Mountsfield Park Trim Trail Bid – Rushey Green Assembly 6th Oct 2015 7pm Civic Suite SE6 4RU

Please support our Rushey Green Assembly bid for a fitness/ trail trim trail funding for Mountsfield Park, Catford at Rushey Green Assembly 6th Oct 2015 7pm Civic Suite SE6 4RU. Mountsfield Park is very popular with people who want gentle exercise and those who want to keep fit. An attractive 1.5km trim trail route around the perimeter of the park would improve the facilities for runners and other fitness enthusiasts who use the park. Teenagers and children also enjoy using trim trail equipment. Glendale have agreed to bid for the bulk of the funding. They  will install and maintain the trim trim trail equipment.
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FoMP Trim Fitness Trail


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Mountsfield Park community garden one of Lewisham’s Open House London 2015 sites 19 September 1.30 – 2.30pm

Mountsfield Park community garden will be one of Lewisham’s Open House London 2015 sites . Mehron Kirk from BDP will be giving a designer’s tour of the community garden between 1.30 – 2.30pm Saturday 19th September. Join us earlier from 10.30am to help us mulch the fruit trees, add more logs to the wildlife loggery and improve the den at Mountsfield Park community garden, Catford SE6 1AN.


MP Heidi Alexander helping us build the wildlife loggery at Mountsfield Park community garden, Catford SE6 1AN

MP Heidi Alexander and other volunteers building the wildlife loggery at Mountsfield Park community garden at ‘The Big Dig’ November 2014, Catford SE6 1AN

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‘Was that an EAGLE flying over Mountsfield Park?’ – FOMP Summer Picnic 2015

We might not have had the best weather for the FOMP summer picnic, but that didn’t stop us! And didn’t we have a great time?

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the day, whether by donating a cake, gifting a bag of clothes to refugees at our drop off point, buying a FABULOUS Mountsfield Park mug, sampling one (or more than one) bottles of cider, or introducing yourself to a barn owl. We would like to thank Sammy T’s for running the last BBQ of the summer, and our friends at Eagle Heights for providing the astonishing birds of prey display in the Community Garden. At least one unsuspecting park user looked pretty surprised when the bald eagle decided to fly off low over the main park!

We have been particularly humbled by your generosity to the refugees in Calais and in the Mediterranean. Through sales of cakes, drinks, and FOMP mugs, we were able to make a profit of £434.04, all of which will be donated to Save the Children. We are delighted that Sammy T’s have kindly added another £100, so that we will be sending £534.04 in total!

And, as if that wasn’t enough, our poly-tunnel was filled to bursting with donated bags of clothes, food, sleeping bags, tents and much needed supplies. Four car loads of your donations were delivered to Martha O’Toole in Catford who is doing so much to co-ordinate donations in the area for the ‘Help Calais’ campaign.

This generosity is totally inspiring and represents everything that we have come to expect from this community. Together we have shown that we can have a great time, make excellent use of our park, and help others. You are all superstars and we are proud to be your neighbours!

Other news

The Council will soon be launching an expressions of interest process to find potential partners for a new and improved cafe in the park. We will share more information when we have it. In the meantime, if you, or anybody you know, might be interest, please do get in touch.

The FOMP Annual General Meeting is due to take place in October. Once we have secured a venue, we will send around further information. Again, if you are interested in getting more involved and want more information, let us know.

Rory, Maria, Carrie, Ros, Rivke, Max, and Gareth
FOMP Executive



Help Calais donations

FOMP Summer Picnic – coming together as a community

Having fun and raising funds for refugees in crisis


We are really looking forward to seeing you from midday on Saturday for our annual FOMP summer picnic. We love how the events we hold bring the community together, showing how much we enjoy our wonderful park, and we think this is going to be the best yet!

This is a free event, although we had intended to ask people to contribute towards FOMP funds and to use money raised from the bar to put towards a new trim trail in the park.

