Some events in Lordship Rec in July

Saturday 9th
Youth FestSports and activities for children and young people
1pm – 5pm all over the Rec
Organised by the Lordship Sports and Activities Consortium

Sunday 17th (3rd Sunday of every month)
Friends of Lordship Rec Practical Volunteering – Help with simple practical work around the Rec
Meet at 11am in the Hub Cafe

Tuesday 19th
Friends General Meeting for all Park Users
to share News and Views about the Park
6.30pm to 8.30pm in the Hub Community Room
Note: This is usually the first Sunday of every month. It has been rescheduled so as not to clash with the annual Go Wild In The Rec event last Sunday, which was excellent!

Tuesday 26th (4th Tuesday of every month)
Lordship Wildlife Group Meeting – Discuss ideas and plans to encourage wildlife in the Rec.
Short meeting followed by an optional task in the Rec.
2pm to 4pm in the Hub Cafe

Sunday 31st (Usually last Sunday of every month)
Dog Club Gathering
11.30am to 12.30pm by the Cafe area

For more information…
– check out the park’s noticeboards, which are regularly updated by the Friends
– pick up various flyers from the Friends’ info table in the Hub
– see our website
– check for activities in the Hub



Well over 1,000 attend Community Festival!

On Saturday September 20th there was a lovely village atmosphere as crowds turned out to enjoy and join in a range of exciting, enthralling, informative, lively, fun and empowering community activities in various parts of the Rec. This year’s event – on World Parks Day 2014! – was once again organised by and for local people. It showcased the wonderful talent in Tottenham, and the efforts and determination of so many groups to promote community spirit, initiative and empowerment.

Activities included…
– One World Folk Music at the outdoor Shell Theatre stage & in the Hub: Music and performances from all different cultures, coordinated by the Shell Performing Arts Collective. There was also a procession led by the Stow Caledonian Pipe Band.
– Tottenham Flower & Produce Show: Lots of impressive and artistic entries (local fruit and veg, plants, crafts etc), and many prizes handed out. Coordinated by Back2Earth and members of the Friends of Lordship Rec
– Dogs Day Out: In the main field there was a Fun Dog Show and Dog Agility Course, plus free micro-chipping, tag engraving and info for dog owners. Coordinated by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Wood Green Animal Shelter and members of the soon-to-be re-launched Lordship Dog Club.
– Sports Sessions in the main field, including boxing. Organised by Haringey Council’s Leisure Services.
– Free gym induction, in the Broadwater Farm Community Centre
– Harmony Gardens: Informative tours of the community food-growing garden, organised by Back2Earth’s Head Gardener
– Open House information about the environmental excellence of the new Eco-Hub building. Organised by the Hub designers, Ann Thorne Architects..
– Special Guest Cafe(s) at the Eco-Hub: Delicious fresh meals jointly laid on by Back 2 Earth and Simba Organics
– Community stalls: A magnificent spread of info/crafts/products/fundraising/food stalls from local community groups, campaigns and traders
– Ad hoc wheels fun on the Loop track and in the freestyle area
– Consultation with young people about the Adventure Playground, organised by Haringey Play Association

… and more!

What a great way to celebrate World Parks Day 2014!

Lordship Fest – 20th Sept 2014!

Lordship Rec, N17
Saturday 20th September 2014, 12-6pm
– One World Folk Music at the Shell & Hub (By the Shell Performing Arts Collective)
– Tottenham Flower & Produce Show (By Friends of Lordship / Back 2 Earth)
– Dogs Day Out in the main field – Fun Dog Show / Free Micro-chipping and Tag Engraving / Dog Agility Course (By Battersea Dogs and Cats Home / Wood Green Animal Shelter)
– Sports Sessions in the main field (By Council’s Leisure Services) + free gym induction in the Broadwater Farm Community Centre
– BMX Action: trials and session on the Loop track (By Tottenham Bike Club)
– Harmony Gardens: Informative tours of the community food-growing garden (By Back 2 Earth’s Head Gardener)
– Open House tours of the Eco-Hub (By the Hub Co-op / Architects) and Cafe at the Eco-Hub (By Back 2 Earth)
– Youth consultation by the Loop,adventure playground and freestyle area

Getting active in the Rec!

Friends of Lordship Rec – for all park users
Sunday drop-ins at the Hub, 12-2pm. General meeting first Sunday of each month, 2pm, at Eco-Hub by the lake. All welcome.

