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...

Streatham Common Reinstatement Update

EventLambeth and Lambeth Landscapes met with representatives from the Friends of Streatham Common to look at the common and areas for reinstatement. The main area of damage from Circus Zyair has been levelled and a large amount of soil (50:50 mix sand and soil) has been brought onsite to re-level the area and assist with the re-seeding.  The Lambeth Landscapes team were spreading the soil yesterday and will be following with re-seeding today.  The areas that fall outside of this main impact will be filled by hand. The cost for the reinstatement has been met in the entirety by Circus Zyair. There are also some other areas on the Common that haven’t recovered from previous reinstatement as we would have hoped so a separate company will be coming onsite to vertidrain, surface dress and re-seed key areas. They will do this once the Funfair leaves site. Bensons Funfair will be arriving onsite on Monday.  They have re aligned their site plan to avoid those areas that have recently been instated and will also have track mats down along agreed vehicle routes.  A member of EventLambeth staff will be onsite to meet them when they arrive to ensure that these provisions are in...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all at EventLambeth

If you’re in Lambeth over the festive season and looking for something to do there’s a whole host of activities taking place: Take a Walk in One of our Parks | Lambeth Parks Lambeth has a host of beautiful Parks and Open Spaces from Streatham Common, to Norwood Park to Old Paradise Gardens, why not get out and about over Christmas and take a festive stroll through one of our beautiful green spaces? Open every day over the holidays Open Daily | Link Winter Festival | Southbank Centre Get your fill of sparkling entertainment this Christmas at Winter Festival, stroll through wooden chalet markets filled with festive food, drink, gifts and treats Until 25th January (Closed Christmas Day) | Link Christmas Market | Pop Brixton Last minute Christmas shopping? Pick up a unique gift your loved ones will treasure for years to come at the Pop Brixton Christmas Market 11am – 6pm | Until 24th December | Link Let’s Eat Christmas | Mursell Hall, Stockwell Come along to Lets Eat at Mursell Hall in Stockwell on Christmas Day to help serve guests.  Please contact the organisers or if you would like to donate items for care packages. 12 – 4pm | Christmas Day | Link Boxing Day Tango | Southbank Centre Enjoy an afternoon of Argentinean tango with a class, social dancing and performances. With DJ and live music, join in and extend the holiday spirit through dance 1pm | Boxing Day | Link Bensons Funfair | Windrush square Festive fun for the kids to enjoy, children’s rides and funfair attractions on Windrush Square 11am – 8pm | Until 2nd...

Reinstatement to Brockwell Park and Streatham Common

We wanted to let local residents and Park users know what is happening on Brockwell Park and Streatham Common.  Following the recent events that have taken place and the unseasonably wet weather during June. Brockwell Park Despite precautions set in place by the organisers of the Found Festival the area around the copse has suffered some damage during the build and de-rig of this event. EventLambeth and the Lambeth Parks team have been working closely to assess the reinstatement required and ensure that it took place as soon as possible.  Some of that work has now taken place but the ground needs to dry out before more can be done to prevent further damage occurring. EventLambeth and the Lambeth Parks team have met with the organisers of SUNFALL and the Lambeth Country Show to look at ground conditions and any additional precautions that are required to protect the areas that have been reinstated and prevent further damage to the park. It has come to light that there are several areas of stagnant water where the grounds have not been able to drain sufficiently after heavy rainfall and a decision has been made following several assessments with both Lambeth Parks and EventLambeth to ensure the safety of the public that the site area for the Sunfall event taking place on the 9 July will move to cover a new footprint. This footprint will result in the footpath from Herne Hill Gate up to Brockwell Hall being inaccessible during the hours of 09:00 until park closure at approximately 21:00 on Saturday 9 July. The footpath will remain open during all other...

Update – Reinstatement on Clapham Common

Following further assessment of the damage to Clapham Common Event site we can confirm that chain harrowing and levelling took place at the start of this week once the ground had dried out, and  further chain harrowing and reseeding is taking place today (Friday 11th) throughout the affected areas. The footpath has had an initial clean and further action is ongoing with Veolia to ensure the remaining mud is cleared off. In addition our reinstatement company has recommended fertiliser to be put on the grounds which will take place in the next couple of weeks to encourage and help the seed to grow. If you have any questions about this please contact the events team on 020 7926 6207 or events@lambeth.gov.uk...

Reinstatement on Clapham Common

We wanted to let local residents know what is happening on the Clapham Common Event Site, the area between Long Pond and Long Road which backs on to the Basketball Court and Skate Park, which forms no more than 10% of the Common.   Following  the SW4 event which took place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August and the torrential rain that preceded and followed it, despite robust planning for wet weather contingencies there was still some damage to the ground surface of the common during the build and de-rig of this event. EventLambeth and the Parks team have been working closely with the event organisers to ensure that no further damage took place and to assess the reinstatement required. On the Tuesday 1st September we and the parks team were onsite with the company who will be undertaking the reinstatement to assess the site and look at the best and most resilient way to repair the damage.  Their opinion was that in the first instance the ground needed to dry out before any work could take place to prevent further damage.  This is why they did not start until Monday 7th September.  They also recommended a combination of chain harrowing which breaks up the surface mud to allow the existing grass underneath to come through and levelling and reseeding of areas that required it. After allowing the ground to dry out, they started with the chain harrowing on Monday 7th September and will continue with the remainder of the work over the rest of this week – until it is completed.  To protect the ground and members of the...