But the recent refugee crisis has made us stop and think. Whatever the root causes, the rights and wrongs, the political arguments, the fact is that people – families and children included – feel driven to take desperate risks. The tragic human costs are shocking.

Like many of you, we have been thinking about what we can do to help, so we have decided:

  • All profits made by FOMP on Saturday will be donated to Save the Children to support their work with refugees in the Mediterranean. You can find more information at
  • We will be collecting donations for ‘Help Calais‘ who are providing necessities for those living in the temporary accommodation. You will find more information about this group on their Facebook page at but essentially they are looking for the basics for life: food, clothes, shelter, hygiene supplies. Here also is their suggested list of items: Donation List 27 Aug 2015.  If you bring your donations to the Park on Saturday, we will pass them on to the person collecting for Help Calais in Catford. If you have any larger items you’d like to donate (mattresses for example), we can also put you in touch with our contact.

This doesn’t mean we have given up on the trim trail for the park and will keep working at bidding for funding, as well as on other improvements. And, most importantly, we are all determined that Saturday will be fun – a celebration of how wonderful we are as a community, of how we keep coming together to make a positive difference. The plan for the day is:

  • A Bird of Prey display, provided by Eagle Heights – will start at 13:30pm. Come and see eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls perform in the park, and then spend time with the birds after the display has finished. You can even hold the birds (for a small donation to Eagle Heights).
  • BBQ provided by our friends at Sammy T’s will include kid friendly options and the first chance to try some new recipes soon to be offered on the Southbank.
  • Carrie’s Bar will run throughout the picnic, offering a range of alcoholic and soft drinks.
  • Tea and cakes will also be available, and you can even take home your very own Mountsfield Park mug.

Thanks for your continued support. See you on Saturday!

Rory, Maria, Carrie, Ros, Rivke, Max, and Gareth
FOMP Executive

Friends of Mountsfield Park  Mugs

Friends of Mountsfield Park Mugs

Your views count! Lewisham Council Events Survey

The Council are running a survey on events in Lewisham parks, and they would like your views.

What does this mean?
Well, basically, the Council are interested in hosting more events in local parks as a way of making money. They recognise that funds are tight – as we well know, local park budgets have suffered recently – and are exploring whether they could run more events, some of which will be paid ticket only events, as a way of raising funds.

This is a particularly important issue for Mountsfield Park. Our park is one of the largest in Lewisham and is already an established site for large scale events like Lewisham People’s Day. It seems likely that it will be a popular location for any other events that are run.

What are the pluses and minuses to this proposal?
Holding more events means that the Council can raise funds, helping to protect park budgets, and there may well be events that local residents are keen to see and attend. Charging entry is a good way of making money and attracting high quality performers and events.

But events can be disruptive – many of you have commented on the negative impact of People’s Day for example – and there are likely to be events that don’t appeal to you. At this stage, we don’t know what sort of events might be scheduled, when or for how long areas of the park might have restricted access, or what costs might be.

What does FOMP think about the proposal?
Our view is that if Lewisham residents react positively to this suggested course of action, then we would want to see any revenue raised fed directly back into the parks budget. In particular, we believe that parks holding specific events should get extra funds to recognise the impact in terms of disruption and damage which hosting might entail. If managed sensibly, this could well be a good way of raising income in times of financial hardship.

The survey
We would encourage you to think about these issues, and respond to the survey (which can be found here: (look for ‘Lewisham Parks and Open Spaces Survey 2015’).

Yours views really count and a really good response from Mountsfield Park users would help to ensure that we can protect and promote our wonderful space. Please do find just five minutes to respond.

Rory, Maria, Carrie, Ros, Rivke, Max, and Gareth
FOMP Executive

Friends of Mountsfield Park at Lewisham Peoples Day 2015

Friends of Mountsfield Park at Lewisham Peoples Day 2015

(PS – don’t forget the most important event – the FREE picnic and funday organised by FOMP on Saturday 5 September, with our first ever Birds of Prey display!)


Saturday 5 September – FOMP Summer Picnic!


Free fun in Mountsfield Park, including a Bird of Prey display!