Monday walking group
Meet Mondays 9.20am at Downhills Pk Rd entrance. All welcome.

Rockstone Foundation
Regular bikeability events and activities

Parent & Toddler Group
Tues & Thurs 11am-2pm @ Eco-Hub by the lake. All parents/carers and their toddlers welcome. £2/£1 Continue reading “Getting active in the Rec!”

Latest News

River Moselle

The Moselle is Haringey’s river, flowing mostly underground from Muswell Hill to the River Lea at Tottenham Hale. Its new river channel in Lordship Rec was created as part of the regeneration of the whole park in 2011/2012. It replaces the old litter-strewn ditch hidden between the trees. The new flower-lined banks are great for wildlife and look beautiful: see the info-board between the bridges, designed by one of the Friends.


However, as before, the Moselle still suffers from pollution and smells. So now the Council and Thames Water have started implementing a 5-year programme of action to address water quality issues. The problem is that many homes, businesses and other buildings have plumbing misconnections which mistakenly send foul water into the fresh-water drains. These drains then feed into Haringey’s underground streams, including the Moselle. Action is being taken to identify the individual sources of this pollution (50,000 properties written to and 400 misconnections identified so far), and to ensure property owners remedy the misconnections.


To celebrate Haringey’s river, park users produced a Moselle Walk Guide. [See link below] 5,000 have already been distributed to the public and schools etc, and there have been a number of well-attended residents’ walks along the route.

Throughout 2013 a community project, ‘A River Runs Through It’, worked with Friends of Parks Groups, schools and others to spread awareness of the rich history of the Moselle, and to rediscover some of the crafts and products traditionally associated with it. [See links below]

In November 2013, ten volunteers from the Friends of Lordship Rec trained to become regular testers of the water quality. They have formed the Lordship Rec Moselle Group and will work with the park’s User Groups and the Council to promote the Moselle, to ensure our river is gradually cleaned up as far as possible, and is generally well-looked after.

More info about the Group, or to get involved, contact Caroline:
Moselle History and Project:
Moselle Walk Guide:

Latest news!

Public Consultation about the new…

Eco-Hub building and Cafe


Between 12-3pm @ the Hub
Refreshments available in the cafe area


Fill in our questionnaire:

What would you like from the cafe?

What other activities would you like to see in the building?

Lordship Rec Eco-Hub News – October/November 2013

As part of the community-led regeneration of our park, the Eco-Hub has been built for the benefit of the park’s many user groups, and for park users generally.

The community was involved in the design and even helping with the construction. The building has recently won 2 design awards for its community facilities environmentally-friendly design.

There have been some ‘teething problems’

with the works on the building. When the Eco-Hub fully opens it will include a classroom, community room, community office, cafe and toilets.

At the moment it is partly open

The Friends (local park users) are running the Community Room at the back of the building for meetings etc, and the Parent & Toddler Group has open sessions there every Tues/Thurs 11am-2pm. Park user groups have also organised some great events using the whole place. The Friends have set up a special Hub Cooperative and are applying to manage the whole building. Please fill in our Questionnaire!

On Sundays 12-2pm the Community Room is open – please look in!

–       read the info on display and pick up some flyers

–       get information about the range of activities being organised in the Eco-Hub and in the park

–       hang around for a chat

–       children can use the kids toilet

–       have a drink (donations welcome)


Saturday September 14th, 12-5pm

Lordship Rec – 3 great community events!

Lordship Rec Green Fair and Tottenham Flower & Produce Show

Promoting healthy living and eating, and environmental awareness

1pm – 4.30pm

At the Harmony Gardens, Lordship Rec, Broadwater Farm Community Centre, 1 Adams Rd, Tottenham N17 6HE.

– Annual Competition and Show: Vegetables, Flowers, Fruit, Cakes, Home Produce, Handicrafts and Kids Crafts.

Exhibits/entries for the show accepted from 8.30am to 11.30am. Public display from 1pm. Awards ceremony 3.30pm.

– Green Fair: Stalls and activities

Organised by Back 2 Earth: Supported by Friends of Lordship Rec and Sustainable Haringey

Feeling Good in the Rec

Promoting health and well-being

12 – 5pm

In the Eco-Hub (by the lake) and in the Broadwater Farm Community Centre

– Sports Taster Sessions, Healing Therapies, Beauty Treatments, Workshops, Board Games, Community Stalls

Organised by the Women’s Association of Lordship Rec

Lordship Rec Dog Show

12 – 4pm

In Lordship Rec main field

– Tottenham’s Got Talent fun dog show, Free microchipping and tag engraving, Dog Agility course, Veterinary advice

Organised by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, supported by Lordship Rec Dog Club and Wood Green Animal Shelter

Residents’ Walk Along the River Moselle Route – from Markfield Park to Lordship Rec

10am – 1pm

Meet at Markfield Beam Engine, Markfield Park, N15. Walk starts 10.30am.

