— Heidi Alexander (@heidi_mp) May 21, 2017
…. or rather Mountsfield Park’s Community Garden on Sunday 21 May 2017 from 12pm, you and your teddy bear will find lots of treats!
Friends of Mountsfield Park are once again hosting a Teddy Bears’ Picnic as part of the Hither Green Festival week – join us for:
- Music with Singalong Sally
- Forest School taster sessions with James from Forries Education
- Messy play and children’s craft with Messy Shed – dress for mess!
- Park Explorer Trail with Izzy
- Jenni’s Truly Splendid Popup Tea Room
- Unfortunately we will not have the Park Fever bar this year at Teddy Bears’ Picnic because of a mix-up with the event’s alcohol licence. You are welcome to bring your own craft beer with you!
We’re looking forward to meeting you and your furry friend!
Please support our Spacehive funding campaign for fox proof litter bins at Mountsfield Park. We want to make Mountsfield Park more welcoming and beautiful. Unfortunately foxes empty our old open style bins at night making Mountsfield Park untidy and unwelcoming. The Mountsfield Park urban foxes are naturally curious creatures, they investigate the bins looking for junk food and used nappies to use in their dens; unfortunately they don’t clear up after themselves. This means that in a public place, that only has the services of a park-keeper two days per week, litter, old food and bags of dog poo can be left strewn across the grass. This is not only unsightly but also a health hazard, especially to small children and also pet dogs.
Hither Green is prioritised for an allocation of trees funded by Greater London Authority.
In Hither Green, there are over 200 empty tree pits and so to make things easy we have marked the tree pits here for you to vote for where you would like the Street trees to be planted.
You will need to search for your street, find the closest pin, click on it and leave your email address and we will send you a confirmation.
The tree pits with the most registered votes will be chosen for planting.
There will be less than 3 trees to allocate however, as always you can privately sponsor a tree by pledging £240 and be proud that you have helped keep Hither Green green.
The FixMyStreet reports are sent to Lewisham Council and then Glendale deal with the litter, fly-tipping, broken playground equipment, dog mess etc. Please continue to use the FixMyStreet phone app to keep Mountsfield Park in good condition.
The FixMyStreet phone app works in Lewisham and across the UK.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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:
We’ll keep you posted as the proposal progresses.
Rory, Maria, Carrie, Ros, Rivke, Max, and Gareth