We hope you are all enjoying your summer – full of holidays, sunshine (well, some sunshine), and of course lots of days spent in the park. But no matter how much fun you have had, the best is still to come!

The FREE annual FOMP summer picnic will take place from midday on Saturday 5 September:
– A Bird of Prey display, provided by Eagle Heights will start at 13:30pm. Come and see eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls perform in the park, and then spend time with the birds after the display has finished. You can even hold the birds (for a small donation to Eagle Heights).
– BBQ provided by our friends at Sammy T’s will include kid friendly options and the first chance to try some new recipes soon to be offered on the Southbank.
Carrie’s Bar will run throughout the picnic, offering a range of alcoholic and soft drinks.
Tea and cakes will also be available, and you can even take home your very own Mountsfield Park mug.

This is a free event although we will be asking for donations to FOMP to help with the running costs of the Community Garden and to raise money for a new trim trail in the park.

So join us on Saturday 5 September to celebrate the end of the summer and help us to raise funds for an even better park. See you then!

Rory, Maria, Carrie, Ros, Rivke, Max, and Gareth
FOMP Executive

Good news and the promise of more to come!

We are delighted that Mountsfield Park has been awarded Green Flag status – recognition that our park is one of the best green spaces in the country!  Credit is due to the parks team at Lewisham Council, and Glendale who manage Mounstfield Park on behalf of the Council.  And credit is also due to you – the users!  The award is only given out to parks that are welcoming and engage the community.

You can find out more about the Green Flag award at

But we want the Park to be even better – in particular to give it the cafe that you all want and the space deserves.  The Council is about to launch a process to encourage potential cafe developers and operators to put their ideas forward, backed by £50k of Council money.  

We want your ideas too!  These are essential if we are to explore the full range of options for a new cafe, so that those interested in investing their time and money into our park understand what we want.

So, we have written a short paper, setting out our overall hopes for a cafe, which you can read here:


We have also pulled together a few questions for you to answer, and which we will pass onto the Council.  You can do this in two ways:

(1) Fill in this questionnaire and email it to us at


(2) Visit our Facebook page and leave your answers there

We have to send our thoughts to the Council by the end of next week, so it would be great if you could send us your responses by midnight on Wednesday 29 July 2015.

We really look forward to hearing from you all.  And we look forward to an even better park in the not too distant future!

Rory, Maria, Carrie, Ros, Rivke, Max, and Gareth
FOMP Executive

Mountsfield Park Community Garden – Plant and Seed Swap Sunday 26th July 2015 – 10am – Midday

Mountsfield Park Community Garden – Plant and Seed Swap, Sunday 26th July 2015 – 10am – Midday.
Venue: Mountsfield Park Community Garden, Stainton Road SE6 1AN (near the bandstand).

  • Come along to the Mountsfield Park plant and seed swap with rooted cuttings, plants in pots, seeds…
  • Meet the Mountsfield Park Community Garden volunteers,
  • Buy a Friends of Mountsfield Park mug for £5.
  • Mountsfield greetings from the big dig postcard byy James Blackman

Public meeting – we want a cafe!


Thank you to everybody who came to the public meeting and gave views to the Council

FOMP held a public meeting last Tuesday, and we are grateful to everybody who came along to support our Park.  We are particularly grateful to Cllr Onikosi, Martin Hyde (from the Council), and Angus Fraser (from Glendale) for giving their time so freely.

Lots of things were discussed, but top of the list was the ongoing demand for a new cafe.  The Council have confirmed that £50k is still available, and have agreed to run an expressions of interest exercise over the summer to persuade potential cafe operators to get involved in Mountsfield Park.

And you have a role to play!  By the end of July, FOMP are committed to sending the Council our ideas for the cafe.  We want an open process – focusing on essentials to give operators the maximum flexibility and creativity to create something.  We will shortly be circulating something and would love your thoughts and comments.

And then, in September, we have agreed to host an open day to show potential operators how wonderful the Park is, and why they should consider getting involvement.  We will send you more details over the summer because that open day will only work with your support.

