Scene in the park
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.
This year we were very lucky to have two diverse speakers. Miranda Poliakoff, the Curator of Fulham Palace, spoke on the current exhibition entitled 'From Bishop's Home to People's Palace". It was fascinating and it is a must see exhibition for all the local community. If you have any pictures or items that might be helpful for this type of exhibition then Miranda would love to hear from you. The Museum is a marvellous local asset, so do try and visit.
Darren Preston, COO of Fulham Football Club, spoke about the clubs building development of the Riverside Stand and current works currently being undertaken. There is still one licence that has to be granted, which they feel is not a problem, so the works will be going ahead. Darren did mention, which was a suprise to some, that they are in discussions with the Council about using 50 meters of Fielders Meadow for the storage of materials and equipment to be used for the works. The Council is discussing a rental fee for this 'temporary' use of the park but the area will be out of use to the general public for up to 2 and a half years.
The Friends have had discussions with the Council about our thoughts on this matter. Whilst we are not happy we understand the need but would expect the Club to restore the affected area and that a substantial part of the fees be ploughed back into Bishops Parks.
Issues relating transport of equipment ect by river is still being discussed and nothing has been finalised at the time of the meeting.
Both guest speakers provided and entertaining break to the formal part of the meeting.
Fulham Palace Garden Centre
This is still very much an ongoing concern for the local community and the small band of people trying to negotiate with The Prince's Trust about the future use of the site. As many locals are aware the site is covered by the same Covenant, by the Church Commissioners, that provided protection for Bishops Park over the proposed astro-turfing of Fielders Meadows some years ago. The site is designated as one that must have a garden centre or the like as well as providing a training provision for local residents. The Covenant can only be amended by The Church Commissioners and to date of writing they have not indicated a willingness to do this.
Discussions are being undertaken with appropriately experienced businesses and organisations to see how a proposal can be put forward to The Prince's Trust as a viable concern. We are hoping that there will be a positive outcome for this historic and that it is brought back into full use.
Gardening and Conservation Club Update
The Gardening and Conservation club will be extended until the end of March. All volunteers are welcome, and as it's on a Saturday it offers a great opportunity for family involvement as well.
There are also gardening sessions for people with disabilities on a Wednesday from 18 February, 11 am to 1pm, meeting in front of the café in Bishop's Park. Please see the new flyer for more details and contact information.
Bishops Park Photo Gallery
Photos of events in the park can be seen in our Flikr photo gallery. Check it out as new photos are being added with new events in the park!
Virginia Ironside Special Guest Speaker, Journalist and Author at AGM
Virginia spoke eloquently and in depth about the struggle prevent commercialisation of and encroachment on public open space; especially at Hammersmith Park. This serves as a wake-up call to residents as to what might happen to other parks nationwide. We are already seeing attempts at the same in our own Bishops Park.
H&F Safer Neighbourhood Board Road Shows
The Safer Neighbourhood Board and the Metropolitan Police are holding a series of road shows through October. Please see the flyer for road show dates and details.
For more information please call 020 8753 2816 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.