Over the last year the Friends have been working with The Conservation Volunteers and the Council’s Nature Conservation Officer, supported by the Parks Service, to produce a new 5-year Conservation Action Plan. The idea is to manage and improve biodiversity – and public appreciation of this biodiversity – throughout the Rec. Its based mainly on the work of the Friends and our various working groups over the last 15 years. See link below!
Kids Birdwatching Event at the Lake
Come and identify and count the birds at the lake in Lordship Rec. Find out about all the birds that live on and around the lake, including the best way to feed them.
Free Bird Food for everyone taking part.
11am-1pm, Thursday 27th October
Meet on the Hub Terrace next to the Cafe
Organised by the Friends of Lordship Rec, Lake Group
There will be a workday with TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) and the Friends in the wood in Lordship Rec on Tuesday 20 September. We will as ever be dealing with dogwood but also beginning to replace boards along the side path and digging/clearing the mini-stream and pool. All welcome
We meet at the Downhills Park Gate entrance at 10am. Tools, tea and biscuits provided. Bring a packed lunch and wear suitable footwear.
3 great free events in 1
September 10th in the Rec and the Hub from 11-6pm
Tottenham Flower and Produce Show, Internation Music Event and Health and Lifestyle Market.
Organised by the Friends of Lordship Rec, the Shell Performing Arts Collective and Womens Association of Lordship Rec
Music from around the world by local musicians in the Hub, Stalls with Herbs and natural skin and beauty products, home grown vegetables, clothes and healthy food plus workshops.
Contact: 020 8885 5684 for more information or see www.facebook.com/TheShellAtTheRec/ or www.facebook.com/WomensAssociationLR
invitation to help control thistles on Friday, 12th July
You are cordially invited to join us this Friday at 2pm in the Hub cafe. We will go to together to the ‘picnic area’ in the Rec (just south of the Model Traffic Area – Walpole Rd/Rusper Road entrance) where we will cut thistles and docks and put the tops in bags to prevent the area being covered in these next year.
We will provide bags, gloves and seccateurs unless you have your own in which case please bring them. We don’t have to stay long but it would be great if you come.
Lordship Wildlife Group
Haringey New Leaf Composting Session
Free event on Saturday, July 23 2016 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Hub, Lordship Recreation Ground, N17 6NU
Always wondered how to make your own compost heap at home? Have one and want to make the most of it? This beginners workshop in Haringey is going to give you the A-Z of home composting from tricks and tips on getting started to building your own composter.
This composting class is being run as part of our New Leaf project, which focuses on fresh foods which we often waste in the summertime. Producing, transporting and packaging this food takes a lot of energy, fuel and water, so we want to help north London residents reduce food waste and save money as well! The summer is also a great time to get outdoors and transform unavoidable food waste into rich nutritious compost.
To book your place, visit https://billetto.co.uk/az-of-home-composting
Brought to you by North London Waste Authority
Volunteer conservation activity
11am-1pm, Sunday 19th June
Meet on the terrace outside the Cafe at the Hub
We will be tidying up the little garden around the Downhills Shelter Memorial near the woodland and also doing some work in the woodland clearing paths of vegetation and creating sight lines through the bushes along the main path.
Hope you can make it. Bring your own gloves and secateurs if you have them but some will be available if not.
This very important document is the updated Plan for Lordship Rec, applying for the next 10 years, written collaboratively and agreed by the park’s user groups and by the Council. It explains all the features in the park, how they are to be maintained, and how they are being managed in partnership between the the various park community groups and the Council, coordinated overall through the Lordship Rec Users Forum. The range of user groups and their activities is also detailed, as are the current list of further improvements sought. There are some very useful appendices with further details.
The demolition and ‘redevelopment’ of Broadwater Farm and building of homes on Lordship Rec: Barmy? Or a real threat?
According to council documents – http://www.haringey.gov.uk/sites/haringeygovuk/files/site_allocation_developement_web_0.pdf (Site 63, page 162), it appears that the council are considering promoting the demolition and ‘redevelopment’ of some or all of Broadwater Farm. The plans, confirmed by senior Council officers [see below], suggest that they intend for new housing to be built on a large chunk of the north end of Lordship Recreation Ground, including half of the main field and the whole sports field, to rehouse those displaced by potential demolitions at Broadwater Farm. The potential redevelopment zone is indicated by a red line on a map, and also includes Somerset Close, Lido Square, homes along the south side of Lordship Lane, and all the community facilities within the zone. Such a zone would mean increased powers for property developers in that zone, backed by Council encouragement and support.
This incredible, barmy and totally unnecessary attack on local communities would cause massive stress to all concerned, displacement and disruption for years, and undermine all the successful efforts over decades to build a strong and stable local community and to improve local facilities. Our communities have worked long and hard to make Broadwater Farm one of the most attractive estates in the UK, and to make Lordship Rec the great park it now is.
The threat to Lordship Rec would bring the Council into direct conflict with the Lordship Rec park users’ organisations, and all the funding bodies (Lottery, GLA and the Environment Agency) who have supported the successful and nationally-celebrated community-led regeneration of Tottenham’s largest public park. Incidentally, in case the Council have forgotten, the park is safeguarded and protected for all time by a ‘Fields In Trust’ covenant preventing any part of it being developed or sold off.
The ‘barmy’ proposals confirmed
We couldn’t believe the proposals when we first heard about them. However, Steve Kelly from the Council’s Planning Department spoke at the Tangmere Steering Committee on Broadwater Farm recently and when challenged admitted that the land on Lordship Recreation Ground would be needed for housing for people displaced by any demolitions on Broadwater Farm. Matthew Patterson, the Council’s Interim Head of Policy, Strategic Transport and Infrastructure, also confirmed to a rep from the Friends of Lordship Rec that the inclusion of the northern part of Lordship Rec in the development zone is for the power to build housing to ‘decant’ the residents of Broadwater Farm (or many of them) into that area of the park ‘otherwise the demolitions on the estate could not go ahead’ due to the impracticalities of re-homing those affected during the demolition and redevelopment works.
The deadline for registering objections to this outrageous and unacceptable threat to the estate and park is March 27th. It comes under the consultation for ‘Haringey’s Local Plan 2011-2026’, the most important planning document in the borough. This is a formal objection process, and the Local Plan documents have to be submitted to a Planning Inspector at a public enquiry before they can be approved. Those objecting will be able to put their case to the Inspector.
This proposed mass disruption and destruction must be opposed.
To object, email: email@example.com
Joan Curtis and Dave Morris
– Secretary and Chair, Friends of Lordship Rec