The full minutes from the meeting are available here:

FOMP PUBLIC Meeting 7 July 2015 MINUTES_1.pdf

Thank you for your continuing engagement and enthusiasm.

Rory, Maria, Carrie, Ros, Rivke, Max, and Gareth
FOMP Executive


Lewisham Peoples Day! – We will be in the Mountsfield Park Community Garden on Saturday 11th July 2015 from Midday

Friends of Mountsfield Park at Lewisham Peoples Day 2015

Friends of Mountsfield Park at Lewisham Peoples Day 2015

Lewisham Peoples Day! – We will be in the Mountsfield Park Community Garden on Saturday 11th July from Midday. Come and buy a FoMP mug, a plant, or find out about our plans for Mountsfield Park.

We will also be consulting on the design for a new Mountsfield Park trim trail and fundraising for it!

Trim trail for Mountsfield Park

Trim trail for Mountsfield Park

We want to hear about what you want for your park!

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Friends of Mountsfield Park public meeting Tuesday 7 July 7.00 – 8.30pm


The heat is on!
Summer in Mountsfield Park
Lots of you will have been enjoying the summer sun in Mountsfield Park. When the weather is like this, the playground and the rolling fields really come into their own! We are delighted that so many of you are continuing to stay involved with the Friends of Mountsfield Park, and to offer your support to make the Park even more amazing in the future.

So, we are hoping for a good turnout at the public meeting on Tuesday 7 July from 7:00-8:30pm at Hither Green Baptist Church. This is your chance to speak to us, as well as to representatives from Glendale and the Council – including Cllr Onikosi who leads on public spaces in the Mayor’s Cabinet. We’d like to hear your views on:

– the future of the cafe – how can we work with the council to ensure that Mountsfield Park gets the cafe it deserves?
– security in the park – how can this be maintained and improved, especially given the recent cuts to park keeper service?
– protecting funding for the park in the future – what will the impact be of the planned cuts to local government funding?
– forthcoming events – including the annual FOMP summer picnic and People’s Day!

We are also looking for volunteers to help us think about the best way to make use of the BBQ and pizza oven in the community garden. We are keen to ensure that these can be enjoyed by everybody, but need to think about how to make sure use is safe and sociable, as well as the need to protect the rapidly developing garden. This is your chance to shape the way the Park is used. If you’d like to be involved, please let us know (by email or at the public meeting).

Or you can come and find us on People’s Day in on 11 July where we hope to unveil the first ever FOMP mug – a must have kitchen item for all Mountsfield Park aficionados!

Finally, a save the date. The second annual FOMP summer picnic will be held on Saturday 5 September. More details will follow soon, but for now block the date out in your diary – you won’t want to miss it!

We hope to see as many of you as possible at the public meeting on Tuesday 7 July. As ever, thanks for your support, kindness, and determination to make Mountsfield Park a place the whole community can enjoy.

Rory, Maria, Carrie, Ros, Rivke, Max, and Gareth
FOMP Executive

Greater London National Park City talk by Daniel Raven-Ellison, hosted by Lewisham Parks Forum, The Honor Oak Pub (upstairs) 7pm to 9pm, Wednesday 24th June 2015

‘Greater London National Park City’ talk by Daniel Raven-Ellison. Hosted by Lewisham Parks Forum at The Honor Oak Pub (upstairs) 7pm to 9pm, Wednesday 24th June 2015.

A new project is in the pipeline to create a Greater London National Park City. (Officially a notional national park), the originators of this project would like to make their vision a reality. Daniel Raven-Ellison, a founder of this project, will talk about the vision, followed by Q & A.

All Welcome!

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Mountsfield Park Community Garden – Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Thanks Ros and Carrie for organising this very successful event on Sunday 17 May 2015. And thanks also to Toru for barbecuing Heaps sausages, Rivke, Gareth, Maria, Max for preparing, serving up the food and drinks, cake makers, Dr Elias and the Soul Surgeons for the music, Macaroon Mamas, Wiggly Wild Show, lemonade makers and all of the people that came and enjoyed the event!

