Please come and help plant trees in Mountsfield Park – midday, Sunday 2nd December 2018. This tree planting event will be the first of the 2018/2019 winter tree planting events at Mountsfield Park. Volunteers should bring a spade if you have one and wear boots and gloves if you would like to plant a tree. We will be meeting in the Mountsfield community garden at midday and planting very young saplings near to the childrens’ play area. All welcome!
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The last year has again been full of challenges and triumphs at Mountsfield Park. The park continues to be transformed – FoMP are delighted that Mountsfield is the venue for the Saturday morning Catford ParkRun.
Catford ParkRun at Mountsfield Park
The new avenue tree planting is also a very popular addition to the park, funding was provided by the Mayor of London Greener City Fund and Rushey Green Assembly. With the help FoMP volunteers we planted 39 avenue trees along the main path between the George Lane and Brownhill Road entrances. Just six of the trees didn’t survive and we will be replacing those this November/December. Please let us know if you can help plant them – email email@example.com
Tim planting one of the 39 avenue trees at Mountsfield Park funded by the Mayor of London Greener City Fund and Rushey Green Assembly
Demand continues to increase for a cafe building with toilets. In 2015 the Council under pressure from local people, our MP and Councillors invited tenders from cafe operators to build and run a cafe at Mountsfield Park, with £50,000 of the Council’s money set aside to invest in the building. People often ask when is the cafe going to be built? Earlier this year we were sure that it was about to happen. Unfortunately for a variety of reasons summarised below, the Council has been unable to come to an agreement with any of the cafe operators that submitted tenders to build and run a cafe at Mountsfield Park:
The cafe operator that was due to build and run a new cafe at Mountsfield Park has now unfortunately withdrawn for a variety of reasons that include:
a) The cost of repairing the existing drainage system without any contribution from the Council, b) The Lewisham planning team’s requirement for a BREEAM Excellent rating as a planning condition which added substantially to the design and build cost of the building, c) Council departments taking weeks to respond, d) General lack of support from the Council for a new cafe at Mountsfield Park with indoor seating and toilets, e) Lewisham’s corporate assets team withholding a rent free period, even though there is a historic precedent for this at Hilly Fields.
We will continue to campaign for a proper cafe building with toilets at Mountsfield Park. Many thanks to Ahmed and Hadija for their wonderful work keeping the current temporary container cafe going!
What has remained consistent – is the tireless commitment of the local community, especially all of you as Friends of Mountsfield Park. Through our collective efforts we have held the Council to
account for the decisions they have made; pushed for (and secured) further funding for the park; organised events and committed to campaigning for our wonderful park to be enjoyed by people of all ages and from all parts of the community.
We would encourage all Friends of Mountsfield Park to email the following recipients if you have any suggestions or concerns about the way Mountsfield Park is maintained, poor safety or lack of facilities (deadline 28th Oct):
“Lewisham Council wants to ensure the borough’s parks and open spaces meet the needs of Lewisham residents now and in the future. This survey is seeking your views on what the key priorities should be.
These are 3 of the new replacement litter bins at Mountsfield Park. They are made by Broxap and cost approximately £360 per bin to buy and install. We are hoping for 6 litter bins to be installed by Glendale this year and the remaining 21 bins replaced when more funds become available.
Friends of Mountsfield Park will be in the community garden at People’s Day 7 July 2018 12pm-4pm. Please come over and see us if you have any concerns about Mountsfield Park or suggestions.
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“People’s Day 2018 is on Saturday 7 July and is south east London’s longest-running free festival.
It is a celebration of music, art, craft and community, which attracts over 25,000 visitors. At the 34th People’s Day on 7 July in Catford’s Mountsfield Park, you can expect hundreds of performances across seven stages, craft stalls and great food and drink. Find out about this year’s headliners.”
Many thanks Derek for this postcard image of the Mountsfield Park Bandstand with the theatre behind and the following collected memories!
DC The theatre was constructed from “corrugated metal, surrounded by chestnut fencing”.
CW “I can remember a stage with a fence around where they used to put chairs out in the summer.You had to pay to sit and watch the shows or you could do like we did and lean on the fence! They also had those kids films shown from the back of a lorry which was parked next to the stage”.
CW “We had such fun in Mountsfield Park. We played in the fields, watched all sorts of shows at the theatre, children’s events, concert parties, and competitions”.
WR “I remember standing by the fence watching the shows when I was a child in the 50s”.
Orchard and Grape Vine Pruning Workshop Event at Mountsfield Park Community Garden with James Hazlerigg-Kinlay, 1 – 2.45pm, 18th February 2018 Book here for Eventbrite tickets –
During this gardening skills training workshop local Forest School leader, garden designer and horticulturist James Hazlerigg-Kinlay will demonstrate pruning roses, fruit trees and grape vines. The pruning will be very much a hands-on demonstration outside on a number of roses, young fruit trees and vines in the community garden. Bring your secateurs (sharpened if possible) and you will tackle some pruning so that you can take home some new skills. Tea, coffee and homemade cake will be provided.
All profits will be used to pay for new fruit trees and replacement plants in the community garden.
Please join us and plant avenue trees next to the main path at Mountsfield Park between the George Lane and Brownhill Road entrances – All welcome!
The additional community tree planting events will be 11am – 1pm approx, Sunday 8th and 15th April 2018.
Please wear boots, gloves and bring a strong spade if you have one.
Glendale have suppled us with a variety of rootballed heavy standard deciduous trees. The trees will grow to a large size and are suitable for growing in London clay and with an exposed aspect. Many of the avenue tree planting species that we have chosen are better suited to endure areas of heavily compacted soil that we have at Mountsfield Park.
You will find us during the community tree planting events along the main path between the George Lane and Brownhill Road entrances. The main path is the red line on the map of Mountsfield Park above. The green symbols represent tree planting locations.
“Lewisham Health Walks are led by trained volunteer walk leaders. The walks are 30-60 minutes long. We end with a cup of tea where possible.
Health walking is really easy. You do a 5-minute stroll to warm up, at least 20 minutes at a brisk pace and a 5-minute stroll to cool down. A ‘brisk pace’ will be different for everybody. Walk so you feel a little warmer, breathe a bit heavier and your heart is pumping a bit faster. you need to be able to have a chat and not be too out of breath.
Go at a pace that is right for you – the walks are suitable for people of all abilities. Come when you are able to.
Originally posted on Nature Conservation Lewisham: Froggary on Blackheath ? Please see attached the Nature’s Gym programme for January – March 2018. Our first session back will be on Thursday 11th January at Ladywell Fields. A post Christmas wade! You maybe interested to know that we’ve had over 600 volunteers attending over 50 sessions this…
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.