Lordship Rec – past, present and future

We did a talk at the Haringey History Fair at Bruce Castle Museum on behalf of the Friends about the history of Lordship Rec. It went down well, with up to 80 people attending (standing room only!).

We showed our 2007 film about the Rec: http://www.lordshiprec.org.uk/video/ And we circulated the information below explaining how we are bringing history alive through the current regeneration of the Model Traffic Area and Shell Theatre, and the river restoration…

The following is just a rough summary of the history of Tottenham’s largest open space. Apologies if key points missed out, or some facts wrong!
–  Friends of Lordship Rec (2012)

1800s-1900s Downhills manor/estate straddles area – to become Downhills Park and Lordship Rec in the 20th century. Included Moselle River and adjacent ornamental lake (thought to be on the site of a Saxon ‘moat’). Green spaces were also known locally as ‘uplands’, ‘downhills’ and ‘mount pleasant’ at different times.
1910-20 Tower Gardens Estate built. To the south there are allotments + river + marsh + a ‘Broadwaters’ farm
1932 Lordship Rec created by Tottenham Council.
1936
10,000 local people attend Lordship Rec grand opening
1938 Model Traffic Area (MTA), unique in UK, opened.
1940
Downhills Shelter (in southern part of park) suffers wartime bomb direct hit. 40+ local people killed. Continue reading “Lordship Rec – past, present and future”

Big Garden Bird Watch

National Birdwatch Survey open to all!

Saturday 28th January, 12 noon, Downhills Park – meet at the cafe
Sunday 29th January, 12 Noon, Lordship Rec – meet at the lake

There will be common birds photos/recording sheets for everyone who would like to take part.

Spend just one hour wandering around the parks either singularly or in small groups (BRING THE KIDS) looking for the many different species that live with us in the parks.

We will enter our results afterwards into the RSPB website.

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Workshop in Spinney

On Tuesday 7th Feb and 28th Feb from 10:00am to 3:00pm we are having workshops in the Spinney,  Lordship Rec, Adams Rd/Freedom Rd N17 to plant young trees into a hedge on the north side and to do some dead hedging and a little hedge laying.

BTCV are coming to give a hand.

Back 2 Earth will provide a lunch and hot drinks for volunteers.

It would be good to see you there. Do tell anyone else you know who would like to be involved.

The Trax AGM

10am – 11am Saturday 3rd Dec. Broadwater Farm Community Centre

Apart from drinking lots of tea, making lots of noise and generally chatting about stuff one of the main things we do at the AGM is vote in a committee. This is a very special year as much of the committee are moving on and or taking on non committee roles in the club. This opens up new opportunities as we enter the clubs next and must exciting phase as the Lordship Loop is born.

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Willow Weaving Workshop

In Back2Earth’s Harmony Gardens

Broadwater Farm Community Centre, 1 Adams Road, N17 6HE

Run by Angie and Georgia, working on a selection of sculptural features in the gardens.

The dates and times of the workshops are as follows:

  • Thursday 24th November 1-3 pm
  • Friday 25th November 10-12am and 1.15-3.15pm
  • Thursday1st December  1-3 pm
  • Friday 2nd Dec  10-12am and 1.15-315pm

To register your interest please contact info@back2earth.org.uk and put willow workshop as the subject of your email.

Or ring the Back2Earth office on 020 8808 1829

Mapping the trees

Spinney management workshop at Lordship Rec just outside the Broadwater Community Centre, Adams Rd, N17 on Saturday 29th October 2011 from 10am to 3pm.

The Lordship Spinney Management Group in conjunction with "Back 2 Earth", is to hold the first of a series of workshops to manage the  trees in the Spinney.

You are invited to join in this interesting, informative and enjoyable workshop.

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Friends Monthly Meeting

Drop-in / update for all park users – for all the news and views!

Sunday 4th September – 2pm

At our temporary venue, Church on Farm, back of Opportunity Centre, Adams Rd. (Just 200 metres up the road from the Community Centre).

All park users and local residents welcome to drop in. This month we will discuss our aims and aspirations for the long term future of the park (see below), especially ensuring that all the agreed improvements and future staffing/maintenance happens as planned!

Plus regular weekly user groups sessions continue: egg:

  • Monday walking group. Meet 9.20am at Downhill’s Park Rd entrance. All welcome.
  • Mother & Toddler Group  Tues & Thurs at BWF Community Centre. 11am. All parents/carers and their toddlers welcome.
  • Wednesday Dog Training, 1pm in the Main Field   All dog owners welcome.
  • Trax Club – regular rides + weekly youth club   Info: www.thetrax.co.uk
  • Friday’s green gym + community café (may be having a brief break) – contact Back 2 Earth, 8808 1829, to check if on
  • Football teams – various days. Ask at the Community Centre.
  • Lordship Wildlife Group – meet monthly.

Saturday Sept 24th, 1-5pm – Sporticulture Day: [Sports and Horticulture!] community event in and around the BWF Community Centre. See http://www.lordshiprec.org.uk/2011/08/sporticulture-day/

Around the World in Eighty Days

Special drama/performance/consultation event

Thursday 1st September

The Shell Theatre

Lordship Recreation Ground, Lordship Lane N17 (main entrance opposite Waltheof Avenue)

11am-12noon: Drama workshops for all ages and abilities

1pm-2pm: Around the World in Eighty Days performance

11-3pm: Consultation

Admission: Free. All Welcome. Bring a cushion and a picnic if you like! Free refreshments will be served after the show.

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Lordship Loop Bike Park – coming soon!

The new  "Lordship Loop" bike park in Lordship Recreation Grounds in Tottenham is a really exciting off road mountain bike track due for completion in October 2011.

Commissioned by Haringey council the Lordship Loop construction is being led by Rowan Sorrell a Welsh Downhill Mountain Biking Champion and his Back on Track team who have a wealth of experience in designing and building bike tracks.  The design has had significant input from Rowan himself as well as the different local community groups including Lordship Recs local off road cycling club The Trax.

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