need for parks to compete with other services for funding, and planning policy not giving them enough weight, particularly as a result of pressures to increase housing supply.
The Committee call on councils to publish strategic plans, which recognise the value of parks beyond leisure and recreation and set out how they will be managed to maximise their contribution to wider…
Steve Langley from Glendale recycling Christmas trees at Mountsfield Park. The recycled Christmas trees will be used as mulch on the flower beds and at the base of each fruit tree at Mountsfield Park community garden.
If you see any problems at Mountsfield Park contact Glendale 0208 318 3986
Just a quick note to let you know we will be starting the footpath works this week in Mountsfield Park.
We will be starting around the back of the community garden by the Lodge gate and go from there.
I will put some notices up on the gates today advising of works and the need to shut either gate along Stainton Road at some point during the works.
We want a cafe in Mountsfield Park. We have been campaigning for a cafe for years, and have been promised one by Lewisham Council – including as part of the Council redevelopment of the park that created the Community Garden and revamped the play area. But the Council were unable to follow through on their plan to build a cafe at that time. Since then, we have worked with them to identify some funding – £50k – to launch a tender process to encourage an outside investor to build a cafe in the park.
A viable and attractive cafe plan is in front of Lewisham Council for approval right now – made by a local businessman who has worked closely with the Friends of Mountsfield Park. You can see the plans and some pictures of the new cafe here.
But the planning department at the Council is making unreasonable demands:
they are demanding that the new design have a ‘biodiverse living roof’ to replace what they claim is a living roof on the existing, abandoned container units. In fact, the current ‘living roof’ is around a dozen unmaintained planters. We have offered to move these and add them to the Community Garden, so there is no loss of natural habitat, but the Council says this isn’t good enough.
they are demanding that the new design meet the ‘BREEAM’ environmental rating of ‘exellent’, even though the Council was prepared to waive this requirement for the cafe they planned to build in Mountsfield Park! In other words, had the Council actually managed to deliver the cafe they promised in 2014, we would now have a cafe that didn’t meet these very high standards. The current proposal meets the ‘BREEAM’ environmental rating of ‘good’ with an aim to achieve ‘very good’. This means the current plans exceed mandatory standards by some margin.
If Lewisham Council turns down the current proposal – for what we think are spurious reasons – it could be years before another option is available and the money we fought to get the Council to commit to support the project – £50k – will be at risk.
We want the Council to take an intelligent approach, to look at the benefits a cafe would bring to Mountsfield Park: it will bring in revenue, encourage people to stay in the park longer and enjoy the Community Garden and play area, improve security by making the park more attractive to families, provide a place for dog walkers to get a cup of coffee, and it will mean that maintained toilet facilities are available in the park. These are far more important that a handful of planters!
add your signature to this petitionby 3 August 2016 to let Lewisham Council know you agree that we’ve waited long enough for a cafe and toilets in Mountsfield Park.
Email email@example.com 3 August 2016 with any further comments, thoughts, and experiences. All evidence is good evidence and will help us to make the case.
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We want a cafe. The park deserves a cafe. It needs functioning toilet facilities. A local businessman is willing to invest to create an amazing cafe. Short-sighted planning decisions shouldn’t stop it happening.
We now have a proposed design for the new Mountsfield Park trim trail – click on the ‘zeemaps.com‘ link below to see preferred locations for the new trim trail equipment and then click on each location on the map to see an image of what is proposed (satellite/aerial view works best).
Thanks to London Marathon Charitable Trust and Rushey Green Assembly for funding the new trim trail equipment at Mountsfield Park which will be available for adults and young people. We’re really pleased that both funds have chosen to invest in our park, and also grateful to Glendale for their funding bid to London Marathon Charitable Trust and supporting these applications. Your views and ideas are essential and will help us to make sure the trail is popular and well used! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The prospect of a cafe in Mountsfield Park has moved a step closer with the submission of a planning application to Lewisham Council.