Teddy Bears Picnic!

Teddy Bears’ Picnic – Thanks for the photo Rivke!

BBQ at Mountsfield Park Community Garden

Queue for Heaps Sausages at Teddy Bear’s Picnic BBQ at Mountsfield Park Community Garden



Teddy Bears Picnic at Mountsfield Park

Teddy Bears Picnic at Mountsfield Park

Dr Elias and the Soul Surgeons at Teddy Bears' Picnic Mountsfiled Park community garden

Dr Elias and the Soul Surgeons at Teddy Bears’ Picnic Mountsfield Park community garden


Teddy Bears Picnic at Mountsfield Park Community Garden

Mountsfield Park – Change to Park Keeper Service

It’s Jon Hooker’s last day tomorrow, Mon 30th March, as our park keeper. We haven’t been offered a full time replacement but have been offered the Manor House Gardens park keeper 2 days per week on Monday and Friday.

Glendale/ Lewisham Proposed Mountsfield Park park keeper rota 2015

Glendale/ Lewisham Proposed Mountsfield Park and Manor House Garden  park keeper rota from the beginning of April 2015

We think that we definitely need a full time park keeper at Mountsfield Park for all sorts of reasons, but would like to hear from park users what they think?

Mountsfield Park play area – Contractors are back at Mountsfield Park play area retrofitting drainage/ land drains, to reduce the quantity of standing water, so that the Lewisham Council can reopen the play space

Contractors are back at Mountsfield Park play area retrofitting drainage/ land drains  to reduce the quantity of standing water, so that the Lewisham Council can reopen the play space. Mountsfield Park play area has been closed for 6 months (approx). The new sand play area hasn’t been included during current drainage works, which will mean that it will be soggy during wetter months. Will the drainage swale be retained within the the play area?

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Update on the Play Park


Dear Friend,

At last spring is here, and we are all very excited for what that means in Mountsfield Park, especially the community garden which is beginning to show the results of all the hard work volunteers have put in over the winter. Thank you once again for your support, and we hope to see some more of you there on Saturday for coffee and cakes!

Most of you will have seen that the new play area remains fenced off and waterlogged. This is doubly frustrating as the new play equipment is clearly such an improvement on what was there before. We have been in regular contact with the Council to push for the problems of drainage to be resolved as soon as possible, and they assure us they moving forward as fast as they can. Although it is difficult to take, we are keen that the issues are dealt with properly and for the long-term, rather than a rushed approach, but equally we want to make sure that the Council remain focused on the task in hand. We will keep you updated.

We have also been speaking to the Council to scrutinise the spend on the project so far, and understand how the wider plans for Mountsfield Park can be taken forward. The Council have reiterated that the money we fought for to support the development of a new cafe building – £50,000 – remains intact, which is good news. We will be sending around an invitation soon for you to attend a public meeting to discuss current development of the park, what the changes to the park keeper system mean, and what the future holds, and hope that the Council will be able to attend to respond to your questions.

In the meantime, there are plenty of plans afoot for activity, including during the forthcoming Hither Green Festival, so watch this space!

Rory, Max, Gareth, Maria, Carrie, Rivke, and Ros.
FOMP Executive

Mountsfield Park – Pruning and tidying the shrubbery next to the community garden, Saturday 28th February 9.30am

We will be pruning and tidying the shrubbery next to the community garden, Saturday 28th February 9.30am – midday. Please come and join us. The shrubbery is located at Mountsfield Park, behind the community garden cabins. If you have any of the following, please bring them along – loppers, secateurs and pruning saws. We have agreed this with Glendale and are restricted to using these tools only.

Mountsfield Park community garden, installing a polytunnel Saturday 21st February 2015

Mountsfield Park community garden, installing a polytunnel Saturday 21st February 2015 9.30am – midday.

