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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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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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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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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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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.

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Safety in Parks Award for Bishops Park

(L-R) Amanda Lloyd-Harris, Chairman, Boris Johnson and
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.

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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.