We have been campaigning for a new cafe in the park for years, and we are delighted that the clear wishes of so many in the local community are that much closer to being realised. The journey to this point has been lengthy and sometimes frustrating, with disappointments along the way. But it now feels like we are in touching distance of getting a cafe that will serve the needs of all park users – families using the redeveloped playground, weekend gardeners in the community garden, daily dog walkers, picnic goers, joggers, and many more.
You know how much we in the Friends of Mountsfield Park love a community party?! And our friends, neighbours, and park users love them too!
So please do join us at the Teddy Bear’s Picnic on Sunday 15 May 2016 from 1pm. There’ll be children’s crafts and faceprinting, music from the Macaroon Mamas and Sing Along Sally, Forest School fun, and amazing food and drink from the Truly Splendid Pop Up Vintage Tea Room, Greekelicious by Julia,and FOMP’s licensed bar.
We had fantastic news yesterday from our friends at Glendale who have secured a £15,000 grant from the London Marathon Charitable Trust. Combined with the £2,000 awarded to FOMP by Rushey Green Assembly, we now have £17,000 to pay for new trim trail equipment at Mountsfield Park which will be available for adult and young adult park users. We’re really pleased that both funds have chosen to invest in our park, and also grateful to Glendale for supporting these applications.
The next step is to consult with park users about the sort of equipment they would like to see in the park, so we’ll be circulating a survey really soon. Your views and ideas are essential and will help us to make sure the the trail is popular and well used.
Thanks to GoodGym.org and FoMP volunteers for our new pumpkin bed at Mountsfield Park community garden SE6.
@GoodGym and Friends of Mountsfield Park community garden volunteers shoveled and barrowed a huge pile of compost to make our new pumpkin patch next to the poly tunnel. And many thanks to the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association for the funds to buy the 20 cu/m of of PAS 100 recycled green waste compost from Glendale Lewisham
Winning Mountsfield Park cafe design, appearance and size of the cafe building may change during the planning application process. Due to be open for business spring 2017 http://www.o25.gr/tags/mountsfield
Sunday morning litter picking events at Mountsfield Park 28th Feb, 6th March and 13th of March, 11am – 12pm. Meet at Mountsfield Park community garden 11am . We will supply litter picking tools and large bags.
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Friends of Mountsfield Park will be planting roses at Stainton’s rose garden, Mountsfield Park, next to the community garden 9.30 – 11.30am Sunday 7th February 2016 . Thanks to Glendale for supplying the roses. All welcome to come help us dig the planting holes and plant the roses!
We need your help moving a large pile of compost into the raised vegetable beds at Mountsfield Park community garden. We will make a start Sunday 31 January 9.30am until midday at the community garden SE6 1AN. We will have shovels and wheelbarrows on the day.
During February and March we will also need help planting 600 (approx) Woodland Trust trees in the park. Please let us know if you can help during one of our community planting days.
The next Friends of Mountsfield Park AGM will take place from 10am to 12pm on Saturday 16 January 2016 at the Station Pub on Staplehurst Road.
Please read the attached Annual Report which provides a summary of activity since the last AGM. Please also find here an agenda for the AGM and nomination forms for those seeking election to the Friends executive. Forms must be submitted no later than 5pm on Thursday 14 January 2016 to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you can’t make the AGM but want to be involved in FOMP, please do get in touch – there are lots of ways in which you can help out and we would be grateful for any support you can offer.
The pile of Christmas trees at the George Lane entrance to Mountsfield Park is growing. The trees will be chipped by Glendale Services and recycled as mulch. Last year Glendale Services delivered a huge pile of Christmas tree mulch to the community garden, which we shifted by the barrow load to cover the flower beds.
Christmas trees for recycling at Mountsfield Park 2016
2015 has been another busy year in Mountsfield Park. From the volunteers braving the new year cold in January to tend the burgeoning community garden, to the massive turn out at the Teddy Bears’ Picnic during Hither Green Festival Week in May, and through to the summer BBQ fun (who can forget the sight of the Bald Eagle soaring over the trees?), this year has been one to remember.
