PLANTING DAY: The square in the centre of Slade Gardens
11:00am Saturday 3rd December 2016

We will plant a hedge along the temporary wooden fence separating the Nature Trail from the rest of the park. We expect that in two years' time the temporary fence will be taken down. We will also add to the planting under the trees in the Nature Trail. If you have any shade loving plants you want to donate, they will be very welcome.

The planting will be followed by a drink at the Crown and Anchor.

JUNE 2016

We will hold the annual AGM of the Friends on Tuesday 21 June at 7:00 pm at Slade Gardens Adventure Playground. Please come and join us.

By way of an update, a big thank you to SPRA for the donation to the work in the park and to the Crown and Anchor who donated to proceeds of a keg of beer to our first planting day in December.

As previously mentioned we applied for funding from the newly established Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme. This is financed by money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in England, Wales and Scotland and were successful in our application. This additional funding allowed us to extend our planting to include new varieties and areas, combined with some very fine Acers, sure to create an autumn palette. Future plans include building out the small wildflower meadow and a bee project in collaboration with a local school. All in all, we planted more than 400 plants over three Saturdays, involving a great cohort of volunteers, chased down with a beer or two at the Crown and Anchor. The plants are thriving in the cool and wet Spring. There is some temporary fencing in the park around the central area and we are adding a temporary fence to safeguard the wildflower meadow. These fences will be taken down when no longer required.

Council cutbacks recently threatened the security of the park and all the progress to date, with a decision to cease locking the gates at night. After plenty of local interest, including police consultation, Lambeth has decided instead, to include Slade Gardens on their list of parks that will continue to benefit from this service. Additional Lambeth cutbacks are planned and have prompted us to further develop our project to take over the future management of the park. Business plans are afoot as well as potential collaboration with the Slade Gardens Adventure Playground, which has been of invaluable help in our efforts to date.

We were also very pleased to learn that there are some monies remaining form the 106 funds and hope to persuade Lambeth to use them toward our future infrastructure projects. The park is without water at present and rather vulnerable to traffic racing along the main path. We aim to address these and a number of smaller upgrades.

At the AGM we will consider merging the Friends of Slade Gardens into the corporate structure of the Slade Gardens Adventure Playground. This move is driven by our joint objectives for the local community and our expectation that we can have a bigger impact together.

Great News

The Friends of Slade Gardens has been shortlisted for a grant from "Bags of Help".

The grant will help us in our project started in early December to plant more trees and improve hedges in various parts of the park. Please join us for our next planting day on 27th February at 10 am. We will plant 15 trees and improve hedging and planting areas along the south eastern fence and south western wall of the park. We will also add mulch to all the planting carried out to ensure that our plants stay weed free and need less watering in the months to come.

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 - all raised from the 5p bag charge. Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco's 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 27 February until 6 March on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards.

Please vote for our plans to further improve Slade Gardens and help us put with the planting!

Bags of Help website

2016 Planting Days - Saturday 13th February and Saturday 27th February

Please join us from 10:00am, at the park's central space. On 13th February we will concentrate on shrub planting in the Central Space and along the western edge. On 27th February we will plant trees completing the master plan tree planting and continue on the hedges.

Planting Day - Saturday 5th December 2015

On a very windy Saturday morning, 24 of us gathered in the park and planted four trees and some 150 hedging roses and shrubs, repairing the hedges along Robsart Street. We also added to the planting in the new central area and augmented existing planting in two areas. This followed a planting day in October when we repaired hedges in the centre of the park with yellow Firethorn.

Thank you to everybody who helped out and all those who donated to the planting effort and a special thanks to the Crown and Anchor who donated the proceeds of a keg of beer and the team at Barcham Trees, from whom we obtained all the trees we planted this year. In 2016 we expect to see an evolution in the management of the maintenance of the park. This will require a great deal of help from everyone.