Are you good with flatpack? Please come and help us install a polytunnel at the Mountsfield Park community garden. The polytunnel will be used for growing vegetables!


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Urgent petition from Lewisham Parks Forum to the Lewisham Mayor, Cabinet and Councillors

To the Mayor, Sir Steve Bullock, the Cabinet and Councillors of the London Borough of Lewisham
9th February 2015

Dear Sir Steve and Councillors,

This letter is an urgent petition to you from the Lewisham Parks Forum, which was set up in January 2014 to represent all the Friends and User Groups so far established in Lewisham’s 46 parks and other green spaces.  Our existence was well-known from the start to Lewisham’s Parks Regeneration and Green Scene officers  –  and to the Council parks contractor, Glendale  –  yet it was not until we were invited to a meeting on 25 October 2014 that we were consulted by the Council on the drastic cuts in parks expenditure, which have put our members into a state of crisis.

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Mountsfield Park – report problems using Love Lewisham mobile phone app say the Council

Lewisham Council suggest using one of the following mobile phone apps to report problems at Mountsfield Park and any other public space in the borough. Eg litter, bins overflowing, toilet unusable, uneven paths, dog litter, entrance gates left open…

MP Heidi Alexander explains how to use the apps in this youtube video. When submitting a report using one of these apps, there is a ‘Category’  ‘Parks – Damage/Maintenance’.

Click on one of the links below to download either Love Clean Streets, Love Lewisham or Love Clean London:

Love Clean Streeets App




Love Lewisham App





Love London clean streets app







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Mountsfield Park community garden 2nd and 4th January 2015 – Planting Raspberry Canes 9.30am – midday


We will be planting raspberry canes on Friday 2nd and Sunday 4th of January 9.30am – midday. Please come and join us. The task will involve using shovels and wheelbarrows to move a lot of bark mulch onto a geotextile fabric and then planting the raspberry canes through the fabric into the ground.
The soil is claggy, wearing appropriate footwear is advisable!

Friends of Mountsfield Park (FOMP)
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Merry Christmas from FOMP!

Dear Friends,

Thank you to all those who came to Carols in the Park on Sunday. Amazingly over a hundred people came to sing (and enjoy a glass or two of mulled wine!) which was just fantastic.

This year really has been tremendous for the Friends of Mountsfield Park, the highlight being the opening of the Community Garden at the Big Dig in November. Next year promises to be just as exciting, with the new children’s playground taking shape and due to open in January, and hard work ahead to push for a new cafe.

None of this would be possible without your continued support. We have shown that together, as a community, we can make a positive difference.

So thank you for being so wonderful! Rest assured, we’ll be in touch in the New Year with more activities, campaigns, and events to enjoy.

However you intend to spend this festive period, we hope that you have a fun and relaxing time (perhaps including a Boxing Day stroll in the Park!).

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Rory, Rivke, Carrie, Max, Maria, Ros, and Gareth


Mountsfield Park – Carols – 21 December 2014, 2.30pm

Dear Friends,

This has been a year of change for Mountsfield Park, and we want to close the year with a celebration of this wonderful community we live in.

We have come together to push the Council for improvements to the park, held our very first Friends BBQ and fun day, and of course launched the Community Garden with the fantastically well supported Big Dig!

Next year promises to be just as busy. The children’s play area is beginning to take shape, and is now due to open early in the New Year. We face a challenge to ensure that Mountsfield Park receives the funding it needs to thrive, and to keep our local park keeper. And we remain determined to find a way to give Mountsfield Park the cafe we all want, and the Park deserves.

But that is for next year. Now is a time to say thank you for your support throughout 2014. So come one, come all, to an afternoon of carol singing in your local park!

Sunday 21 December from 14:30

We will also be providing mulled wine and mince pies. What better way to fill yourselves with festive spirit?

Hope you can make it.

Rory, Rivke, Carrie, Max, Maria, Ros, and Gareth

Mountsfield carols 2014


Rushey Green Assembly Fund

It’s been a beautiful day in Mountsfield Park and we had a great time at the Rushey Green Local Assembly. Lovely to talk to other community groups and to contribute to creating a community action plan for Rushey Green ward.