Haringey’s river, the Moselle, joins the River Lea at Markfield Park, N15 (having flowed throughout the borough from Muswell Hill). It has influenced the geography and history of Haringey. The river is underground for much of the walk route, but there will be stops and talks along the route which includes the High Road (stopping at Coombes Croft library where the river is visible beneath a glass cover in the foyer), through Tottenham Cemetery and on to Lordship Rec where the river has been recently brought above ground and restored with four new bridges amidst wonderful wild flower meadows.

Organised by “A river runs through it” project:

Planning Meetings

There are regular open planning meetings to help coordinate the day and all are welcome to get involved – Fridays 7pm at the Lordship Rec Eco-Hub (by the lake)

All the events are being promoted and supported by The Friends of Lordship Rec (the organisation for all park users) and by the Lordship Rec Users Forum (the stakeholders body for all the park’s user groups and local community organisations)


Friends of Lordship Rec



2pm –  In the Eco-Hub (by the lake)

All park users welcome!

A chance to review what we’ve all achieved together

– and to discuss the next steps for making our park

a fantastic place for the whole community


500 tottenham residents attend the 75th anniversary and re-launch of the nationally-unique Lordship Rec Model Traffic Area
– people of all ages celebrate the past, present and future of cycling

On Saturday 27th July 2013, 500 Tottenham residents and others from further afield – including over 200 children and youth – came to mark the recently-refurbished nationally-unique Model Traffic Area’s on its 75th Anniversary (to the day!), to celebrate the history of cycling, and the future of cycling in Lordship Rec. The event was organised by the local Rockstone Foundation bikeability organisation, the Friends of Lordship Rec, and the Lordship Trax cycling club.

There was a special opening speech from Barbara Leadbitter, aged 82, on how she as a local young girl remembered the creation of the ‘wonderful’ track in 1938 (the first in the world!) and played there ‘all the time’… There then followed speeches from the organisers and finally from the Mayor of Haringey. The red tape was then cut to officially re-launch the Model Traffic Area and its new era as a resource for future generations.

200 cyclists of all ages then made a procession all around the MTA circuit. This was followed by an obstacle course for children, and all who took part received a special medallion and certificate. 2 Dr Bike areas were in operation to help participants get their bikes fixed, and there were 6 related stalls (including Haringey Cycling Campaign, Smarter Travel, and Haringey Sports)

Clifton of Rockstone, and the Mayor, cut the tape to re-launch the MTA

The event also involved the adjacent Eco-Hub building. Inside was:
– display of historic photographs about the Rec, including from the Model Traffic Area throughout the decades since its opening in 1938
– sumptuous food and refreshments
– a cycling related film show

”  Like thousands of others as a child I used to frequent the model traffic area and was sad to see it fall into disrepair. I am very glad that the area has been renovated and I’m honoured to have helped organise the first public event there since the works were completed. In the coming months and years my group plans to work with young people at the site to promote the joys and benefits of cycling to new generations.”
– Ricardo Johnson, Rockstone Foundation

See the incredible news clip of the 1938 opening by the Minister of Transport on July 27th 1938!:

And more historical photos and info:


Hundreds celebrate youth sports in Lordship Rec as ‘QE2’ status plaque is unveiled

On Tuesday April 2nd 2013 hundreds of local youth joined in a range of sports activities in Lordship Rec, Tottenham’s district park. The special event was organised to celebrate the history of youth sports in the park, the thriving range of sports activities there and plans to expand such activities, the re-launch of the recently-improved sports field, and the achievement of Fields In Trust ‘QE2’ protection status for the park for all time*. The events of April 2nd also launched an easter holiday 10-day programme of sports and activities, mainly for young people, in Lordship Rec, April 2nd-12th, co-ordinated by a Community/Council partnership.

The plaque is handed over!