But it wouldn’t be complete without one final hurrah in 2015! So come along to Carols in Mountsfield Park, Saturday 19 December, from 14:00.
There will be music, mince pies, beer, mulled wine, cider, and the chance to spend a magical afternoon with your community.
We look forward to seeing as many of you wonderful people there as possible!
Rory, Maria, Carrie, Ros, Rivke, Max, and Gareth
Friends of Mountsfield Park Open Meeting with Glendale 7-8pm Wednesday 2nd December 2015 – All Welcome!
Venue: Hither Green Baptist Church, Theodore Rd, London SE13 6HT.
Please come to the meeting and let us know about improvements that you would like for Mountsfield Park and let Glendale know any concerns about the way that the park is maintained. If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like issues raised – email us at email@example.com. Meeting minutes will be forwarded to Lewisham Council and the Rushey Green Councillors. Continue reading →
As many of you know, Lewisham Council have £50k set aside to support the development a new and improved cafe in Mountsfield Park, and they are now seeking expressions of interest from potential operators.
We don’t think there is any single way to create a wonderful cafe in Mountsfield Park, and are keen that this process encourages creative and innovative approaches, bringing in private investment to supplement money from the Council.
We hope that this can be the start of the next phase of improvement at our wonderful park. With your help, continued engagement, and enthusiasm, the cafe we all dream of can become a reality.
The deadline for cafe operators to submit their expressions of interest to the Council’s Corporate Asset Team is 28 October 2015. The Council will then will then formally invite bids giving 6 weeks to return.
Did you know that a whopping 18 million kilograms of pumpkin gets thrown away at Halloween? That’s about the weight of 1,500 double decker buses! So, instead of binning your jack-o’-lantern, why not use it to help wildlife instead?
What to do with pumpkin seeds
Birds love all kinds of seeds, pumpkin included, so you could save the seeds and put them in your feeder. Dry them out first by putting them in the oven at 180C/gas 4 for about ten minutes (get a grown up to help you with this). Once they’re cool, you could break them up a bit so it’s easier for little birds to get their beaks round them.
Make a pumpkin birdfeeder
Pumpkins make great bird feeders, just like this one. Have a go at making your own:
1. Cut off the top half of your pumpkin and make sure you scoop out all the soft flesh so it doesn’t go off too quickly. (An ice cream scoop is good for this, or you can just use a spoon.)
2. Make four holes around the sides – not too near the top edge – and push two strong sticks through. Make sure they’re long enough to stick out of the opposite hole!
3. Tie four lengths of ribbon to the end of each stick, tie the loose ends together and hook it over a branch.
4. Fill your feeder with bird seed and hang it in a tree or from a fence. If you don’t have anywhere to hang it, just sit it on a table or on the ground.
5. Remember to clean out the leftover seeds every couple of days. And make sure you put your feeder in the recycling once it starts to rot as this could make the birds sick.
An alternative is to cut a big window in the side of the pumpkin and put the seeds inside. You can then wrap string around the pumpkin’s stalk and use this to hang it.
Give minibeasts a pumpkin feast
Pumpkin flesh is full of water and breaks down quickly in the soil so you could just chop your pumpkin into bits and bury it in your garden. The worms and insects will love it!
Just dig a hole about 25cm deep and pop it in. Remove the seeds first or you may be in for some surprise pumpkins in the spring! The minibeasts will chomp on it and then poo it out, making the soil more fertile for growing things next year.
Did you take a picture of your pumpkin carving masterpiece? Share it using #NatureDetectives and tell us what you’ve done with it now Halloween is over.
Let us know if you are able to attend a #FlashSearch with Friends of Mountsfield Park and PC Tomasz Gamracy (Rushey Green Safer Neighbourhood Team) at Mountsfield Park.
We will be meeting at Mountsfield Park cafe / kiosk at 2pm Friday 13th October.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendees must be aged 18 or over.