(click either of the above images to see a photograph of the roses that we planted)

Park Locking Service by Lambeth

Attached to this notice is an e mail we have received, which highlights the financial pressure Lambeth is facing and the likely cut back in support for parks. From the e mail it appears that Lambeth may stop locking Slade Gardens overnight. If this becomes a reality we will need to work out our own solution to this issue.

Gardening Day

10th October 2015, 11am. Meet outside the Adventure Playground

May 2015

We will hold the annual AGM of the Friends on Tuesday 19th May at 7:00 pm at Slade Gardens Adventure Playground. Please come and join us. This is an important event, especially given the imminent reduction in council services for parks maintenance.

March 2015

Work in the park is ongoing. All the paths have now been laid out and the mounds, which will form part of the playable landscape have been laid out. The expectation is that the works will be finished at the end of April.

February 2015

Tree Planting Day
On the last grey Saturday in February, 20 local people volunteered to help prepare Slade Gardens for the better weather to come. Together we planted 12 trees, three beds of roses and added mulch to planting done by the Friends last spring. Thanks to everyone for your donations for the trees and roses and help on what was a really fun day. It's really nice to meet everyone else who uses the park and makes it feel like more of a community. Every time we walk through the park we'll know that we helped make it look great! It was also good to see lots of us city-dwellers, including the kids, learn a bit more about plants, and getting our hands dirty! We definitely felt that we deserved the drink in the Crown and Anchor afterwards, and vowed to help out again. A special thank you to Joe Lewis Lambeth Project Officer and the contractor from Loughman for digging out the tree pits and for being there to help on the day. The council will plant its share of trees over the next few weeks.

Tree Watering
We'll be looking for your help during the year to water the trees, making sure they get off to a good start. We will be holding a tree watering event every first Saturday at 11:15 am, meeting at the Stockwell Park Road entrance.

December 2014

The second phase of the Slade Gardens regeneration will start in January 2015 in the form of a Nature Trail, outdoor fitness equipment, pathways and a shared space using the £393K S106 funding currently available to Slade Gardens.

October 2014

In February 2012 the Stockwell Park Residents Association (SPRA) suggested that they would like to plant trees in Slade Gardens to commemorate the Queens Diamond Jubilee. At the time it was not possible to plant commemorative trees since some 50 trees were being offered to Slade Gardens from Community Trust Housing (CTH). After a change of CTH Project Manager and Lambeth Project Officer in 2013, the trees soon came off of the agenda leaving FOSG to make our own efforts to raise money for trees. So far we have raised £2,200 for our tree appeal, which will buy approximately 11 trees. The Friends would like to thank those who have donated money as this will make a great difference to the park. Planting will take place at the end of February 2015.

We will need help next year to keep our new trees watered and any help with this would be welcomed.

May 2014

Over the last winter we have planted a native hedge along the Stockwell Park Road entrance; recovered the existing planting and carried out additional planting in the children's under-5's playground; planted hedging roses along the Lorn Road entrance. The Brixton Edge permaculture group has established planters and hedging in the south-east corner of the Park.

March 2014

The secretary of the Friends of Slade Gardens (FOSG), contacted Wates construcion who are currently constructing the new Wayland House, to ask if they could remove the concrete paving stones from the North side corner of the park with the aim of planting some roses and infill with hedging plants. The Wates construction team sprung into action removing all the slabs and concrete and were instrumental in helping FOSG achieve our goal of holding a community planting day on Saturday 15th March 2014. Thank you to the Wates construction team for their part in helping to look after Slade Gardens for the benefit of all users and to Roman for all the time and energy he put into the project.

The Friends held their AGM in March 2014 with a very disappointing turnout of just 8 people attending, partly due to the, on the night, re-location of the meeting from St Michael's church hall to a local residents home on Stockwell Park Road and not enough advertising. Thank you to Martin Kenyon who opened up his home in order for us to hold the meeting. The Friends are currently looking to co-opt key committee roles including a treasurer, a fundraiser.


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