There was a football tournament, 2 touch football and archery to re-launch the sports field, a range of sports activities (including netball, rugby, tennis basketball and athletics) in the adjacent Broadwater Farm Community Centre, and boxing in the new Eco-Hub building. There was also gardening taster sessions in the Harmony Gardens by the Community Centre in which young people were able to plant sunflower seeds to take home in pots. And all to a backing track of music from the nearby Shell Theatre.**

At 1.30pm there was an offical ‘unveiling’ ceremony  for the plaque noting the Fields In Trust ‘QE2’ status for the park, in which Haringey Council’s cabinet member for parks, Cllr Nilgun Canver, formally handed over the plaque to Clasford Stirling of Broadwater United FC and Dave Morris of the Friends of Lordship Rec (see attached photo). The ceremony was attended by over a hundred young people, other members of the public, parks staff, Leisure Services officers, Councillors, members of Lordship Rec user groups and others. Brief speeches by Clasford Stirling and Dave Morris thanked everyone who had worked so hard together over the years to improve the park and organise activities there, and they urged young people to enjoy and treasure the park for years to come.

Afterwards Dave Morris, Chair of the Lordship Rec Users Forum, said:  ” The tremendous progress and improvements made in Lordship Rec are the result of years of  community/Council dedication and partnership-working, backed by access to the additional resources needed to make it possible. We encourage all local residents to come and enjoy the new facilities.”

*  Last summer in recognition of the importance of the sports field and of all the efforts to regenerate the whole park, Lordship Rec was granted ‘QE2’ status by the national ‘Fields In Trust’ organisation, giving it protection for all time as a public green space for sports and activities.  In fact in December 2012 Lordship Rec received a national Runner Up award for the ‘Most Improved’ of the 1,500 QE2 spaces in the country! See the full story below…

** The tournament in the sports field was organised by Broadwater United Sports and Football Academy and Lordship Rec FC, and the plaque unveiling ceremony was organised by the Lordship Rec Users Forum. The activities in the Community Centre and Eco-Hub were organised by a range of sports groups, coordinated by the Lordship Rec Audience Development Officer from Haringey Council. The gardening activities were organised by the Friends of Harmony Gardens.

Background history of the sports field, and ‘QE2’ status for the park

The Lordship Rec sports field is the enclosed area in the north east corner of the Rec. Up to the 1980s it was the playing field of Somerset School (formerly Rowland Hill School). When the old school was demolished to build the Somerset Close housing estate, the Broadwater Farm Youth Association led a successful campaign to protect the field for community use. The community then cleared the field of rubble and adopted it for the youth of Tottenham. Broadwater United Sports and Football Academy (BUSAFA) was set up in 1981 and its teams have used the pitches ever since. Volunteers from BUSAFA, along with staff from the Broadwater Farm Community Centre and the Lordship Rec gardeners, have managed and maintained the field and its pitches.

Over the years many thousands of local youth have played regular football on the field, and over 200 have gone on to semi-professional and professional status. For a few years in the 1980s there were also regular cricket matches organised by the Tottenham Cricket Project.

In 2002, members of Broadwater United and the newly-created Friends of Lordship Rec got together to set up the Lordship Rec Users Forum. The aim was to bring together all the key community groups and partners to work with the Haringey Council Parks Service to develop a community vision and plan for the regeneration and co-management of the whole park. The LRUF has also organised annual community festivals in the Rec. Last September 8,000 residents attended the Lordship Rec ‘re-launch’ festival to celebrate the completion of £4m of lottery-funded improvements throughout the park. This included drainage, re-seeding and border improvements to the sports field itself.

Last summer in recognition of the importance of the playing field and of all the efforts to regenerate the whole park, Lordship Rec was granted national ‘QE2’ status, giving it protection for all time as a public green space for sports and activities.

In fact in December Lordship Rec received a Runner Up award for the ‘Most Improved’ of the 1,500 QE2 spaces in the whole country!

Let’s ensure that the sports field and the park as a whole continue to have a great future serving the people of Tottenham!


Haringey Parks win UK Awards


Awards for the 1,500 ‘QE2’ status parks and playing fields
Awards given at Lords Cricket Ground, 29th November 2012

‘Getting Active’ Park – UK Winner:

‘Most Loved’ Park – UK Joint Runner Up:

Albert Road Recreation Ground, Haringey
Received by Robby and Gianluca (for the Friends of Albert Road Recreation Ground) + Tony and Neil (for the Haringey Parks Service)

‘Most Improved’ Park – UK Joint Runner Up

Lordship Recreation Ground, Haringey
Received by Dave (for the Friends of Lordship Rec) + Clasford (Broadwater United FC) + Luisa (Haringey Leisure Services Project Officer)

Peter Droussiotis, Friends of Albert Road Recreation Ground Chair, said: “Thanks to the combined efforts of FARRG and of our key partners, notably the Pavilion Sports & Café and Haringey Council, and the work of so many dedicated volunteers, and because of the support of the local community, which has championed this park at every opportunity, we have secured yet another important national recognition for our local park. This is a fantastic level of success for a relatively small park in this National competition and feels like a true reflection of the spirit and energy of all those involved. Well done to all.”

