Brand new shoots of grass – hooray!

  Although the long hot summer has been wonderful for use all, the grass across all our parks and commons have struggled. The last event on Clapham Common for the summer events season was SW4.  They left site on Friday 31st August but the contractors, Talbots, were on the event site from Thursday 30th August starting the reinstatement work.  They began with Grass Harrowing – this is where they scrape the surface lightly and break the top soil and any mud that has accumulated and lift up the grass.  Then they vertidrained the site– this is the process where a drum with tines on it that they roll over the ground and create series of holes in the ground.  This works to de-compact the ground and helps get air and water to the roots.  A few days later they came back and fertilised and disc-seeded.  This is a machine which has a blade the cuts a shallow channel which seed is pumped into and then a roller pushes the soil back over the top.  The majority of the event site was disc seeded 1 way and where there were areas of greater impact form summer events Talbots then went over these areas a further 2 times.   This process also leaves some seeds on the top of the ground and often where they have lifted the rollers to make a turn what is left in the pipes falls out onto the top of the ground.  These areas are evident by the clusters of birds.  The picture below is of the disc seeder on at work on Brockwell Park.   The...

Could we have some rain please …..

The Verti -draining has been done to de compress the ground. The chain harrow has been done to lift the grass and encourage it to spring back. On Tuesday we began to lay the new turf in the first stage (pre Lambeth Country Show). Now what’s needed is a good rain shower over the next couple of days just to get that grass growing.  BBC Weather isn’t forecasting any.  So Talbots are on the job and have their water bowser on the park watering the new turf areas and then onto the dry brown patches of grass.  However, if anyone has a good rain dance then do pop down to Brockwell – our new turf would be grateful. Talbots also had a delivery of 20 tons of top soil today and they will begin to start working on areas where there were deep ruts and areas of uneven surfaces. Working is progressing well and we’ll continue to update you. Below are some pictures of the new turf going in.  It will be rolled and evened out and then the joins will knit together and the edges will be tided up....

Brockwell Park – paths are open and the fence is coming down

Field Day and Mighty Hoopla Festival took place last weekend.  This weekend the organisers are taking up the final parts of track way, removing the plant machinery and the fence line.  However during this final stages of festival de-rig all the paths are all open and the fields are accessible.  There will be vehicle movement and there will be work being done which might cause some localized noise but we are confident the park will be a welcoming and open space to enjoy. Reinstatement work will also begin on the park.  Stage 1 will take place over Saturday and Sunday.  External landscaping company Talbots have been contracted by the festival organsers to undertake work to address the compaction of the ground, level out areas of rutting and relift and strengthen the grass.  This might impact on some areas for short periods of time.  Vertidrain – this process is used to de-compact the ground through aeration Chain Harrow – this levels out ground undulations and lifts the grass (which strengthen the roots) Overseeding – this is where additional grass seeds are put on existing lawn to encourage denser growth and mitigate against the wear on much trodden areas There are plans in place around the full reinstatement of the festival footprint and on Monday we’ll agreed the approach that needs to be taken for stage 2 based on how the ground has responded to stage 1 work detailed above. There are other areas of damage that are being addressed and you will see them fenced off and we have signs up.  We’ll come back and give you more details on the work that will be done...

Field Day and the Mighty Hoopla

Brockwell Park 1st-3rd June 2018 This is designed to give some further information around the events taking place in Brockwell Park this weekend and to answer some of the more frequently asked questions. This information is also available on the letter that was circulated to local residents. Throughout the event, the main park facilities remain open to the public including the Lido, Tennis Courts, BMX track, Bowling Green, Brockwell Hall & Cafe, children’s play area and biodiversity gardens.   Event dates and timings are as follows: Date                             Opening to public times           Regulated Entertainment timings Friday 1 June 2018        13:00-23:00                                           14:00 – 22:30 Saturday 2 June 2018    11:30-23:00                                           12:00 – 22.30 Sunday 3 June 2018      12:00-23:00                                           12:00 – 21:30 Build & Break of the Event The build of the event commenced on the 20th May and was a phased build to allow much of the event footprint to remain open and accessible to the public throughout the build and break. The event infrastructure was built in discreet compounds and pathways will remained open and accessible to the public for as long as possible. The break and de-rig of the event will conclude on the 10th June with a post event site check and handover with the Council scheduled for the 11th June.   Noise Control Noise control measures have been formulated to minimise noise disturbance for local residents. Field Day & the Mighty Hoopla have appointed a sound management contractor to work with the Council to ensure the agreed sound levels are adhered to, both within the site and at agreed points adjacent to residential...

Clapham Common Reinstatement Update

  On Friday 16 March the Lambeth Parks Team, Lambeth Events and the organisers of Winterville met onsite to review ground conditions. Good progress has been made across the site with slitting and top dressing being carried out across the entire area. Over the last few weeks repair works have been intermittent due to varied weather conditions. Works were interrupted due to the heavy rain on Sunday evening/Monday morning.  This resulted in surface water pooling in several areas of the event site. The impact of this has been that Lambeth Landscapes were unable to carry out works on these sections.  Snow is forecast for the coming weekend which will also impact on the ground and surface water.  However once the ground has dried out and machinery can be brought back on work will resume. Temperatures next week (week commencing 19th March) should be suitable for Lambeth Landscapes to start seeding specific areas.  The areas requiring seeding will be assessed at the start of the week and it is anticipated that seeding will start on the middle area. The seeds should germinate with the right weather conditions and come through in two to three weeks. There is natural regrowth across the site and this will increase by the end of the month. The fence line will continue to be reduced in the coming weeks including to the right of the vehicle entrance and top of the site. On the week commencing 26th March, it is hoped that the fence will be removed leaving three smaller fenced sections whilst further works and seeding take place on these. It is important to...