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.
The first Gardening Group out of lockdown
Date: Wednesday 8th July
Meet: between the bowling club and the cafe
Time: between 9.15 – 9.30.
For any newcomers please do stay as long or as short a time as you can give. Equipment will be provided, but if you have gloves please bring them.
Ian, head gardener would be happy for a fortnightly Gardening Group through the summer. We will confirm the dates shortly.
If you would like more information or to join the Gardening Club please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The market on Sundays will recommence this Sunday 21 June, Social Distancing rules apply.
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: email@example.com (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.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
Fulham Football Club works are proceeding with the new stand on the river front. There has been an application to add a landing stage to the walk way for use when the tide is high. FoBP have been to the meeting and will report back.
The Rose Garden by the Spanish Memorial – the works to the beds has been carried out. All beds now have metal edging and the grass paths between have been reseeded. Fingers crossed the pigeons don’t eat all the seed.
Due to storm Ciara, work to cut back and repair some of the damaged limbs on the trees has been carried out.
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
The work in Fielders Meadow has started. Fulham Football Club are completely aware of the concern that park users have about the trees and habitat in that area of the park. However if you have any issues that you would like addressed please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Enclosed is a summary of comments drawn up by Ian Ross, Parks Manager to some of the most frequently asked questions to the planning application that have been emailed to him. Please click this 2019 summary of S123 comments FINAL (2) comp to read the summary in detail.
During the consultationThe Friends requested another gate opposite Ellerby to be installed these should be open and operational now. We have also requested a new dog water tap and path across the meadow for the winter season and to make the walk a circle as before.
The Friends are also keeping a weathered eye on any alterations to the planning application and are aware of the most current one: 2019/01880/VAR, if you have any particular issues we suggest that you complete the comment section by clicking this Link.