Spring celebrated!

Beltane cross found in Bromley Palace Park (aka Civic Centre)

Beltane cross found.

During a recent walk by our group we came across these unusual objects adjacent to the Grade 2 listed Pulhamite garden feature in Bromley Palace Park (aka Civic Centre Grounds). This included a ‘St.Brigid’s Cross’ celebration of spring. Let us hope that the weather proves otherwise!

Learn more about St.Brigid’s Cross HERE

Learn more about Bromley Palace Park HERE

Parks parliamentary report issued

Flower bed in Church House Gardens

A parliamentary committee enquiring into the status of public parks in England has now issued its report. It recognises the importance of our parks and that they are at a critical point due to financial and planning pressures.

A few selected comments from the report are given below –

“They provide opportunities for leisure, relaxation and exercise, but are also fundamental to community cohesion, physical and mental health and wellbeing, biodiversity, climate change mitigation, and local economic growth.”

“However parks are at a tipping point, and failure to match their value and the contribution they make with the resources they need to be sustained could have severe consequences.”

“Planning policy, particularly as a result of pressures to increase housing supply, may not always give enough priority to parks and green spaces, or to other elements of our green infrastructure.”

The full report can be found HERE

Martins Hill Lodge

Martin's Hill Lodge as it is now fenced off

Martins Hill Lodge as it is now fenced off

The old Lodge on Martins Hill has been sold again and the new owner intends to restore it into a habitable home. Following on from an earlier planning permission, further details have been submitted (Ref: 15/01561/FULL1) showing proposed external finishes. Details can be found on the council online planning page

We look forward to the sympathetic restoration, and occupation, of this local landmark, which has sadly been empty and derelict for many years.

Views opened up

Bramble cleared to open this view.

Bramble cleared to open up this view.

Thanks to the local idVerde team extensive areas of invasive brambles have been cut back on the lower slopes of Martins Hill. This has both opened up views across the Queens Mead toward Shortlands, and created space for other plants including Broom (after which Bromley is named). This is part of our ongoing objective to increase the biodiversity of this area. For more about this go to Martins Hill page

Proposed design for new Queens Garden playground

Drawing of proposed new playground for Queens Garden

Proposed new design.

We have been passed this ‘visualisation’ of the proposed design for the new playground in Queens Garden. This would replace the current barren building site resulting from the restaurants development. In the foreground there is a small reference to the maze, that was previously on this site, picked out in wooden battens. This has yet to be approved by Bromley council. While this design is very much limited by the reported £10k funding, provided by intuBromley, we hope that if implemented this will provide a safe area for children to play in.

 

Another fast food outlet in Queens Garden

Photo of cappuccino kiosk

Creperie kiosk

We have recently been notified that another food outlet will be opening in Queens Garden, early in 2017. A mobile kiosk, selling crepes, and coffee, is due to be open at weekends in this park. We understand that it will be located on hard standing area near the north-west exit from the shopping centre.

It follows on from the major development of fast food shops at the other end of this area. We await to see the impact, if any, that this makes on this green space.