Thanks to GoodGym.org and FoMP Volunteers for our new Pumpkin Bed at Mountsfield Park Community Garden

Thanks to GoodGym.org and FoMP volunteers for our new pumpkin bed at Mountsfield Park community garden SE6.

@GoodGym and Friends of Mountsfield Park volunteers shoveling and barrowing compost to our new community garden pumpkin patch.

@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

Litter Picking Events at Mountsfield Park

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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.

Contact mountsfieldpark@gmail.com for more information

All welcome!

Report any fly-tipping, litter, dog litter in Lewisham (including Mountsfield Park) using the FixMyStreet app
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Planting roses at Stainton’s rose garden, Mountsfield Park 9.30 – 11.30am Sunday 7th February 2016

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!

Help needed moving a large pile of compost into the raised vegetable beds at Mountsfield Park community garden Sunday 31 January 9.30am until midday

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.

Many thanks for you support!

Contact mountsfieldpark@gmail.com for more information.

The raised vegetable beds at the back in this photo need filling with compost - we need your help!

The raised vegetable beds at the back in this photo need filling with compost – we need your help!

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The compost for the community garden raised vegetable beds has been bought with the kind support of Metropolitan Pubic Gardens Association

If you see any problems at Mountfield Park contact Glendale 0208 318 39866

If you see any problems at Mountsfield Park contact Glendale 0208 318 39866 (24hr phone number).

Friends of Mountsfield Park AGM 2016

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 mountsfieldpark@gmail.com

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.

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Recycled Christmas Trees – George Lane Entrance Mountsfield Park January 2016

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

Christmas trees for recycling at Mountsfield Park 2016

Join us in Mountsfield Park for Christmas Carols and festive fun!

 

Christmas Carols 2015 FINAL

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
FOMP Executive

Friends of Mountsfield Park Open Meeting 7-8pm Wednesday 2nd December 2015 – All Welcome!

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 mountsfieldpark@gmail.com. Meeting minutes will be forwarded to Lewisham Council and the Rushey Green Councillors. Continue reading

Tree planting in the park with Friends of Mountsfield Park – 10am, Sunday 15th November 2015 – All Welcome!

Tree planting in the park with Friends of Mountsfield Park – 10am, Sunday 15th November 2015 – All Welcome!

Meet at Mountsfield Park  community garden (near the bandstand).

Please let us know if you would like to take part – email us at mountsfieldpark@gmail.com


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Council seek expressions of interest in a new cafe in Mountsfield Park


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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.

If you know somebody who might be interested – perhaps an existing local business – please encourage them to contact the Corporate Asset Team at Lewisham Council on 0208 314 6865 or email Jennifer.Rivers@lewisham.gov.uk .  The Team will also be hosting an open afternoon on Wednesday 28 October from 14:00-16:00 – why not come along and share your views?

The Friends of Mountsfield Park have produced a short information pack to help this process – MP_Brief_FINAL_July_2015.pdf

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.

Thanks.

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

FOMP Executive

 

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.
More information about venue:
https://mountsfieldpark.wordpress.com/…/mountsfield-park-t…/

FoMP Trim Fitness Trail

More information about venue:
http://councilmeetings.lewisham.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CommitteeId=303&CF=&MeetingId=4046&Ver=4

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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FOMP Summer Picnic – coming together as a community

Having fun and raising funds for refugees in crisis

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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 http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/shame-on-europe
  • 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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/1486136575014090/ 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 Heightshttp://www.eagleheights.co.uk – 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

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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.

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We would encourage you to think about these issues, and respond to the survey (which can be found here: https://lewisham-consult.objective.co.uk/portal (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.

Thanks.
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!)

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Saturday 5 September – FOMP Summer Picnic!

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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). http://www.eagleheights.co.uk
– 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 http://www.greenflagaward.org.uk

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:

MP_Brief_FINAL_July_2015.pdf

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 mountsfieldpark@gmail.com

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(2) Visit our Facebook page and leave your answers there  http://www.facebook.com/friendsofmountsfieldpark


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

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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!

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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

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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!

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Teddy Bears’ Picnic – Thanks for the photo Rivke!

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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:

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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

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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!

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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

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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!

 

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A Walk to Mountsfield Park

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I have blogged two of my standard walks around Hither Green to Greenwich and my double parker.  My third standard stroll is to Mountsfield Park.

I set off with @dougiecockapoo from home and walk towards Hither Green railway station and pass under the meridian sign you can see above and I move over to the western hemisphere.

We walk through past the new housing and up Beacon Road (below) to Hither Green Lane.

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We cross by the Cafe of Good Hope and turn left into George Lane.  On the corner is Carpet Corner which was once Kids Corner and my, now, teenage son still regrets it closing.  It was originally the Park Cinema.

We enter Mountsfield Park from Stainton Road, SE6 andthe park is before us.  As I let @dougiecockapoo off the lead he runs to enjoy the freedom and I look at the park and view…

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