Friends of Southwark Parks – May newsletter

Friends of Southwark Parks publishes its May newsletter. received from Simon Short of Southwark Council, who works for the Parks and Open Spaces department.

Date: Wed, 14 May 2014 13:19:00 +0100

Friends of Southwark Parks

May 2014

Southwark Park


Green Flag improvements to our parks
This year, we are excited that both Surrey Square and Nursery Row Park have been submitted for a Green Flag award this year. In the run up to the judging we have made several improvements to both horticultural and infrastructure elements, including the introduction of new hedge planting and herbaceous borders, and replacing all the bins in both sites with dual use bins. Nursery Row park has also benefitted from the formal creation of what were previously informal paths.

150th Anniversary: 100 young trees donated to Southwark Park
The Woodland Trust kindly donated 100 young tree saplings to the Friends of Southwark Park, on the actual day of the 150th anniversary of the Southwark Park Act 1864-2014, which brought Southwark Park into existence. Some of the trees were planted by a nursery class from Rotherhithe Primary School and a group from the Bede Centre called Believing in Community, on 28 April. The Friends were extremely grateful for the support from the parks team and the team leader from Quadron Services. In addition there are many events related to this historic occassion – see our Get Involved section below.

Interpretation signage installed in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park
As part of a Cleaner Greener Safer project the Parks team designed and installed three new interpretation boards for GMH Park. The main board details history about the site and the building which is now occupied by the Imperial War Museum; there is also a board by the orchard which provides a description on some of the trees which have been planted. The final board is by the entrance to the World Garden and provides some information on the different climates which are represented within the world garden. Come on down and take a look..

For more news, visit our page at



Get involved

Evening bird walk in Sydenham Hill Wood
When: Thursday 15 May, 7pm to 8.30pm
Where: Meet inside the Crescent Wood Road gate, Sydenham Hill Wood
Join Dan Greenwood from the London Wildlife Trust at dusk and learn how to identify your local birdlife.

Geraldine Mary Harmsworth head gardener walkabout
When: Friday 16 May, meet at 11am, lasts approximately 1 hour
Where: St George’s Road entrance
Come along and meet Ania Watr, our new head gardener at Geraldine Mary Harmsworth park, and find out about all our horticultural gems.

Friends of Nunhead Cemetery open day
When: Saturday 17 May, meet at 11am to 5pm
Where: Nunhead Cemetery
This is the Friends of Nunhead Cemetery’s (FONC) biggest event of the year, encompassing tours of the cemetery, visits to the chapel and crypt ( a rare opportunity as it’s not usually open), guidance on family history, and delicious home made foods and drinks at our cafe.

Floodtide on the Effra
When: Sunday 18 May, 12pm to 4pm
Where: Starting at Belair Park with later performances in Dulwich Park
Southwark residents are invited to experience the rhythms of Southwark’s ‘lost river’ for themselves in a unique music event in Dulwich. In the first experience of its kind in Southwark, audiences will be able to combine nature with music as they walk along and watch musicians translate the tranquil sounds of the river into an innovative musical masterpiece. Bring a picnic and enjoy. For performance times and to find out more about the Floodtide experience please

Help us make the most of Camberwell Green
When: Sunday 18 May, 10am to 2.30pm
Where: The meeting room at Camberwell Leisure Centre, Artichoke Place (off Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8TS
Do you live or work in Camberwell? Are you interested in helping to ensure that the plans to regenerate Camberwell Green are as good as possible at promoting wellbeing for the local community? Your views are important to us and will help to shape the work at the Green. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, but places are limited so booking is essential. Please contact Pippa Krishnan to reserve your place now.

Signmaking at Galleywall Nature Reserve
When: Sunday 18 May, 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Where: Galleywall Nature Reserve, Galleywall Road SE16
Help make some more signs to go on the habitat wall outside the reserve. All materials provided, just turn up and all ages are welcome.  For more information on this and other Summer events please visit the Galleywall Nature Reserve website at

Evensong bird walk in One Tree Hill
When: Thursday 22 May, 7.30pm to 9pm
Where: Meet at One Tree Hill
Join Doug Brooks from the Friends of One Tree Hill at dusk and learn how to identify your local birds. Contact Doug Brooks at for details of where to meet.

Evening tree walk in Sydenham Hill Wood
When: Thursday 29 May, 7pm to 8.30pm
Where: Meet inside the Crescent Wood Road gate, Sydenham Hill Wood
Join Dan Greenwood from London Wildlife Trust at dusk and learn how to identify your local trees.

For more events, visit our new page at


Share your news with us

If you have any news or ideas for future editions, please email Simon Short




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