Update

Nearly a month on from our last post and we’re pleased to say that things have moved on a lot.  Seed that was sown between 18th and 23rd of February has germinated and you can see the fine lines of grass over the Winterville site. The photo below was taken on the 12th March 2019. As of today (22nd March) there has been a lot further growth, however the image we took today is blurry.   The grass will begin to cover more ground, as the roots underneath spread under the soil and new grass grows.   The rain at the beginning of March seems not to have impacted negatively on the grass germination and with warmer sunnier days coming in the next couple of weeks we anticipate grass will only flourish further.   There is one area over towards Long Pond that is still to be sown with grass seed.  This is an area where it is though there is underground spring or broken pipe as it is consistently in areas boggy when it rains.  This is often an indication of the high water table under the surface.  However you can see issues on the ground condition both sides of the fence in this area.   It is anticipated early next week the seed will be sown and we’ll see germination of the seed and grass growth in the coming 2 to 3 weeks.    The fence line is likely to be brought down at the start of April with only smaller areas fenced off where we still require further time to nurture the grass growth.   The...

Clapham Common – Winterville reinstatement – Phase 2 – Part 2

Clapham common – Winterville reinstatement – Phase 2 – Part 2   It has been just over 3 weeks since the last news post and a lot has taken place on the Winterville site.   Slow release fertiliser has been used across all of the site Sections of top soil have been spread out Seed has been sown Sunshine has shone and will continue to shine   On Monday 18th February  through to Saturday 23rd of February  grass seed was sown.  The contractors used a disc seeder which slits the top surface of the ground, places seed in and then rolls the soil over the top of the seed is very close lines as well as releasing a portion of seed over the surface to fall in-between the lines.  They undertake this action in 2 or 3 directions to ensure a density of coverage.   insert photo here – attached   The seed will take around 2 or 3 weeks to germinate and break through the surface.  Once it germinates the root systems also spread out and begin to sprout shoots – thus filling in the gaps between the rows the seeds were laid in.   Seed needs temperatures of around 5 degrees to germinate and as you can see here the long range forecast is looking perfect for grass to grow.  The slow release fertiliser in the ground is also going to really help boost growth.   Winterville and EventLambeth will be doing regular visits to monitor the ground, the grass and the fence line.   What is really going to help is making sure the fence isn’t...

Brand new shoots of grass – hooray!

  Although the long hot summer has been wonderful for use all, the grass across all our parks and commons have struggled. The last event on Clapham Common for the summer events season was SW4.  They left site on Friday 31st August but the contractors, Talbots, were on the event site from Thursday 30th August starting the reinstatement work.  They began with Grass Harrowing – this is where they scrape the surface lightly and break the top soil and any mud that has accumulated and lift up the grass.  Then they vertidrained the site– this is the process where a drum with tines on it that they roll over the ground and create series of holes in the ground.  This works to de-compact the ground and helps get air and water to the roots.  A few days later they came back and fertilised and disc-seeded.  This is a machine which has a blade the cuts a shallow channel which seed is pumped into and then a roller pushes the soil back over the top.  The majority of the event site was disc seeded 1 way and where there were areas of greater impact form summer events Talbots then went over these areas a further 2 times.   This process also leaves some seeds on the top of the ground and often where they have lifted the rollers to make a turn what is left in the pipes falls out onto the top of the ground.  These areas are evident by the clusters of birds.  The picture below is of the disc seeder on at work on Brockwell Park.   The...

Streatham Common Reinstatement Update

EventLambeth and Lambeth Landscapes met with representatives from the Friends of Streatham Common to look at the common and areas for reinstatement. The main area of damage from Circus Zyair has been levelled and a large amount of soil (50:50 mix sand and soil) has been brought onsite to re-level the area and assist with the re-seeding.  The Lambeth Landscapes team were spreading the soil yesterday and will be following with re-seeding today.  The areas that fall outside of this main impact will be filled by hand. The cost for the reinstatement has been met in the entirety by Circus Zyair. There are also some other areas on the Common that haven’t recovered from previous reinstatement as we would have hoped so a separate company will be coming onsite to vertidrain, surface dress and re-seed key areas. They will do this once the Funfair leaves site. Bensons Funfair will be arriving onsite on Monday.  They have re aligned their site plan to avoid those areas that have recently been instated and will also have track mats down along agreed vehicle routes.  A member of EventLambeth staff will be onsite to meet them when they arrive to ensure that these provisions are in...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all at EventLambeth

If you’re in Lambeth over the festive season and looking for something to do there’s a whole host of activities taking place: Take a Walk in One of our Parks | Lambeth Parks Lambeth has a host of beautiful Parks and Open Spaces from Streatham Common, to Norwood Park to Old Paradise Gardens, why not get out and about over Christmas and take a festive stroll through one of our beautiful green spaces? Open every day over the holidays Open Daily | Link Winter Festival | Southbank Centre Get your fill of sparkling entertainment this Christmas at Winter Festival, stroll through wooden chalet markets filled with festive food, drink, gifts and treats Until 25th January (Closed Christmas Day) | Link Christmas Market | Pop Brixton Last minute Christmas shopping? Pick up a unique gift your loved ones will treasure for years to come at the Pop Brixton Christmas Market 11am – 6pm | Until 24th December | Link Let’s Eat Christmas | Mursell Hall, Stockwell Come along to Lets Eat at Mursell Hall in Stockwell on Christmas Day to help serve guests.  Please contact the organisers or if you would like to donate items for care packages. 12 – 4pm | Christmas Day | Link Boxing Day Tango | Southbank Centre Enjoy an afternoon of Argentinean tango with a class, social dancing and performances. With DJ and live music, join in and extend the holiday spirit through dance 1pm | Boxing Day | Link Bensons Funfair | Windrush square Festive fun for the kids to enjoy, children’s rides and funfair attractions on Windrush Square 11am – 8pm | Until 2nd...

Reinstatement to Brockwell Park and Streatham Common

We wanted to let local residents and Park users know what is happening on Brockwell Park and Streatham Common.  Following the recent events that have taken place and the unseasonably wet weather during June. Brockwell Park Despite precautions set in place by the organisers of the Found Festival the area around the copse has suffered some damage during the build and de-rig of this event. EventLambeth and the Lambeth Parks team have been working closely to assess the reinstatement required and ensure that it took place as soon as possible.  Some of that work has now taken place but the ground needs to dry out before more can be done to prevent further damage occurring. EventLambeth and the Lambeth Parks team have met with the organisers of SUNFALL and the Lambeth Country Show to look at ground conditions and any additional precautions that are required to protect the areas that have been reinstated and prevent further damage to the park. It has come to light that there are several areas of stagnant water where the grounds have not been able to drain sufficiently after heavy rainfall and a decision has been made following several assessments with both Lambeth Parks and EventLambeth to ensure the safety of the public that the site area for the Sunfall event taking place on the 9 July will move to cover a new footprint. This footprint will result in the footpath from Herne Hill Gate up to Brockwell Hall being inaccessible during the hours of 09:00 until park closure at approximately 21:00 on Saturday 9 July. The footpath will remain open during all other...