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COVID19

Green Spaces during COVID19

The University of Westminster has launched a study to understand how people use, experience and feel about public green space in London during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what impact this has on their health and well being. Please take 10 -15 minutes to complete the survery.

Click here for survey

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Park News

Sunday Market Re Opening

The market on Sundays will recommence this Sunday 21 June, Social Distancing rules apply.

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Council COVID19 Park News

Have your say about your park.

The Council have put out an open call to users of the park to find out how residents and visitors use the parks, what they want from their parks going into the future. To aid them in their plans they have put out an open call for evidence to inform the Independent Parks Commission’s findings and recommendations to the Council.

The Hammersmith & Fulham Parks Commission is a resident-led commission which is trying to develop a new vision for the parks, open spaces and cemeteries in the borough.

The Leader of the Council has asked the H&F Parks Commission to draw up a new strategy to help residents and visitors benefit more from our local parks.

We would like you to tell us how you think we can improve our open spaces.

  • Which parks and open spaces do you use regularly?
  • How do you use these spaces (for instance, to walk, to bring your children to the playground, to play sport, to sit and think, for picnics)?
  • How do you think we could improve the parks and open spaces you use?
  • What is the best way to involve local people in the decisions made about our parks?
  • How do you think the Council can ensure that a diverse group of people make decisions about our parks? 

Please submit your thoughts, views and proposals to us by Monday 7th June at the following email address: peter.smith@lbhf.gov.uk (or by return to this email).

To view our terms of reference please see the Parks Commission webpage here or at  https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/councillors-and-democracy/resident-led-commissions

RE OPENED 20 MAY 2020

The grassy area by the sandpit has been reopened by the council – although the sandpit and paddling pool are still shut and roped off.

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Park News

Bishops Park Open

Statement from Cllr Stephen Cowan on Hammersmith & Fulham parks

It really is understandable how the surreal nature a pandemic means many people are still coming to terms with the huge changes we all need to make to our lives. Last weekend, despite the parks police best attempts to warn people, the COVID-19 contagion was inadvertently passed onto thousands of others by people socialising in Hammersmith & Fulham’s parks during that beautiful weather. For that reason, our parks were closed on Sunday night for public health reasons.

Yesterday, the government’s new emergency laws came into force which introduce a series of restrictions on people’s movement and gatherings and give the police new powers to enforce the new laws. People are now obliged to stay in their homes and only leave for exceptional reasons which you can read about here. One of the exceptions is: “to take exercise either alone or with other members of their household”. Because of these new laws, our parks can now re-open and will do so at 2pm today.

We are two weeks away from a surge in cases and roughly a month away from the expected super-surge. As you might imagine, the NHS implore us to do everything we can to encourage people to stay in their homes and not add to their already intolerable burden.

The disease is easily spread in a number of ways when people come into contact with others from outside their immediate household. It transmits by touching, from coughs or sneezes, and even from the tiny mist everyone generates when they speak. A big problem is many fit and healthy people show few symptoms but if just one fit, but COVID-19 infected, person returns home and passes it onto one or more vulnerable relatives there’s a possibility they could accidentally kill them.

We can protect ourselves and those we love by following the government’s new laws. Staying a car length away from people outside our immediate household will help keep coronavirus at bay.

I appreciate how tough this period is. Worry about our friends and family and anxiety about how we will all cope stuck at home. Our team at Hammersmith & Fulham is working all waking hours and seven days a week to get us ready. I am extremely grateful to our partners in the NHS, police and emergency services, charities, residents’ groups, our two MPs, and all the volunteers across our borough.

We’re determined to do everything we can to keep people safe and that all of us get through this together. Please take care and very best wishes to all.

Keep your distance. Stay well.

28 March 2020

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COVID19 Park News

Corona Virus & Community

There are a number of local initiatives being set up on Nextdoor.co.uk, through the local churches and other groups . Fr Ross Guntherson has been in touch regarding one such community group which is shown below.

If anyone knows of any other initiative and would like it highlighted on here please email: chair.bishpark@gmail.com

St Etheldreda – Community Care Fulham 

St Etheldreda’s (Fr Ross Gunderson & wife, Meredith on Doneraile Street) have helped launch a project to meet the needs of members of our community affected by Covid-19, most importantly to get essentials to individuals and families in isolation.  

We have a team of organisers who are looking after gathering names of willing volunteers as well as those who need support and a robust response plan has been implemented.  Primarily volunteers will be doorstep dropping essentials with little to no interaction with the isolated to ensure safety.  Some volunteers may be paired up with individuals who would appreciate friendly check-in phone calls.  Volunteers will be briefed and those in need or support simply call the church on 0207 736 3809 or email communitycare@stethsfulham.org and we will respond within 24 hours.

There is a Crowdfunder page to raise funds for essentials to families or individuals who can’t afford it or can’t manage a PayPal transition (this is a cashless programme for safety reasons).  Any excess from Crowdfunder will be donated to a charity.  The entire project is run by volunteers and donations.

To get involved:

If you would like to add your name to the list of volunteers email Fr Ross on vicar@stethsfulham.org.

And/or

If you would like to donate to the project, we would be so grateful, visit the site:  https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fulham-community-care

If you need support:

If at any time you require some support either call St. Eth’s on 0207 736 3809 or email communitycare@stethsfulham.org

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Park News

Rose Garden Rejuvenation – update July 2019

We are pleased to announce that we have raised the funds (and more) we needed for the rejuvenation of the Rose Garden.  Funds are now being collected through Spacehive and will soon be in our account.  The Friends will then liaise with the council officers and gardeners as to how the work will be accomplished.  Thank you all for your support – watch this space for the next initiative!

Link to Spacehive Crowdfunding – Bishops Park Rose Garden Rejuvenation

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Fielders Meadow Fulham Football Club Park News

URGENT: Fulham Football Club Planning Application

Last Chance to Have YOUR say by 18th March 2018!

Please take a moment to read this information regarding the proposed new stand and facilities. The closing date for objections has been extended to 18th March 2018 and should be addressed to Sian Brown, Planning Officer, at Sian.Brown@lbhf.gov.uk

reference: FFC Planning Application 2017/04662FUL.

    Things you need to know:

  • Fielders Meadow will be closed for TWO years for use as part of the building site.
  • Nothing to assure us of what the park will look like after it is handed back.
  • Likely substantial loss of amenity to Bishops park as turnstiles for the proposed new riverside stand will now be accessed from the park.
  • Proposed new stand will encroach 11 metres into the Thames which will affect wildlife and use of the river.

The full text of the objection letter from the Friends can be found here.

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Park News

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

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Park News

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 Wales’ 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.”

Original Article

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Park News

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.