This is a community website for the Friends (and others) of The Lambeth Walk Open Space. The Friends welcome new members whatever their financial or residence status, but local people who use, look at or enjoy our park regularly will get most out of our organisation. Anyone who would like to contribute to the Friends or this blog, please get in touch via the email link (at right, below). We are currently spending nearly £200,000 on the important basics like fence, hedge, play area and path works

Wednesday, April 20, 2005


City Gardener, Matt James, applies his green fingers to the new Lambeth Walk Open Space Doorstep Green

Matt James, Channel 4’s City Gardener, will be joining local residents and Trees for Cities’ volunteers in Lambeth Walk Open Space Doorstep Green on Saturday 2nd April for a community planting day that will transform this valuable open space. Trees for Cities and the Friends of Lambeth Walk Open Space are inviting all members of the community to come and help out with the planting of more shrubs and trees; there will also be face painting, music, planting workshops and refreshments for all those taking part. The event will run from 11am until 3pm and everyone is welcome. All tools and equipment will be provided and people are advised to wear stout boots and waterproofs!

The project aims to involve the local people in regenerating the park through tree planting and landscaping. Local residents are being encouraged to participate in a variety of activities and events that will take place at the park throughout the project. These will include workshops, public planting days with live music and refreshments and consultation events. In addition local schools will be encouraged to use the site for a range of educational activities to introduce young people to local environmental issues.

This project has been made possible through funding support from the Biffaward, the Countryside Agency, the London Borough of Lambeth, the ERM Foundation and Spirit Advertising. Biffaward is an environment fund managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, which utilises landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services.

Graham Simmonds of Trees for Cities, says: "Lambeth Walk is a rare green space close to Waterloo – this is an area with high levels of traffic pollution lacking in green space that desperately needs more trees. Our aim is to involve local people in a much needed improvement that will create a wonderful green space where people can relax and play, thereby making a difference to all those who live, work or simply pass through the area. “

Diana Braithwaite, Chair of the Friends of Lambeth Walk Open Space says: “The refurbishment and improvement of Lambeth Walk Open Space is a culmination of 5 years endeavour by the Friends of Lambeth Walk Open Space and the local community. It’s been a remarkable journey from saving this much treasured open space from undesirable development to realising with the help and support of the Countryside Agency, Trees for Cities and the London Borough of Lambeth - an open space that the local community deserves.”

Cllr Charles Anglin, Princes Ward Councillor (Liberal Democrats) and Chair of Lambeth Walk Open Space Doorstep Green Steering Group says: “This is wonderful, this is one more step towards making the open space the park everyone wants it to be.”

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