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Potters Fields Park

November 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to our final quarterly newsletter of 2016.... and what a year it has been again. We've had the pleasure to work with many local organisations and charities in the area. We held our first Royal Big Lunch Community festival, installed insect hotels, resurfaced paths, renovated lawns and saw our new bluebell meadow bloom. With many more projects in the pipeline, 2017 looks set to be even better and we hope you continue to enjoy the park.
Do you love the park?

We're delighted that Potters Fields Park was nominated for the Time Out 'Love London' awards for the second year running. Last year we were runner-up so it would be great to clinch the top spot this year for 'local culture' in Bermondsey, London Bridge and Borough.

There is still time to vote so if you love the park as much as we do then please click on the link below and share with anyone you know;

http://www.timeout.com/london/lovelondonawards#/vote/bermondsey%2C_london_bridge_and_borough/local_culture

New planting section on website

Potters Fields Park supports a huge array of plants and you can now explore them in detail by visiting the planting section on our website; http://pottersfields.co.uk/about-us/planting-in-the-park/

There are over 50 species in the beds and many tree species throughout the park. “Due to the nature of the planting scheme and its sustainable management regime it is considered to be a significant local resource for both foraging and nesting insects“– The Ecology Consultancy.

The colourful herbaceous garden at the back of the park was designed by Piet Oudolf, world famous plantsman who designed the highline in New York.

The naturalistic garden design means that planting is left up over autumn and winter which saves on water and plant replacements. It also encourages wildlife on site.

Forthcoming events
We are now entering the quiet Autumn and Winter period so there will not be many events in the park until early next year.

Christmas lighting event - Thurs 5th December
We will be holding a small lighting event on the park again in conjunction with Team London Bridge and More London Estate. This will involve a lantern parade with children from Snowsfields Primary & Tower Bridge Primary schools, starting at 4pm on the park. After the lights have been switched on the children will lead a parade through More London Estate to Hayes Galleria to sing carols under their Christmas Tree.

 

One Tower Bridge

We are now nearing the completion of the One Tower Bridge development which is scheduled to finish in January 2017. Works will however continue on the retail units and Theatre space on the ground floor until Summer 2017 when they are due to open.

The 'London Theatre Company' plans to take on the cultural space in One Tower Bridge with a 900-seat theatre. This will be run by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr who oversaw 12 years at the National Theatre.  

A lot of thought has gone into how this will affect the park and mitigation measures have been put in place to minimise damage to the lawns.

To find out more on the Theatre space please visit http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/8421

Planting for honeybees
Bermondsey Street Bees have recently created a pocket size guide on planting for honeybees. This great little booklet is packed full of information about the best suited plants for the space you have available. Be it a large garden or windowsill, you can find tips on what works best in the space and which time of year to plant.

The Park has 4 bee hives on site so we know how important it is to provide enough forage for them to survive and thrive. A single beehive needs to gather around 50kg of pollen and 250kg of nectar every year to survive.

Bermondsey Street Bees have kindly given us some boxes of the guides to distribute so if you would like to pick one up please get in touch or talk to one of our gardeners on the park. You can also contact Bermondsey Street Bees direct on www.bermondseystreetbees.co.uk.
Gardening tips for November 2016
  • Insulate your outdoor containers as the temperature drops
  • Clear up fallen leaves and compost or mulch
  • Put out bird feed and water as Winter is tough for birds
  • Prevent waterlogging of containers by raising off the ground
  • Reduce watering of houseplants as light levels decrease
  • Plant tulips and daffodils
  • Check bonfires before they're lit for sheltering animals
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