Dave Morris, Friends of Lordship Rec, said: ” Lordship Rec went into serious decline after the controversial public service cuts across the country in the 1970s and 1980s, with often just a couple of local community groups (Broadwater United and the Lordship Mother & Toddlers Group) trying to maintain activities there in the 1990s. The Friends of Lordship were set up in 2001, one of around 5,000 Friends groups which have sprung up over the last 15 years across the country to campaign for the resources and management our vital green spaces need. It has taken a colossal effort by local residents in partnership with the Council’s parks service, backed by over £5m of Lottery funding, to rescue and renew Lordship Rec. Now green spaces in Haringey and across the UK face another national financial crisis and we call on the public to join in the continuing efforts to defend, improve and speak up for them all. “

Community Festival ‘re-launches’ Tottenham’s largest park following £5m improvements




8,000 residents attend to celebrate the community-led regeneration of Tottenham’s largest park, and to showcase the talents and interests of Tottenham’s communities

The 2012 Lordship Rec ‘Re-launch’ Community Festival in Tottenham on Saturday 22nd September was a huge success. 8,000 attended the celebration of the new community-led regeneration works in the Recreation Ground, and took part in a dazzling array of free activities for all ages and interests. From 11am to 5pm thousands joined in the sports, arts and crafts, music and dance, history, discussions, browsing of stalls, and other fun and educational activities. As in the previous annual festivals in the Rec, the idea was to showcase the talents and interests of Tottenham’s communities and to promote community spirit. Over 70 local volunteers helped the day go smoothly.

The event was organised and co-ordinated by the Lordship Rec Users Forum**, the community-led stakeholders organisation who have driven forward the successful regeneration of the park over the last 10 years. £5m of construction works over the last 18 mths (£4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund) have resulted in a gorgeous brand-new flower-lined channel for the River Moselle, a new ‘Loop’ bike track and an Environmental Hub building with café and classroom, refurbishment of the Shell Theatre, restoration of the historic and nationally-unique Model Traffic Area, new meadows, flower-beds and tree planting, and general improvements to drainage, paths and entrances. The festival was able to introduce all these new features and facilities to local residents. Continue reading “Community Festival ‘re-launches’ Tottenham’s largest park following £5m improvements”

Lordship Rec Community Festival 2012

Saturday September 22nd, 1-5pm

A wide range of free activities for all ages and interests

Celebrate Our ‘New’ Park

Lordship Rec has been a public park for 80 years. It has boasted many unique features including the nationally reknowned Model Traffic Area plus the Shell Theatre. In 2011-12 major renovation works have taken place bringing these features back to life and adding new ones. We now have a stunning new course for the River Moselle, a state of the art bike track, an innovative ‘eco’ building with cafe, toilets, community room and classroom, and many other natural features.

Come and join in the fun!

Something for Everyone
Activities include:

• Variety of Sports, games and Exercise Tasters and Fun Run in the park and in the Broadwater Farm Community Centre. All for Free! Continue reading “Lordship Rec Community Festival 2012”

River Moselle Walk

Haringey’s ‘Forgotten’ River No Longer A Secret!

Park users produce new pamphlet and organise successful walk to celebrate Haringey’s ‘forgotten’ River Moselle and its new open section in Lordship Rec
– 80 attend residents Walk on Sunday 24th June

To celebrate the launch of the new River Moselle guide and the restoration of the river in Lordship Rec, 80 residents took part in a 6 mile walk on Sunday 24th June along the route of Haringey’s ‘forgotten’ and mostly underground river. The walk was organised by the Haringey Friends of Parks Forum. It started from Queen’s Wood, Highgate at 10.30am (where particpants were able to view one of the Moselle tributaries which starts off as a trickle) and ended at Markfield Park by the River Lea at 4pm. On the way it stopped at many key points to hear about some of the history of the river, its features and its surroundings. Continue reading “River Moselle Walk”