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Friends of Burgess Park win Heritage Lottery Fund support
The Friends of Burgess Park have received £51,500 from the Heritage
Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project “Burgess Park: The Bridge to
Nowhere?” exploring the history and unusual development of Burgess Park
in Southwark. Led by volunteers from the local community, the project
will enable local people to find out more about how Burgess Park has
been created out of the urban landscape over the last sixty years. The
project launches at the May Fair on Saturday, 18th May followed by more
events during the summer. Read the press release.
Apply for Freelance heritage project co-ordinator position The Friends of Burgess Park are
seeking a Heritage Project Co-ordinator to manage our varied programme
of activities and events funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. You will
need experience of delivering high quality history/heritage activity and
interpretation, community-based activity and working with volunteers. Closing date for applications Friday 31 May 2013. Immediate start on appointment. More information about the heritage project co-ordinator role and application details.
Pictures below from a previous Dig the Park event near the Glengall Wharf Community Garden laying new woodchip paths. Many thanks to all who joined in.
Native hedging project Are you interested in growing native hedging plants for use in Burgess Park? Native hedges provide cover, food, pollen and nectar and nesting sites for wildlife. They link different habitats allowing wildlife to move around the park and will provide beautiful and interesting screening when incorporated into the park boundaries. More information about the hedging project
Burgess Park Revitalisation - what's happening
Burgess Park forums Are you passionate about Burgess Park? Do you think there are things that can be improved or do you have a brilliant idea that you’d like to suggest? Later this month the Burgess Park director will be chairing a series of forums on sport and play, arts and events, volunteering and biodiversity to give you an opportunity to keep up to date on happenings in the park and also put forward your opinions and suggestions. Further information about the Burgess Park forums and dates are on the Southwark website.
BMX The build of the track has now gone out to tender and work will commence in the spring to be completed by summer 2013. If you have any questions please contact Ruth Miller.
Chumleigh Gardens The World Gardens were created in 1992 and consist of the Mediterranean, Oriental, Afro-Caribbean, Islamic and English gardens. John Wade, Burgess Park Director and Mark Cox, the head gardener have now started a programme of redesigning the English Garden with a new planting scheme that they feel is in keeping with the past and reflects the botanical heritage of Chumleigh Gardens.
To celebrate the Jubilee a rare black poplar tree has been planted in Burgess Park, between Old Kent Road entrance/lake. The Lord Lieutenant for London and Sir David Attenborough presented a tree to all London boroughs.
Picture Burgess Park competition organised by the Friends of Burgess Park.
park is undergoing a major transformation - the aim of the
competition is to help record what Burgess Park means to locals and how
we are affected by the changes, collecting the best images showing
Burgess Park as it is now, as it develops and what it will become.
are inviting all local photographers - pro and amateur, old and young -
to send pictures and/or short films (max 2 minutes); we'll also be
organising a series of community events to mark key moments in the
We started with the theme of 'Our memories' and the other suggested themes are: nature, sport and play, art and the future.
e-mail subject line becomes the title of the blog post so it is best to
be descriptive (e.g. subject line: Memory: an autumn morning); and any
text you put in the body of the e-mail becomes the body of the blog
post - it's a good idea to put a bit of 'blurb' with each post to give
them context (e.g. This is a picture of the sun rising over Burgess
Park on a cold October morning - it made me think of the memory theme
as it took me back to cold winter of last year)
We have extended the project into 2013 and we hope to hold an exhibition later this year.
Burgess Park in pictures
from top: pictureburgesspark.com : Alberto Alvaro Marc Green hello-flower.com andinmyhandsacamera.com (follow the links to see the big picture)
Video diary of Burgess Park food project event on 21st May 2011.
Latest newsletter from the food project about the £46,000 grant received from Community Spaces.
The Burgess Park Food Project
The Burgess Park Food Project has opened a new community garden in Burgess Park. On the site of Glengall / Glengall
Wharf at the top of the Surrey Canal Walk, a group has been
established to run the project.
The aim of the group and the garden is to promote healthy, local and
fresh food, and will be a growing project open to all, a place to learn
and share skills related to growing, food, permaculture, sustainability
and related subjects.
More information can be found on these sites.
Burgess Park Food Project
pictureburgesspark.com Follow the link to see the entries in the Friends of Burgess Park community photografathon.
Friends of Burgess Park meetings 2013
Our regular meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday of the month from 7-9pm at the Burgess Park Community Sports Ground on Cobourg Road, SE5
Meetings coming up at the Community Sports Centre, Cobourg Rd, SE5 Tuesday, 7 May