Events

 

 Into the Night

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The darkness of night is essential for our wildlife and equally important for people.

Through “Into the Night” Friends of Burgess Park are exploring the night time. We are holding events about bats, talks about the stars and films about space. In London we have a lot of electric light all the time which means we never really experience real darkness. “Into the Night” will invite people to come into Burgess Park and find out more about the park at night time.

 

 

Thurs 28 September Astronomy talk ticket booking – refundable £5

Learn more about the night sky above Burgess Park.

The evening will begin with a short talk inside Chumleigh Gardens, followed by practical observations and stargazing. This is a beginner’s guide to the night sky.

On the 28 September, with a clear night sky, we should be able to see Saturn and the Summer Triangle. Please bring binoculars if you have them. We will climb the slope in Burgess Park (behind children’s playground) for the stargazing, please wear suitable shoes.

The event is organised by FOBP and we have invited Dr Martin Heath to lead the event.

Dr Heath and his co-worker Dr Laurance Doyle of the SETI Institute collaborate through the Ecospheres Project to investigate what combinations of stars and planets are most friendly for complex life. https://ecospheresproject.org/

The ticket is £5.00 plus 90p Eventbrite booking fee. Total £5.90.

The £5.00 ticket fee is refundable upon attendance or make this a donation to FOBP so that we can hold further events for park users and people interested in Burgess Park.

Zeppelin 1917  heritage project

Image of streets and shadow of Zeppelin
Poster for Zeppelin 1917 events 7 to 28 October

Find out more about events 7-28 October. 

Almost one hundred years ago, on October 19 1917, a Zeppelin bomb landed in Calmington Road, Southwark killing 10 people, injuring 24 and demolished a fish and chip shop, doctor’s surgery and houses. The Friends of Burgess Park project “Zeppelin 1917” will uncover the stories of local heroes and piece together the dramatic raid right over what is now Burgess Park.

Volunteers wanted now
Supported by a Heritage Lottery Fund award, Friends of Burgess Park are looking for  people to volunteer.  Be part of the October season of events — walks, talks and shows remembering the catastrophic raid of 100 years ago.

Volunteering roles: Pdf  Doc

First World War Centenary Project led by the Imperial War Museum logo
Funding raised by the National Lottery and awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

 

Wall E  free open air film

Friday 8 September  

Children’s workshop 6.45pm and film 7.30pm, Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival

Wall E poster

Bring your own chair or rug along with a picnic and enjoy this family film.
The film will be screened on the grass slope facing the lake in Burgess Park.

WALL-E, short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class, is the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days tidying up the planet, one piece of garbage at a time. But during 700 years, WALL-E has developed a personality, and he’s more than a little lonely.  94 minutes suitable for children – U rating .

 

Forty people came to the Bat Walk on Saturday 19 August.  Huma Pearce, Ecologist, Mostly Bats, led the bat walk giving a vivid insight into the different types of bats and helping to identify them with bat detectors. Huma also set up bat traps and we were able to see a tiny Pipistrelle. Huma is also undertaking a bat survey of Burgess Park, part of a bigger survey across London.

 

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Tuesday 4 July, 7-9 pm
Summer BBQ at Glengall Wharf Garden
SE15 6NF. Entrance off Surrey Canal Walk 

You’re invited to the FOBP summer BBQ 
Enjoy a summer’s evening at the beautiful Glengall Wharf Garden.

  • Try some tasty salad from Glengall Wharf Garden with
  • Vegetarian and non-veggie BBQ
  • Summer drinks with herbs from the garden
  • Informal conversations about local community activity

People’s Company from Scratch

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, 28 May, 7-9 pm
at the Old Library, Wells Way, Burgess Park

Join People’s Company – a local Southwark-based experimental theatre group – in an improvised journey through language, words and their meanings, real or not real. Hosted by Theatre Delicatessen.

Find out more and buy tickets

Growfest

Growfest 2017 for Southwark gardenersSaturday, 6 May, 11 am – 4 pm

Glengall Wharf Garden (Burgess Park Food Project)
64 Glengall Rd SE15 6NF, are holding Growfest, a celebration of growing, gardening and the green community in Southwark to bring people together to generate interest in permaculture, wildlife gardening, beekeeping, composting, food growing and more … Gardeners’ Question Time, workshops, talks, seed giveaway, raffle, fun,  food, activities for all ages.

Wild By Nature – spring events

Fox Fun Breakfast

Saturday 13 May 5.30am to 8.00am – £5 refundable.
Adults and 12+

fox face painted on plywood in Burgess Park

Early morning fox watching will take place at Glengall Wharf Garden with a talk on foxes by Sylvia Myles, London Wildlife Trust. Followed by continental breakfast.

Foxes are most active at night, by 6.30am they will be making their way back home. By mid-May the cubs will be old enough to come out and meet their parents, so with luck and patience we may see them playing together. Glengall Road entrance will be open from 5.30am. Please enter quietly. The gate will be shut at 6.10am to avoid latecomers disturbing the foxes.

Booking essential £5  refundable 

Book Fun Fox Breakfast here  £5 refundable; 90p booking fee non-refundable.

Three events for spring in Burgess Park

Previous Events 

Lake Life: discover the amazing wildlife that lives in Burgess Park Lake

Examining water sample with a magnifyer
Looking for lake life
Saturday, 8 April 2017, 11:00am – 12:30pm

drawing of a dragonfly

London Wildlife Trust and the Friends of Burgess Park drop-in family friendly event.

We found amazing creatures above and below the water in Burgess Park Lake. We used nets and trays  to sample the water and examined insect life through magnifyers. We found damselflies and dragonfly nymphs living in the water which will turn onto the adults during the summer.  These are one of the six indicator species of Burgess Park.

London Wildlife Trust undertake a survey of lake insect life.
London Wildlife Trust undertake a survey of lake insect life.

Earth Hour at 8:30 pm on Saturday March 25.

Learn more about the stars, night life and light pollution.
Learn more about the stars, night life and light pollution.

View the night sky with Valentine Seymour and Alice Sheppard from University College London. Celebrate “Earth Hour” and measure light pollution. Take part in Citizen Science recording the night sky.

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Burgess Park Earth Hour leaflet 

banner for Earth Hour 2017

Earth Hour
Around the globe, millions of people, businesses, and landmarks set aside an hour to host events, switch off their lights, and make noise for climate change action.

Find out more about Earth Hour.