The Friends of Belair Park is a non-profit organisation striving to protect and enhance wildlife, landscape & heritage within Belair Park, West Dulwich, for the benefit of all . . . .
. . . . at the same time, we work in alliance with other green space groups across the London Borough of Southwark and beyond as we seek to act as a catalyst to promote ecology, education and social justice in a broader community.
The Friends of Belair Park is an organisation for those who want to make a real difference to their locality.
We represent and serve a diverse community.
The Friends are on the front line of the fight for public green space. Since our formation, we have campaigned successfully to prevent the sale of the Park and to safeguard the Park from being smothered by a large commercial sports centre. We have created and fought to preserve ecology features which enhance the local network of wildlife corridors. These include a Wildlife Walk beside the lake. Hundreds of volunteers from the community, including classes of children from Rosendale Primary School and Turney Road School, have helped us to develop the Walk, where a maze of paths takes visitors around hedgerow, ditch, wood pile, woodland and wetland habitats. Constructive partnership with the London Borough of Southwark assists our work.
Our role has expanded beyond the purely parochial function of a friends of a park. We are a growing amenity society with its roots in West Dulwich and West Norwood, and we are eager to put our weight behind the fight for green space across South London.
The current Chair is Dr Martin Heath, a longstanding eco-campaigner with a background in biology and the Earth sciences. His research interests include the search for other habitable planets. He writes: “It has been exciting to be involved in the search for other habitable worlds, but our first and most urgent priority is the planet on our doorstep. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to serve the local community by fighting for public greenspace, enhancing wildlife corridors, and raising awareness of ecology issues.”