- Cleaner Greener Safer Programme 2015 – The Friends have submitted a Southwark Park Improvements package to the Council amounting to £52,500, consisting of bandstand works; a new outdoor gym in the northern sector; two outdoor table tennis tables and a bee observation hive. Decision by February 2015.
- Unauthorised access to Southwark Park – the Council has sealed all the illegal gates. Well done!
- Environmental improvements in Southwark Park - Grosvenor Estates have kindly offered their support - some new trees and help with the beehives are being considered. Watch this space for more details.
- Congratulations to Quadron Services who have won a national award for their maintenance of Southwark Park.
- ‘It’s Our Park’ film – Stewart Morgan’s highly-acclaimed documentary about Southwark Park, sponsored by the Bermondsey Square Community Fund and North Southwark Environment Trust, is now available in DVD format, free of charge from the Southwark Park Office while stocks last! Or you can click on the image below for a free online viewing.
In September 2009 the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded The Friends a grant to carry out a reminiscence project entitled "Our Park". Considering it was the first municipal park in London to be open to the public, we believed that the story of Southwark Park was not as well-known as it should be. Apart from a small booklet published in 1999, there was no substantial written or oral history of one of London's first public parks, a gap of local and regional significance, not only to adults, but also to children. Through "Our Park" we set out to tell that story to our local community in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe, and we also drew upon their memories of the park to make the tale as rich as possible.
project was completed by the summer of 2010, and activities included
heritage walks and talks; exhibitions; work with local schools
(including an educational resource pack) and community groups; and a
floral display in the park. A full-colour book was published, based on
interviews and writings of local people. In addition a history of
Southwark Park Bowling Club was produced. In all, over 200 people took
part in a very successful project, and we thank them so much for
volunteering their time. And thanks to Debra Gosling for her book design work.
You can download copies of the books (for free) here:
The 1st Southwark Park Brownies have helped the Friends to produce a colourful nature trail leaflet for children.
Free copies are available from the Park office, cafe and Art Gallery.
Many thanks to:
- Anita Marloe and her colleagues
Salter Statues Campaign
The Friends Blog