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.
Annual General Meeting 2016
Cllr Wesley Harcourt (Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport & Residents Services) was the keynote speaker at our recent AGM. He assured all present that while LBHF was, like other local authorities, cash-strapped, he would be doing all he could to maintain the quality of Bishops Park. Questions from the audience ranged from inevitably, the situation regarding the proposed FFC development to cyclists and lighting in the park.
"...We have been involved in consultations about the suggestion of leaving Bishops Park open at night. This got a resounding NO from all parties including the Metropolitan Police, Palace Riverside Safer Neighbourhood Panel and residents that emailed me directly. The main concern is about the potential increase in anti-social behaviour and that if the park is open 24hrs then other individuals will start congregating in the park from other areas of the borough..." Extract from Chairman's AGM report.
Tennis for Christmas!
The current round of the Hammersmith & Fulham Tennis League finishes Wednesday 9 November, and the next runs from Thursday 1 December 2016 to Wednesday 8 February 2017. If you would like to join, you would be very welcome, and when you are longing to do some exercise after Christmas, you will be glad you did!
To join us just log on to www.localtennisleagues.com. Closing date for entries is Monday 28 November.
Green Flag Award
Congratulations are in order as Bishops Park wins Green Flag Award a for a second time.
For the second year running, Bishops Park has won the Green Flag Award for park quality. This award is judged on eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement. This is due in no small part to a number of dedicated people, including local residents ensuring standards are maintained, Quadron and Council workers who have all made a significant contributions to the retaining of the much sort after Green Flag Award.
The full article is posted on LBHF news
Closure of Fielders Meadow
Update - Developments at FFC and use of Fielders Meadow
The Friends of Bishops Park have been having ongoing dialogue with H&F Council, Fulham Football Club (FFC) and the Church Commissioners about the development of the Riverside Stand and the partial use of Fielders Meadow for a two year period as a site to store materials etc. whilst this development takes place. There have been many questions around whether this is an appropriate use of the park, even for a temporary period.
Whilst many residents have expressed their concerns we have tried to have then addressed by the relevant parties and have sought assurances that any damage to the fabric of the park is dealt with once the works are completed. There are significant financial incentives attached to FFC leasing this part of the park which is separate to the S106 money attached the approved planning application.
Total benefit of S106 £1.38M, broken down as follows:
- £600,000 Bishops Park Restoration payment
- £400,000 to cover maintenance over 10 years
- £60,000 Heritage Gates contribution
- £50,000 upgrading of toilet block (a major complaint by users of the park)
- £100,000 towards refurbishment of the pitch (open area)
- £50,000 towards removal of Japanese Knotweed
The Council's Arborist will be dealing with the trees issue i.e. removal of and pollarding of trees. Any trees removed will be replaced 2-1 in the area where they have been removed.
Agreement with FFC to appoint a point person with whom residents can liaise in the event of any issues; name and contact details to be provided in due course.
The Friends are also in discussions with the Council / FFC to ensure the hours of work and noise, especially relating to pilling work, will not adversely impact on the local community.
Photos of events in the park can be seen in our photo gallery. Check it out as new photos are being added with new events in the park.
Or join us on Facebook! Check out the Bishops Park page for all the latest news on events 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.
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 2011 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.