Scene in the park
Evening Standard on 19 August 2014
Jonathan Prynn, Consumer Business Editor
"A row has broken out over the closure of a west London garden centre following its sale by one of the Prince of Wales¹s charities.
The 30-year-old Fulham Garden Centre is set to close at the end of the month and is expected to be replaced by a pet supplies firm.
It is run by the youth charity Fairbridge, part of the Prince¹s Trust, which said it was leasing the site at a minimum of £75,000 a year to raise more funds.
Campaigners claim that the chief financial officer of the Prince¹s Trust, Amy Stirling, was appointed at the same time as she became a non-executive director of Pets at Home, the company tipped to take over the site. Residents fear it will build one of its warehouse-style stores and have appealed to Prince Charles to save the centre.
Pets at Home refused to comment but a source close to the company said it was not planning to construct a warehouse and that Ms Stirling had no involvement with negotiations over leasing the site."
Petition on Sale of Fairbridge Garden Centre
A petition has been raised asking The Prince's Trust to reconsider the decision to sell Fairbridge Garden Centre to Pets At Home. Check out the petition for more information.
A Friends of Fulham Palace Garden Centre Facebook page has also been created.
Bishop's Park and Fulham Palace Grounds Visitor Survey 2014
Please take a moment to give us some feedback by taking part in our visitors survey. The survey will close on 13 September.
Join us on Facebook
We're on Facebook! Check out the Bishops Park page for all the latest news on events in the park.
The ABC Picnic was held on the beautiful 8th June. For pictures of the picnic check out our Flickr ablbum
The Fulham Palace and Bishops Park album has more photos of both areas.
Can you spare five days this summer?
i-Tree Eco London Tree and Woodland Survey of Greater London
Do you want to be involved in the world's largest urban forest survey?
Can you spare five days this Summer?
Then register your interest in the London i-tree survey 2014!
The RELEAF London Partnership is undertaking a survey of London's trees and woodlands, to establish the benefits they provide and put a value on them.
Please see the i-Tree flyer for more information on how to register!
Gardening and Conservation at Bishops Park
A monthly programme of conservation and gardening meetings has been aranged from November through to September 2014. So join us in transforming the parks and grounds of Bishops Park and Fulham Palace through planting, maintenance and conservation activities:
- Learn practical horticultural and conservation skills
- Gain valuable volunteering experience
- Get outside and meet new people
- Activities may include: tending the rose gardens, bulb planting, weeding, wildlife surveying and habitat building.
These events are free to attend and open to adults of all ages. Hot drinks and biscuits provided. Meet at the Bishop’s Park café, Bishop’s Park, Bishop’s Ave, SW6 6EA. Please see our events page for more details
Tennis classes are being offered at Bishops Park Tennis Centre in Fulham for children aged 18 months - 3 years. For further information or to book a lesson please see the Puppy Tennis website.
New Park Map
A new map of Bishops Park is available. Check it out for the features and facilities of the Park following the restoration work.
This history of Bishops Park by Sally Miller has been published to mark the restoration of the park.
Copies available from the Friends of Bishops Park, priced at £14.95.
Make cheques payable to Friends of Bishops Park and send to 54 Langthorne Street, London SW6 6JY for your copy.
Safety in Parks Award for Bishops Park
Roger Weston, Deputy Chairman
Amanda Lloyd-Harris, Chairman of the Friends of Bishops Park and Palace Riverside Safer Neighbourhood Panel accepted the London Mayor's Silver Safety in Parks Award from Mayor of London, Boris Johnson on Friday 13th May at City Hall.
This is a new award that judges the capital's parks and their relative safety. The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham received two Silver Awards with the other going to South Park.
Amanda praised the work of the Parks Constabulary and the local Metropolitan Police team saying: 'By working together we are ensuring that our parks are safe for all to stroll around and more residents can enjoy what the parks have to offer.'
Bishops Park is currently undergoing extensive redevelopment having been awarded nearly £8m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and H&F Council to restore the park back to its former glory. The works will also include improved facilities and equipment for toddlers up to teenagers. 'During this time the Parks Constabulary has been an ever increasing presence to ensure that safety is still their number 1 priority'. The works should be finished in late September.
Amanda added: 'This is an award to be shared by the Parks Constabulary and all those unsung people who keep a special eye on our park, the people's park. I hope all residents will continue to support them so our parks remain special.'
Green City Bat scheme
The Friends of Bishops Park have signed up to the Green City Bats scheme, for further information on the scheme and how you can get involved please click on the logo below.