After Lambeth Country Show

The 2019 Lambeth Country Show was yet again a great success.  You can find out more about the weekend here on the Love Lambeth Blog. As the Country Show loads out of the park the  EventLambeth and Lambeth Landscapes are focusing on what work needs to be done to help the ground and grass come back ahead of the busy summer period.   Lambeth Landscapes are on site working on selected areas this week.  They are vertidraining as the first step.  In the picture above you can see the tractor pulls a roller that has spikes on it.  The spikes make holes in the ground surface which  allow air in, which in turn works to decompact the soil and help the grass roots.  The small roller which is dragged behind the spiked roller levels out the ground surface and helps to address areas of rutting.  It’s key this work is done before the ground becomes to dry. Over the coming weeks depending on the weather smaller adhoc work will be done to level out areas and sow grass seed.  However, with hot weather and no rain forecast work on smaller areas might be put off till after September. Looking ahead to Autumn there will be a programme of ground works agreed to address areas across the park that need additional measure to encourage full grass coverage.  We’ll give you more detail on this work closer to the time. Enjoy the...

Mighty Hoopla and Cross the Tracks Community Fund

    Exiting funding opportunity is available for individuals, charities, organisations and local groups that are connect to Brockwell park and its local area. The community fund money was raised from the guestlist contributions of which all attendees of  the guest list must pay in advance of the event, and the profit from the eco glitter stall sales  over the Mighty Hoopla and Cross the Tracks festival. The aim of the fund is to benefit Brockwell Park and the close surrounding areas that are directly impacted by Mighty Hoopla and Cross the Tracks. The fund is managed by Mighty Hoopla and not by Lambeth Council.  The panel in 2019 who will judge and award the funding is made up of event director and a ward Cllr from Herne Hill, Thurlow Park and Tulse Hill wards. You can find out more about the fund and how to apply on their website  www.mightyhoopla.com/community  deadline for applications is 26th July 2019 so be quick. Spread the word!...

Mighty Hoopla and Cross the Tracks – Brockwell Park – Reinstatement update

You might have noticed a trail of sequins and glitter leading to Brockwell Park 2 weekends ago as a sparkling audience made their way to Brockwell Park for the Mighty Hoopla event on Saturday 8th June.  Strong winds and showers could not dampen spirits and a wonderful event was had by all.  Sunday and the first ever Cross the Tracks event was again a huge success. However the challenge came on the Monday as the event was loading out and the rain arrived.  Across the following 6 days as the production team de rigged stages and loaded out rain came and went.  Needless to say there were a lot of wet and tired crew on site. The production team worked long hours and with great care to minimize the impact of the event loading out.  It is a real testament to them that despite 2 months of rain falling in 2 days during their load out they were able to manage the multiple contractors and vehicles to ensure minimal impact. As anticipated the areas where the trackway were laid are the areas where reinstatement work is needed alongside 3 or 4 areas where during load the plant machinery and vehicles impacted.  But no area was badly damaged. The same day the event came off site, the Lambeth Landscapes team began the reinstatement work.  They did isolated areas of chain harrowing to break the surface mud and lift the grass to encourage it to come back.  They then worked across the site to level out areas by breaking up the tyre tracks and ridges.  Then evening out with top soil....

Another successful MoonWalk London

Over 10,000 MoonWalkers gathered on Clapham Common Event Site last Saturday to raise money for Breast Cancer Research.   The big pink tent on the Common was the start and finish point for half and full marathon walking routes through London.  The event raised over £6million in 2018 and it looks like this success will be repeated in 2019. With all those feet and the rain which fell during the build and break periods for the event you might expect to see signs of extensive impact.  On the whole the site is looking good as the photo below shows.  There were 3 key areas where we saw damage and 2 areas where due to the rain surface mud has dried over the grass.  These should over the coming days and with the expected rain and with footfall event out the surface and wash away the surface dirt to allow the grass to return.   However, there is still work to be done on the area where new grass has not spread to create dense coverage along side the jobs to be done to reinstate the site post MoonWalk. Friday 17th May   – Lambeth Landscapes will begin to fill the tent peg holes (fingers cross the rain doesn’t get in the way)     Monday 20th May – Vertidraining – Lambeth Landscapes will undertake a close tine deep vertidrain – this is where the length of the tines is 215mm rather than 175 and they are placed 2/3 inches apart rather than 5.  This will give a more comprehensive coverage at greater depth.  We do this to de-compact the ground...

BBQ Damage on Clapham Common

The Winterville fence removal will be completed today Friday 26th April a few days ahead of schedule and the grass is due for a good cut on Tuesday of next week at the latest. As this area of the common returns we are now faced with new issues. Over the Easter Weekend many people used the area taking advantage of the gaps in the fence line.  What was so disappointing to see is the multiple areas of burnt patches on the grass where disposable BBQ’s had been used.  You can see by the images that the grass has been burnt and killed and what is left if bare patches of soil.  These are attractive area for dog to dig up and holes develop.                                        Lambeth Park By-Laws prohibit the use of BBQ’s for this very reason and comes with a £500.  Here is the LINK  to the parks by-laws.  If you do see someone who looks to be setting up or using a BBQ do let the parks or events officer know.  Here is the phone number to call 020 7926 9000 Thank you for your...