Build a picture of Lordship Rec Biodiversity

There is a phone app available, iNaturalist ( , that allows you to identify and post information and photos of wildflowers, trees and wildlife in your local green space. Get involved and, by using it, we can together build up a picture of the biodiversity of Lordship Rec. This is the specific Lordship Rec part of the site.

People Need Parks and Friends Anniversary

The Friends of Lordship Rec are 20yrs old in June this year. For the past 20 years we have grown our membership and active volunteering and totally transformed our park from the neglected, anti-social wilderness it was in 2001 to the vibrant, popular and loved park it is today with its beautiful river, orchard, meadows, increased biodiversity, cycling and exercise facilities and its fantastic community building, Lordship Hub.

On 26th June (Covid restrictions permitting) from 1-5pm, we are co-organising with the Council a large community festival in the Rec called People Need Parks, which will include sports activities, dance and music performance, food and drink, children’s activities and pony rides, nature walks and stalls and workshops.

Put the date in your diary!

Lordship Hub and Park Volunteers Picnic, Sunday 6th June, 12-4pm

At the back of the Hub.

To coincide with national Volunteers Week we will be celebrating the voluntary efforts of those who help make the Hub and the Park such great community spaces. The Hub depends on a range of fantastic people contributing their time in all kinds of ways – for the cafe, office, and Board, and helping with activities and publicity. As we prepare for full re-opening soon let’s take a moment to get together to appreciate each other and enjoy one another’s company.

This month is also the 20th Anniversary of the Friends of Lordship Rec [50 park users attended the launch meeting in the Broadwater Community Centre on June 11th 2001]. So we will hold a short session during the picnic (2-3pm) to note the occasion!

All volunteers welcome – you are invited to bring some food to share.

Called by the Lordship Hub Co-operative – contact . Supported by the Friends of Lordship Rec


  • Here’s the report of our April meeting:   FLR Mins 9th May 21 pdf
  • We will also be celebrating our 20th anniversary by supporting a major People Need Parks event with activities all over the Rec on Saturday June 26th.

Monthly Friends meeting 9th May

Friends of Lordship Rec General open meeting Sunday 9th May at 2pm on zoom

All supporters are welcome to attend our monthly meeting online to share news and views about Lordship Rec, and find out how to get actively involved in the group and volunteering.

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 847 9177 9854    Passcode: 88he2T   (if needed)

Please read this very useful update from last month’s meeting:

Walk on the wildside

Clear your mind of worries with a walk on the wildside in Lordship Rec with other people and focus on the beauty of nature that surrounds us. Slow down and take a walk through the woods and the orchard and take in the river banks and the wildlife lake and notice the wildflowers and wildlife.
Friends of Lordship Rec are leading a walk on Friday 14th at 11am, meeting at the Downhills Park Road gate by the woodland area to mark Mental Health Awareness Week. The walk is likely to last between 1-1.5 hours.

Please email if you would like to join as numbers will be kept low.

For other activities throughout the week see:

Friends 20th Anniversary

This year in June the Friends of Lordship Rec will have been in existence for 20 years. During that time we have been at the forefront of major changes and improvements in the Rec and helped transform it from a neglected lonely place to a popular park with lots of beautiful natural and play/sport facilities.

The friends have built up volunteering in the park and there are now groups involving lots of local residents, looking after the orchard, the woodland, the meadows, the lake and the spinney.

If we are permitted we will be holding lots of fun activities in the Rec on June 26th to celebrate our birthday. Keep an eye on the website and facebook for more information.

Friends meeting

Sunday 11th April 2pm

Online by zoom – 

Come and join us to hear updates and share latest news and views about Lordship Rec and community activities there.

We welcome everyone who loves the park and wants to see continuing improvements – and a strong Friends Group making a difference.

Find out how you can join in!

Downhills Shelter Tragedy – new film

This short documentary pays respects to those local residents who were tragically killed in what was Tottenham’s largest single death-toll throughout the Second World War.

Early on during the London ‘Blitz’ on 19th September 1940 at 10.30pm, the ‘Downhills’ Air-Raid Shelter located underground at the southern end of Lordship Rec took a direct hit by a bomb from a German war plane. Around 2-300 people were inside at the time. It is believed that, as well as the 42 known victims (including some in houses by the shelter), dozens more died.

Local people and emergency services helped to rescue as many as possible, and people around the park put up the wounded and shocked in their homes.

The terrible  incident then faded into memory.

In the 2000s a member of the Friends of Lordship Rec, Ray Swain, did extensive research to uncover the full details of what had happened, and to track down survivors and families of those who had died.

In 2010 the Friends held a commemoration ceremony at the site, with survivors, family members and various dignitories. The Friends then appealed for public donations to build a memorial with a plaque listing all those known to have died in the tragedy. That memorial can be seen by the woodland.