And we’re THRILLED to announce that Friends of Mountsfield Park has been awarded funding from the Rushey Green Assembly Fund for a community notice board. Thanks so much to everyone who voted!



Spring bulbs need planting in Mountsfield Park community garden. Help us make a start. Sat 29 Nov, 10am – midday

Mountsfield #thebigdig

Spring bulbs need planting in Mountsfield Park community garden. Help us make a start. Sat 29 Nov, 10am – midday.

Metropolitan Public Gardens Association in association with Taylors Bulbs of Holbeach have been very generous and donated approximately 85kg of bulbs for our community garden !

WOW! What an amazing community!

A massive THANK YOU to all of the people who came down today to help with the launch of the new Community Garden in Mountsfield Park. And in particular a big welcome to all of our new followers who signed-up to become part of the wonderful group who make up the Friends of Mountsfield Park.

Over the course of the day more than 100 people helped us dig, barrow, rake, hoe, plant, paint, and, of course, eat pizza! And we were thrilled that several local councillors (James Walsh, Helen Klier, and Stella Jeffrey) and our MP Heidi Alexander rolled up their sleeves and pitched in. Thanks also to our partners – Sandra Plummer and everyone from Lewisham Council, and Laura Ormerod and her colleagues from BDP. 

We really didn’t expect such an amazing turn-out and we are just blown away by the hard graft you all put in. The sense of pride and fun that you brought with you made the day so enjoyable.

We will send out more information about future gardening activities to our mailing list shortly, as well as updates on the development of the playground and the ongoing desire to see a new cafe. If you didn’t get the chance to sign up today, please email us at Keep reading the blog, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter too! 

If you have any photos from today you’d like to share, please do post them on our Facebook page or tweet them: and @mountsfieldpark

And keep an eye out for the South London Press – you might see some photographs in the next few days!

But for now, please relax and give yourselves a big pat on the back! Thank you once again – you are all stars.

Rory, Maria, Carrie, Max, Rivke, Ros, and Gareth
(FOMP Executive)



What’s changing at Mountsfield Park?

If you have been to Mountsfield Park recently, you will have seen that things are changing. The diggers have been in, the ground has been turned over, and old and rusty play equipment has been pulled down.

Two exciting developments are underway.

First, our new community garden is nearing completion and we are all getting ready for this weekend’s Big Dig! If you like getting your hands dirty, fancy yourself as a bit of a Monty Don, or even if you don’t know one end of a spade from another, come along on Saturday 15th November, anytime from 10 until dusk. There will be activities for the kids and pizza for everybody willing to put in a bit of a shift!

The new garden is taking shape and Saturday promises to be a really exciting day!

The second big development is the work in the children’s playground. Work onsite has already seen the old and unsafe equipment taken down, and improvements to the ground and areas. The installation of brand new pieces of modern wooden equipment will begin to take place soon. We hope that the new playground will be ready for use before Christmas.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!





The Big Dig! Saturday 15 November 2014

  • Are you a green fingered guru or a horticultural novice?
  • Have you never had dirt under your fingernails but would love to learn more?
  • Would you love your kids to see things grow, but don’t know one end of a spade to the other?
  • Or are you a committed composter, an enthusiastic digger, and an expert planter?

Come and help us launch the brand new Community Garden at Mountsfield Park on Saturday 15 November 2014! There’s lots to do and we need your help. There’s pizza for everyone who contributes (from our new pizza oven), and fun activities for the kids.

This is our chance to come together as a community and make something grow. Come and find out more…



2014 AGM minutes and updated constitution

The Annual General Meeting for Friends of Mountsfield Park took place on Sunday 18 October 2014 at St Swithun’s church hall. Here are the minutes and updated Constitution:





Hither Green Lane Improvements

Hither Green Lane

Message from the Hither Green Lane improvement campaign 

As you may have noticed, traffic travels very fast on this road and often fails to stop at the Zebras. It’s effectively a little local high street, with lots of useful shops – but the pavements are narrow and there are big gaps between crossings. We think that with wider pavements, narrower roads, and more trees and greenery, this could be a pleasant and safer area to shop and live.

