Lewisham People’s Day at Mountsfield Park 11th July 2020, 12 noon to 8pm
The event will be organised and hosted by Continental Drifts
Lewisham People’s Day
Compare the new and old Lewisham Council parks and open spaces strategies…
Draft Lewisham parks and open space strategy 2020-2025
Lewisham Open Space Strategy 2012-2017
Check key differences between the new and superseded Lewisham parks and open space strategies in this comparison table
Let us know what you think has been missed from the new Draft Lewisham parks and open space strategy 2020 – 2025?
Pros – (Proposals in the new 2020-2027 strategy that were not in the old 2012 – 2017 strategy):
- Friends of Mountsfield Park welcome the proposal to recycle green waste in parks and reduce use of weedkiller and the 2 for 1 replacement of dead and felled trees (but we need better protection of existing trees if we are to increase urban tree canopy in accordance with Lewisham’s draft open space policies. Will the huge number of street and parkland trees that have been lost in the Borough during the last 20 years be replaced 2 for 1 as part of the new strategy?
Cons – (Actions and outcomes that were in the old strategy that have not been included in the new strategy):
- There is less in the new strategy about making the parks and open spaces more accessible eg for infirm and disabled people. The new strategy suggests that only new children’s play areas would include extra play provision for disabled children, existing play areas would not, which is a missed opportunity to improve play provision in the Borough. Toilet provision in parks and open spaces has also been omitted from the updated strategy and the commitment to retain park keepers which will have an adverse effect on accessibility. We need to ‘increase access to nature’ in the Borough in accordance with Lewisham’s draft open space policies.
- The Lewisham Council parks team GreenScene will be taking the parks maintenance service in-house. The parks staff are likely to benefit from this eg improved working conditions, but the service is likely to suffer. The parks service was very poor before 2000 when the service was in-house.
- The new strategy also implies that the design of improvements to parks and open space is also being taken in-house, there is very little about working with external parks and open space designers or consultants. We have experienced a little of this already with the Greening Fund, which is being used for ad hoc improvements by GreenScene without professional design input. It is very important that we continue to improve Lewisham’s parks and open spaces with the support of external design consultants. The improved Beckenham Place Park, Ladywell Fields and Manor House gardens are some of the best landscape architect redesigned green spaces in south London, which could not have been achieved without external design consultants. Good quality well designed parks and open spaces cannot be achieved by a parks team with very little design experience doing deals with play equipment and street furniture companies.
- The aspiration for good quality design in our parks and open spaces has also been omitted from the revised strategy.
- The reuse of park buildings and supporting cafe provision with toilets is also absent from the new strategy.
- The new strategy suggests that there will be less support from the Lewisham parks management team for members of the local community who want to improve their neglected neighbourhood green space.
- An effective approach to reducing antisocial behaviour in parks and open spaces is absent from the new strategy.
- Supporting the arts is no longer included.
- Increasing extent of wildlife habitat was in the old strategy but not included in the new strategy, despite the plight of invertebrates, whose population numbers are crashing. With reference to Glendale’s (Lewisham Parks Contractor) contract rates, it would be 5 times cheaper to maintain grass as species rich meadow in our parks and open spaces rather short mown grass. Increasing areas of wildlife habitat in Lewisham’s parks and open spaces would conform with ‘increasing access to nature’ which is is included in the Borough’s draft open space policies.
Recycling real Christmas trees at Mountsfield Park George Lane entrance
You can recycle your real Christmas tree from 2 January to 28 February 2020 at Mountsfield Park. Please leave any unwanted mistletoe on our pumpkin patch in the community garden!
More information about which parks in Lewisham you can choose to leave your real Christmas tree for recycling:
Friends of Mountsfield Park AGM 2020 – 10.30am, Sunday 12th January Station Hotel, Staplehurst Rd SE13 5NB.
Please open this link to nomination-form-for-election-to-committee-group-2020 for those seeking election to the Friends committee. Forms must be submitted no later than 5pm on Friday 10th January 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you can’t make the AGM but want to be involved in FoMP, please do get in touch – there are lots of ways in which you can help out and we would be grateful for any support you can offer.
- Minutes of last meeting
- Financial report
- FoMP committee nominations
- Matters arising