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

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.

People support parks.

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Campaigners rallying against development

Last week over 150,000 people have taken part in a consultation, organised by campaigning group 38 Degrees, on how we use our parks – and why we love them – and over 260,000 have signed a petition calling for our parks to be protected.

In the next few weeks the committee of MPs looking into the problems facing our parks will read through these responses, and come up with recommendations for what to do next. Thanks to this, they’ll be under no illusion that people across the UK care about our parks and green spaces.

You can see a full copy of the report online.

In addition we have sent a submission directly to the parliamentary committee, outlining our opinions on the importance of our public parks and their benefits. At present local councils do not have a statutory obligation to provide them! A situation a national campaign is endeavouring to change.

New life for derelict space?

Derelict site of former Maze.

Derelict site of former Maze.

Where there used to be a pleasant Maze now stands an empty waste! The Maze was sacrificed so that easy access could be provided to construct the five new restaurants. Go to our Queens Garden campaign page to learn more about how this happened. Now Bromley council is deciding what to replace this wasteland with. It is proposed that a rustic ch ildren’s playground will be built here. Unfortunately intuBromley, who currently manage the shopping centre, are only willing to contribute £50k towards this, despite them gaining a valuable site for their multi-million pound development.This sadly is not much money for a really exciting playground worthy of this site. Four companies submitted proposals for this site. The best design, of a poor bunch, ŵas preferred by a local panel and it is hoped that the Bromley councillors will make their decision soon, so that this eyesore is no more.

Mill Pond working party

Cutting back hedge.

Cutting back hedge.

On Sunday 4th October Thames21 led the first working party of the autumn. Previously we were constrained by nesting birds. About ten volunteers cleared some undergrowth from paths and other key areas. Also the water level was temporarily lowered to increase water speed and so help to clear some silt around the weir. The next working party will take next month.