Wonderful to get a mention in Time Out ’13 must-see spots in Catford and Lewisham, recommended by locals’

“13 must-see spots in Catford and Lewisham, recommended by locals

Londoners spill the secrets on the best things to eat, drink and get up to in Catford and Lewisham
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There are plenty of local gems to discover in this stretch of south-east London. Pick up some top tips from Time Out Tastemakers.

Best pub

The Catford Constitutional Club serves proper Sunday roasts, hosts live music nights and pub quizzes and has a garden for when the weather is on your side.’ Georgie Pursey

Best place for coffee

Middleton on Loampit Hill is open seven days a week and makes an amazing brunch! My favourite is the full vegetarian breakfast with an orange polenta cake to finish.’ Evie Möller

Best place for culture

Lewisham Arthouse always has interesting exhibitions which are worth travelling to this part of town for.’ Iza Kawecka

‘I love the Broadway Theatre on Catford Road: it always has a varied line-up, featuring anything from boxing to comedy.’ Stephanie Chan

Best place to shop

The Bottle Bar and Shop on Catford Broadway is a winner for drinking, eating and shopping. They sell killer craft bottled cocktails and host wine tastings and food pairings: a solid option for a date.’ Georgie Pursey

Brockley Market on Saturdays is one of the best things to have happened to Lewisham.’ Sophie Møller Vlachaki

Best green space

‘I could spend my weekends wandering Mountsfield Park for hours. It has a cute community garden, meadow grasslands and a beautiful rose garden.’ Evie Möller

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Dogs, Drugs and Alcohol – New restrictions for Lewisham’s parks and green spaces? Please complete Lewisham Council’s consultation!

Dogs, drugs and alcohol – new restrictions for Lewisham’s parks and green spaces? Please complete the Council’s online consultation of current and proposed control of dogs, drugs and alcohol for Lewisham’s parks and green spaces https://lewisham-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/community_services/crsp/public_space_protection_order

Dead and Dying Trees in Lewisham’s Parks and Open Spaces

These photos show just some of the many trees at Mountsfield Park and other Lewisham parks that are dead or dying mainly due to strimmer and mower damage by Lewisham Council and their parks and open spaces contractor. Severe soil compaction due to vehicular traffic and drought are also factors contributing to the demise of many of the trees in Lewisham’s parks and open spaces.

  • Mountsfield Park April 2019 - fresh and historic careless strimmer damage
  • Strimmer damage - Mountsfield Park April 2019
  • Historic tree stem strimmer damage at Mountsfield Park
  • Mountsfield Park play area 2017 - recently planted semi-mature birch tree bought with Lewisham Section 106 funds, dead because of strimmer damage causing ring-barking or girdling. Replacement and maintenance cost £350.00 approx
  • Manor House Gardens, Lewisham April 2019 - fresh strimmer damage which could introduce fungal disease within the damaged cambium layer.
  • Recurring strimmer / brush cutter tree stem damage at Mountsfield Park April 2019
  • Strimmer damage - Mountsfield Park April 2019
  • Mountsfield Park April 2019 - Historic flowering cherry root damage due to mower blades set too low. Flowering cherries are susceptible to disease and should be protected from injury.
  • Strimmer damage to base of dying Tilia tomentosa art Mountsfield Park July 2019
  • Hilly Fields, Lewisham April 2019 no grass mowing or strimming allowed near to tree stem to avoid damage to surface roots and bark. By agreement with Friends of Hilly Fields, Lewisham parks officers and the parks and open spaces contractor, Glendale.
  • Mountsfield Park nature reserve 2017 - Felled Indian bean tree. This tree like many other trees that have died at Mountsfield Park have not been replaced with newly planted trees.
  • Strimmer damage on newly planted tree Beckenham Place Park Feb 2019
  • Historic strimmer damage allowing fungal infection at base of ash tree at Mountsfield Park 2018
  • Dead tree at Mountsfield Park 2017. Died prematurely due to mower and strimmer damage 2017
  • Mower damage to a hornbeam at Mountsfield Park 2018
  • Hilly Fields, Lewisham April 2019 - historic strimmer damage which will shorten the lifespan of this mature tree.
  • Strimmer damage Mountsfield Park Play area 2018
  • Recently planted semi mature maple at Mountsfield Park play area - dying because of strimmer damage which is causing ring-barking or girdling 2017
  • Dead avenue tree at Mountsfield Park near the Brownhill Road entrance. Died prematurely due to historic mower and strimmer damage.
  • Tree stump near Mountsfield Park community garden - premature death due to mower damage 2017. Contractor mower blades set much too low within proximity to tree stem, causing injury to surface roots and entry for harmful fungal infection.
  • Mountsfield Park April 2019 - historic strimmer damage

The Lewisham Council parks and open space managers instruct the landscape contractor to keep grass short right up to the base of each tree for a tidy appearance and because it is part of the current Lewisham contract specification. Unfortunately the Lewisham parks and open spaces contractor does not have sufficient capacity or resources to achieve a short grass sward next to trees without harming them. The strimmer and mower damage shown below will cause a tree to die quickly or slowly through introduction of disease via cuts and wounds.

Lewisham Council encourages external funding sought by volunteers for new and replacement tree planting eg from London tree and woodland awards, to make London greener, biodiverse, healthier, cleaner, more welcoming and more resilient. The future of existing and newly planted trees in Lewisham’s Parks and open spaces is uncertain if Lewisham Council continues to insist on short neatly cut grass up to the base of each parkland tree. At Hilly Fields park, Lewisham Council has recently experimented with mower and strimmer prohibition near to trees, which has effectively reduced further tree damage there. This approach should be applied by Lewisham’s green space officers and parks staff across the borough to protect trees, unless the Council is willing to invest in a more controlled, better resourced and skilled maintenance of our parks and open spaces.

References: 1. Arboriculture Research Note 1992. Issued by the Arboricultural Advisory & Information Service. Blight to trees caused by vegetation control machinery. D Patch, A Denyer. 2. Arboricultural Journal 2018 vol 40. Effects of strimmer damage to young ash trees. Sally A Shuck and Duncan Slater. 3. Tree Wounds – Invitations to Wood Decay Fungi 2018. Nicole Ward Gauthier, William E. Fountain, Traci Missun. University of Kentucky.

Police investigation launched after incident in Mountsfield Park


Earlier this week, we posted a request from the Police about an incident which took place in Mountsfield Park on Sunday 20 November 2016. Sadly this is now a murder investigation. More information can be found here.

Mountsfield Park is a community park which is much loved by the local residents who use it every day. The Friends of Mountsfield Park and the park users we represent are devastated by this dreadful news. We will help in any way we can, and urge anyone who is able to help the Police with their enquiries to come forward.

Please note the following:

  • The Police are appealing to find any witnesses who were in, or near to, Mountsfield Park between approximately 17:15hrs and 18:45hrs on Sunday, 20 November, and are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard anything regarding an incident involving a man in the company of a child.
  • Officers will be conducting appeals at the park one week on from the incident on Sunday 27 November 2016
  • Anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4868.
  • To give information anonymously Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org

Winter 2016 FOMP Newsletter

The cafe! The trim trail! Christmas! Volunteering opportunities! Fox-proof bins! Accessible picnic benches!

It’s all go at Mountsfield Park.  Read all about it here…



It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

So lets be honest, 2016 has been a strange old year…

But it’s Christmas! And never ones to waste an opportunity to eat, drink, and be merry, we at FOMP will be throwing our annual Carols in the Park event at 2pm on Saturday December 17th 2016.

There will be music, mince pies, and mulled wine, and the chance to spend a magical afternoon with friends and neighbours.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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