The Friends have been told by the the Council that they will begin tomorrow to close all play areas, outdoor gyms, skate parks, sports areas and paddling pools. So Friends will begin to find these areas locked up and where a fence does not exist a fence being erected around normally unfenced areas e.g. outdoor gyms. We expect all of the fenced sites to be locked tomorrow with temporary fences going up over the next couple of days due to the scale and work involved. Signage will follow later in the week once its produced.
Lordship Hub to close for a while until it is possible to continue serving the park and our communities again
Many people are thinking about what we can all do during this public health crisis to help each other and our communities. ‘What’ and ‘how’ need further discussion everywhere. Many new hyper-local mutual aid and solidarity groups in various streets and neighbourhoods seem to be being formed in the last few days, which is to be welcomed. Also to be welcomed is that the Lordship Rec Hub staff and board members held an emergency meeting on Saturday and agreed to try to stay open for as long as possible to support park users and our communities throughout the crisis. This is just the beginning and the Hub anticipates serious personal, financial and social challenges ahead – they will welcome extra support (more info to follow soon).
For all of us, in every street and block of flats, these are some of the things we can do to help the situation:
– spread good practice based on public health guidelines, regarding hygiene, distancing and advice/health helplines, etc
– encourage people to support each other if vulnerable, or in self-isolation
– try to ensure everyone has access to basic food needs etc
– try to ensure people can look after their kids OK if schools etc close
– try to ensure people who lose wages etc don’t face destitution or any threat of eviction from their homes etc
– support the hard-working and over-stretched emergency workers (eg health staff)
– keep general morale up
This is going to be a massive challenge for everyone. Please look after yourselves and each other.
Dave Morris (Chair, Friends of Lordship Rec)
Sunday 1st March, 2pm
Regular Friends of Lordship Rec Drop in meeting at Lordship Hub. All welcome to chat about the Rec, what has been going on and what will be happening in the future.
There will be lots of activity around the Moselle in the Rec on Tuesday 4th February when Ebsford contractors, supported by Haringey Trust for Conservation (TCV) volunteers, work on removing vegetation and blockages from the channel to help the River flow. The faster the flow that can be achieved, the less silt is deposited. Ebsford , who have been engaged for the next 3 years to assist with the maintenance of the channel will also be applying Siltex, a natural product, which helps silt to break down. To avoid the nesting season the next works are scheduled for September. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Haringey TCV, https://www.tcv.org.uk/london/haringey.
Sunday 2nd February, 1-3pm at Lordship Hub.
Come and find out what the Friends have achieved over the past year and what plans there are for the future. Get involved in maintaining and improving the Rec for all in our community. Refreshments available for free.
PROTECT HARINGEY’S PARKS AND GREEN SPACES
Please can all Haringey residents sign the online petition now!
Follow tw: @FoHaringeyParks #saveharingeyparks
Haringey’s parks are crucial spaces for all local communities. They need to be properly run, but are suffering from a serious lack of funding, staffing and maintenance.
We are calling on the Council to ensure
– safe, attractive, well-managed, well-maintained and well-protected public green spaces for all
– dedicated staffing for each significant park, and a well-staffed parks service
– no inappropriate commercial activities which have a detrimental impact or exclude residents from using their local parks
Why is this important?
All Haringey residents – of all ages and interests – benefit from access to public green spaces for their local community and neighbourhood. But they must be well-run and in good condition in order to provide the many benefits all residents deserve. The parks staff do their best but don’t have the numbers or resources to manage properly.
We need 2,200* people who live, work or study in Haringey to sign up online with a local postcode (your home, workplace or school) by the end of February in order to trigger a debate at the council meeting in March. Please also ask all the local people you know! Please sign up here: https://bit.ly/2QQdMpk or here: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-haringey-s-parks-and-green-spaces
This is a petition from the Haringey Friends of Parks Forum, the umbrella network for the 45 local Friends of Parks groups championing their local green spaces.
@FoHaringeyParks https://twitter.com/FoHaringeyParks #saveharingeyparks
* Note: This supercedes the hard copy version, so anyone who’s already signed up should do so again online.
Sunday, 5th January, 2-3.30pm
At the Hub . All park users welcome to discuss issues and plans to do with Lordship Rec.
Sunday, January 12th, 2-5pm
All are welcome to join in this free traditional celebration of Apple Orchards, given an urban twist. Fun for all the family – lantern-lit procession, live music, singing, mulled cider and non-alcoholic hot Caribbean Sorrel, apple cakes galore, toasting and decorating the Wassail tree, poetry and story telling. Children, come with a pot or pan and something to bang it with for the procession. Come dressed for the weather, and especially waterproof footwear.
2pm Free lantern making workshop in the Hub (children must be accompanied by an adult).
3.15pm Assemble outside The Hub for 3.30pm Procession with lanterns and children banging pots and pans to the Orchard.
4.15-5pm Return to the Hub for storytelling, more food and drink.
For more information 07757333202
Organised by the Friends of Lordship Rec
Saturday 7th December, 1-6pm
Santa’s Grotto, Festive Wreath making workshop, Children’s tree decoration Workshop, Live music, Stalls and Festive Food.