Mountsfield Park community garden – Help water thirsty fruit trees!

The fruit trees in our community garden are very thirsty during the hot weather. Please help by watering them if you can by bringing a watering can with you when you next visit the park and water the trees and any other plants that look like they need it! We have a push button tap at one end of the grey community garden cabins. The fruit trees are quite young and typically need 20 litres of water every 2 weeks in summer.

Mountsfield Park community garden cherry tree August 2016

Mountsfield Park community garden cherry tree August 2016

Mountsfield Park Cafe and Toilets – we have until 3 August 2016 to make a difference!

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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!

We have written to the Planning Department to outline our concerns, but here’s what you can do to help:

  • add your signature to this petition by 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 mountsfieldpark@gmail.com by 3 August 2016 with any further comments, thoughts, and experiences. All evidence is good evidence and will help us to make the case.
  • Tell your friends and neighbours! Share the petition, share this blog post

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.

New Mountsfield Park Trim Trail

Mountsfield trim trailWe 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).

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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 mountsfieldpark@gmail.com

Update on Mountsfield Park Cafe

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.

Your Executive has written to the Council to put on record our firm support for this proposal – you can view our letter here: Mountsfield cafe reference DC-16-095961

We encourage you to write to the Council to express your support as well.

You can view the planning documents here:
http://planning.lewisham.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=_LEWIS_DCAPR_83187

We’ll keep you posted as the proposal progresses.

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

 

Mountsfield Park Community Gardening Event Sunday 5 June 10.30am – 1.30pm

IMAG4718Mountsfield Park community gardening  event Sunday 5 June  10.30 am – 1.30 pm:

  • mulching,
  • weeding,
  • watering,
  • plant swap,
  • make a pizza in the community garden pizza oven – bring your own pizza dough, mozzarella, passata, rolling pin, chopping board, and other ingredients.

All welcome!

Thanks to Roger and Alice for our fabulous up-cycled mud kitchen installed at the Mountsfield Park community garden

 

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Thanks to Roger and Alice for the fabulous up-cycled mud kitchen installed at the community garden 15th May 2016!

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The mud kitchen was installed on the same day as Teddy Bears’ Picnic 2016 at Mountsfield Park.

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We love a party! Are you coming?

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.

Don’t forget your Teddy Bear!*

*other furry friends welcome too🙂

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Trim Trail funding for Mountsfield Park

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.

Watch this space!

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If you go down to the woods today….

…. or rather Mountsfield Park’s Community Garden on Sunday 15 May 2016 from 1pm, you and your teddy bear will find lots of treats!

Friends of Mountsfield Park are once again hosting a Teddy Bear’s Picnic as part of the Hither Green Festival – check out the festival brochure for other fantastic events. Join us for:

  • Children’s Crafts
  • Park Explorer Trail
  • Faceprinting
  • Forest School taster sessions
  • Plant Swap Shop
  • Music from the Macaroon Mamas and Sing Along Sally

And to sustain parents, friends, children, and teddy bears alike, refreshments will be provided by Greekelicious by Julia, the Truly Splendid Pop Up Vintage Tea Room, and FOMP’s licensed bar.

We’re looking forward to meeting you and your furry friend!

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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

Winning Mountsfield Park Cafe Design Images

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
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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:
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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

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.

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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

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

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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!

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

Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Mountsfield Park Community Garden Sunday 17 May

Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Mountsfield Park Community Garden 17 May near the bandstand, Stainton Road, SE6 1AN.

Teddy Bear's Picnic at Mountsfield Park 17 May

More information:

http://ourhithergreen.com/events/teddy-bears-picnic/

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

Catford’s Long Lost Cycling Stadium

Running Past

Catford was home to several sports stadia which have been lost over the years, including the greyhound stadium and The Mount, home to Charlton for a season, both of which have been covered before in Running Past.  Another very short-lived one was a cycling and athletics track on a site close to Brownhill Road, now taken up by Elmer Road and Sportsbank Street. It was the track home to Catford Cycling Club and Blackheath Harriers between 1895 and 1900.

Running Past has covered the early history of Blackheath (now and Bromley) Harriers on the Heath; Catford Cycling Club’s origins are little later, not being formed until 1886 – but within a decade or so it had become ‘probably the foremost track racing club in Britain’, according to its official history at least.

In the early 1890s, while the area around Rushey Green was beginning to be developed and from…

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Far East Festival – Saturday 6 August 2016

 

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We’re pleased to announce that Mountsfield Park will play host to London’s first ever Far East Festival on Saturday 6th August between 12pm – 8pm, combining the music, culture, food, and arts of countries in the Far East.

There’s a packed and exciting schedule with main stage performances from X-Factor finalists 4th Impact, teen sensation JAGMAC and kpop singer Tita Lau. As well as cultural performances, martial arts displays, and a dragon dance just to name a few! Broaden your culinary horizons with a wide range of authentic street food stalls, in the ‘Taste of the Far East’ area, and be amazed by live cooking demonstrations from head pan-asian chef “Ping Sy”. Entertain the children with face painting in the kid’s tent, rides at the fun fair, and martial arts classes available all day. Or soothe yourself away from the city bustle within our free yoga and meditation tents.

The festival is set to be an exhilarating and fascinating experience for all involved, and with each ticket comes a complimentary Singha beer or soft drink.

Advance tickets are on sale now at http://www.fareastfestival.com for £8.50 (under 5s go free).

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