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‚Äô 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.

AGM 2021 – annual review key documents

Our AGM is on March 7th at 2pm. A zoom link will be sent to our members on our email list and facebook page.

Here is a report of last year’s meeting.¬† But first a review of what became a very challenging last 12 months for everyone – a year in which we continued to ensure the Rec was able to support its users and the surrounding community at a time of even greater need. At the end is a map of the Rec showing many of the areas in which the Friends are involved with volunteering – more welcome to join in!

FLR AGM 2021 Annual report for 2020 pdf

FLR AGM 2 Feb 2020 mins pdf

FLR accounts 19-20 draft

LRUF decision-making 3.2021

FLR volunteering opps map 2020

Harmony Gardens Report 3.2021 pdf

Lordship Rec Spinney Report 3.2021 pdf

Our 20th anniversary!

This coming summer we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Friends of Lordship Rec.¬† Here’s 6 inspirational videos to enjoy that tell the story of the Rec and its successful community-led renaissance..

1938 – Opening of the Lordship Rec Model Traffic Area (by the Minister of Transport) [2 min]

2007 РTottenham Says Restore Our Rec!  [31 min]

2012 – 8,000 attend Lordship Rec Festival to celebrate its regeneration [3 min]

2017 – Lordship Hub Co-op: Community building in every sense [12 min]

2018 РLordship Rec Main Feature on BBC Countryfile  [8 min]

2020 РA message to the world, mown into the main field of the Rec   [27 secs]


Sunday 7th March, 2pm (via zoom)

Hi, all Lordship Rec lovers.

As we all know it’s been a very challenging year for everyone, and we hope you are well and have been able to get on with things OK.

The Friends of the Rec have been busy throughout the last 12 months (see our fb page below), continuing our activities as best we can. This includes looking after parts of the park (e.g. woodland, orchard field and lake), doing some hands-on maintenance, helping with the Hub (currently takeaway only), reporting repairs needed and liaising regularly with park staff, and promoting the Rec and community action generally. A more detailed report will follow.

Our Annual Meeting will be a chance for all those who care about the Rec to attend to hear and share news and views, and look ahead to the next 12 months – including a discussion about ‘volunteering in the Rec’ and how people can get involved if they wish. We particularly welcome new faces!

So please put the date in your diary.

Best wishes
Caroline, Joan, Nina, Dave, Sally and Catherine
Friends of Lordship Rec

Lordship Litterpickers

The Lordship Litterpickers meet every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10am by the Hub to tackle the more out of the way litter problem areas in the Rec. We have limited litter picking equipment and adhere to strict social distancing and covid safety rules so it is important to get in touch if you want to take part, text Caroline on: 07914641167.



Happy New Year to all our members and park users.

Hoping that things will be better by the Summer so that we can celebrate the work of the Friends of Lordship Rec which will be 20yrs old in June 2021!

Lake Improvements

Monday, January 4th

TCV, The Conservation Volunteers, are supporting the Friends to do some conservation work in and around the Lake in Lordship Rec.  One of the tasks will be to repair the wooden dipping platform and make it safe.