Hither Green Lane has been granted LIP funding from TfL to make improvements – so we wanted to gather local views on how this is spent. We are working with the Hither Green Community Association and have published a draft discussion document at

We have been running a survey, which has now closed, but residents or businesses can email any further thoughts to We will circulate the results of the survey, and a list of residents’ priorities, in the coming weeks.

Friends of Mountsfield Park AGM Saturday 18th October

Friends of Mountsfield Park AGM 2014

Dear Friends of Mountsfield Park,

We sincerely hope as many of you as possible will be coming to this year’s Annual General Meeting at 3.30pm, Saturday 18th October, St Swithun’s Church Hall, St Swithun’s Road, Hither Green.

Here are a few notes for your consideration.

Please click here (FOMP AGM Agenda 2014) to see the AGM agenda and proposed changes to FoMP’s Constitution and Executive Roles that the current Executive will be putting forward at the meeting.

Click here (Fomp AGM nomination form) to open the FoMP executive roles nomination form . The Executive invites submissions for nomination to any of the Executive roles by 5pm, Saturday 11th October.

The current Constitution is available to view on Friends of Mountsfield Park’s wordpress site

We’d love to have an idea of numbers to help us with scone quantities. If you know you will come or think you may please reply to Maybe now’s the time to say if one scone is never enough also! Much appreciated, thank you.

Please do not hesitate to contact FoMP with any queries and we look forward to seeing you there.

For and on behalf of FoMP

Carrie Blackman (Secretary ) Rory McNally (Chair) and Max Calo (Treasurer)
with support from teammate Gareth Conyard

Ruskin Park community garden

Ruskin Park community garden:


The community garden at Ruskin Park is tidy and well maintained. The planting beds are surrounded by short mown grass. The community garden is gated and surrounded by a medium height steel fence. The space isn’t publicly accessible. Poly-tunnel – good idea for Mountsfield Park community garden?


Well stocked vegetable beds and lots of fruit trees


Innovative idea for growing vegetables

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Enjoyed a visit to Mayow Park’s wonderful new cafe and community garden

Enjoyed visiting Mayow Park’s wonderful new cafe and community garden:


Mayow Park cafe building (above) with the community garden in the foreground. The cafe building looks great within its parkland and community garden setting. This historic park building was  recently restored with £65,000 lottery money and £18,500 match funding from Lewisham Council. The cafe operator spent a further £25,000 on the attractive cafe building interior design and fit-out.

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Mountsfield Park Improvement Plans – Contractors Start Work on Site 22nd September 2014

140815_Mountsfield Park Revised Playground Proposal

Mountsfield Park Improvement Plans – Contractors Start Work on Site 22nd September 2014

(91)LP001 General Arrangement Plan sheet 1 of 2

(91)LP002 General Arrangement Plan sheet 2 of 2

140815_Mountsfield Park Revised Playground Proposal (91)LP001 

Hither Green Lane – Public Realm Improvements

Proposed improvements to Hither Green Lane, which will:

  • Achieve quality in the public realm
  • Strengthen shopping parades
  • Create a safe, clean place to live, work and play
  • Integrate new development in keeping with the existing townscape character of Hither Green Lane

More information:

Please complete the following Survey:


I can smell it from here! The last BBQ of the Summer

IT’s TODAY!!!!!


Lewisham, Catford,

Hither Green, Rushey Green,

Please come along from 12.

Have children bounce on a castle,

Dribble hot-dog onions on your blanket,

Soak in the views from Mountsfield Park

…..What heaven!


Please join us and enjoy an Everyone Togetherly afternoon. 


ps. bring cash, wipes and wine… little reminders!


And… it’s not that the rhyming isn’t there it’s that you’re being treated to some real sophisticated stuff