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...

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...

Damage to Streatham Common

EventLambeth is aware of the ground damage on Streatham Common from the Circus Zyair vehicles.  This is not something that we condone and work was done by the events team on consultation with Lambeth Parks service to ensure that the event organiser had adequate protection and plans in place to manage careful vehicle movement.  These were agreed, however unfortunately the road works on Streatham Common South meant that the vehicle carrying the ground protection track way delivery couldn’t get through. Parks and events officers have visited the Common yesterday to record the damage that is visible at present and so the reinstatement plans can start to be drawn up.  These will be undertaken by Lambeth Landscaping although if they don’t have the staff capacity we will bring in an external contractor so that the work is completed as quickly as possible.  The event is due to egress on Tuesday and we will be asking the organiser to provide a detailed plan of how they will manage this to prevent further damage.  The event organiser is aware that they are responsible for the costs of all reinstatement.  We have asked the organiser to fill in the deepest ruts while they are onsite to reduce the likelihood of trips and to put down additional matting between the big top and the toilets and along the path that the big top is off as it was noted yesterday people queuing to get in to the circus with buggies etc meant that those wanting to walk along the path had to step off on to the grass. Going forward the events team will...

Thinking about holding a Street Party?

If you are thinking about holding a Street Party this year then here is all the information you’ll need.  We have updated our online application form and guidelines to make it quicker and simpler. Application dates: The date for your party is between 1 April  to 31 May 1 June to 31 August 1 Sept to 30 Nov 1 Dec to 30 March Last date for applications 1st March 1st May 1st August 1st Nov   We had a lot of feedback last year that our application process was a bit cumbersome so we have created a new website page with all the information you need and link to other sites that will help you plan a safe and fun day. But most importantly we have created a new online application form specifically for Street Parties.   Here is the link to the new website page www.eventlambeth.co.uk/streetparties   Lambeth Council continues to support our local communities and there will be no cost again this year to hold a street party.  There is a hire fee for the road signs and barriers as this service is provided by an external company.   Street Parties are small local gatherings with no commercial activity and take place between 10am and 8pm. If you wish to add additional activity to your Street Party we will work with you on this but it would be considered a ‘Street Event’ and could incur costs.   LambethEvents team manage street parties and you can contact us on Events@lambeth.gov.uk or phone 020 7926...

Clapham Common Reinstatement Post Winterville

We want to provide an update to local park users and residents following the first month of reinstatement post Winterville.  It should be noted that all groundwork is paid for by the event organsiers. On the 10th January a Site handback took place with with members of the CCMAC, Lambeth Landscapes, Councillors, Event Organiser and EventLambeth.  At this it was agreed that Lambeth Landscape would undertake the work and provide a quote based on the Agronomist recommendations from previous site visit.  The planned reinstatement works will be as follows; Topsoil Around 80 tonnes of imported topsoil will be used to fill in of any ruts or depressions. This will consist ideally of a sandy loam to the current BS standard. Surplus soil will be spread evenly over more level areas subject to thinning ground cover. Verti-drain When ground conditions over the site are sufficiently firm, the verti-drain treatment will commence immediately. A small fixture fitted to a smaller tractor with grass tyres may be used initially, but the aim will be to achieve as substantial a compaction relief effect as possible. This means using as large a combination of verti-drain and tractor as the ground conditions will allow. If the combination is producing undue damage to the surface, the operation should be delayed until ground conditions are suitable. All areas of the site should be treated. Over-seeding Over-seeding will commence as soon as the verti-drain operation has completed, using a 100% dwarf perennial ryegrass seed mix. A standard sowing rate of 35 g/m2 will be adopted over all areas obviously affected by the event. Areas where almost all ground...

Community Risk Services are here to help

If your community group is planning on holding an event, it is important to ensure that you have event insurance in place to keep everyone involved safe.  Unforseen circumstances can ruin all the hard work and preparation that you have put into the event and could leave you financially worse off. Community Risk Services was set up specifically to provide insurance and risk management services to community organisations following requests from community groups themselves.  Formed from the expertise of the Risk and Insurance Team at Lambeth Council, Community Risk Services can help you navigate the often complex world of insurance and risk management. Community Risk Services operate on social enterprise principles and will be reinvesting a percentage of our profit back into community good causes (voted for by you). Our board of directors is made up from representatives from within the community and from Lambeth Council To get a quote today call 033 3344 7428 and our dedicated underwriting team can take you through just what your group needs to insure your event, without breaking the bank. For the full range of insurance policies provided by Community Risk Services why not visit our website – http://www.communityriskservices.com/insurance-services/...