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Potters Fields Park

January 2016 Newsletter

Happy belated New Year and welcome to our first newsletter of 2016. What a year 2015 was, moving park office, planting 10,000 bluebells, the new boundary with One Tower Bridge, installing 'Big Belly bins', hosting our first Christmas lighting and lantern parade to name but a few. We are really excited about the year ahead and hope you will join us in making the park even more amazing.
Path resurfacing and drainage repairs
The new border with One Tower Bridge is now complete and we have been able to open up the back path again. This has given us a much bigger lawn 3 and new access routes to Tooley Street. There has been some snagging with the drainage on this lawn so Berkeley Homes are currently conducting repairs.

At the same time we have been re-surfacing some of the paths on the park which were in need of repair. This should be completed by the 14th February and we appreciate your patience while this important work takes place.
Forthcoming events
Greggs coffee cups - Tuesday 1st March
Greggs will be installing three cup shaped beds and giving away coffees on the park to highlight their coffee range.

Globe Theatre installation - Sat 23rd - Sun 25th April
To celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare, the Globe Theatre are planning a large scale event along the river. The park will play host to a part of this and more information will follow soon.

Days of Poland - Sun 1st May
The park is pleased to be hosting the Days of Poland cultural festival again. This is the third year of the event and will host a whole range of Polish cultural food and entertainment.

Indonesian Festival - Sat 28th May
We are in talks with the organisers to host an Indonesian cultural festival on the park. We will update with more information as plans progress.

Big Lunch and Queen's 90th birthday party - Sun 12 June
The Big Lunch will return to the park this Sunday 12th June. We will be working closely with the local residents to create a fun packed day so fingers crossed the sun is shining. As an added bonus this is the same day as the Queen's 90th birthday party on the Mall in London.

Bluebells coming through

The 10,000 bluebells that were planted by our gardeners and children from Snowsfields Primary and Tower Bridge Primary schools have started to emerge. If you'd like to see their progress take a look behind Fratellis café on the park. These native bluebells will start to flower in April and to protect their first year of growth we have put up some plastic fencing.

Bluebell fact of the day; gummy bluebell sap was used to bind pages into the spines of books. Bronze Age people used bluebell to set feathers upon arrows, known as fletching. Bluebell bulbs were crushed to provide starch for the ruffs of Elizabethan collars and sleeves. Legend also says that a field of bluebells is intricately woven with fairy enchantments (Woodland Trust)

Christmas lighting & lantern parade

Thank you to everyone who took part in and attended our first Christmas lighting and lantern parade. This took place on a very windy and wet Monday in November and involved children from the two local primary schools. 
The Park Trust had engaged a creative consultant to provide workshops for children at the schools over the month of November. They were able to learn new skills and have fun making some incredible lanterns. Thanks also to all the collaborative organisations that made this event possible. It's great to work closely with the likes of Team London Bridge, Southwark Council, One Tower Bridge and More London Estate. We hope to expand on this event next year and involve even more of the community.
Gardening tips for February
  • Pruning - there is quite a lot of pruning to be getting on with this month. Prune your Wisteria and conservatory climbers as well as evergreen hedges and winter flowering shrubs
  • Vegetables - chit potato tubers and you can sow some vegetable seeds under cover
  • Bulbs - divide snowdrop bulbs and clear leaves away from any bulbs sprouting
  • Bed preparation - continue to dig over existing beds and borders incorporating as much organic matter as possible

Santa Paws collection

Over the Christmas period, Albert (our head gardeners pet Pug) and friends helped collect donations for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. We had a great response from the many locals who use the park and were able to deliver several sacks full of toys and treats to all the needy dogs and cats at Battersea.

We'd also like to thank Norton Rose and all their staff who took part in the collections. If you would like to help next year or encourage your company to collect then please get in touch on

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