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Potters Fields Park

February Newsletter

Welcome to our first quarterly newsletter of 2017. There are lots of exciting plans for the park this year as we roll out further improvements to the planting and wildlife habitats. We will also be introducing free fitness classes and community projects on the park so keep checking our website for updates. We hope you continue to enjoy the park and welcome any feedback or suggestions.
Christmas on the park

The Christmas lights and lantern parade in December was another great success. This annual event saw classes from Tower Bridge Primary and Snowsfields Primary Schools work with 'Arts Desire' to create some amazing lanterns in the run up to the event.

The Mayor of Southwark attended to turn on the lights (which came on at the right time this year) and to lead the schools and public in some carol singing.

Team London Bridge kindly helped organise the event and the parade from the park to the Christmas tree at Hay's Galleria.

We'd also like to thank everyone who donated to our 'Santa Paws' collection for the Blue Cross charity. We were able to deliver over three sacksful of goodies to the charity.

Bees' Needs award

The Green Flag Award ran their Bees’ Needs competition again in 2016 and we’re pleased to announce that Potters Fields Park was ‘Commended’.

The Award is presented to Green Flag Award or Green Flag Community Award winning parks and green spaces in England that have made improvements to encourage pollinators across towns, cities and the wider countryside.

Habitat loss is a key factor affecting pollinator population and this award looks to increase awareness and contribute to improved pollinator-friendly environments.  Applicant sites are required to prove that they are making positive changes to their green spaces that encourage and increase pollinator-friendly habitats and food sources throughout the year.

To find out more about our bees and hives on the park please visit here.

Forthcoming events
Days of Poland - 30th April
This family friendly Polish festival, organised by 2SistersPR, is held to celebrate Polish culture in the UK. There will be contemporary Polish folk music, arts and tasty cuisine.

The Big Picnic - 18th June

Potters Fields Park Trust is organising it's Big Picnic community festival again which will take place on Potters Fields and St Johns Churchyard. There will be lots of local organisations involved and family fun activities.

Indonesian festival - 22nd - 23rd July

The park will host the Indonesian cultural festival this July. As last year, there will be lots of cultural activities and food stalls to enjoy.

Thames festival - 15th - 17th Sept

The Thames festival will be bringing lots of interesting activities and installations to the park as part of their month long programme of events.

Chinese Food festival - TBC in Sept

The Chinese Food festival will return to the park this September on either the 2nd or 4th weekend. More details to follow but there will be lots of great food.

Great British Spring Clean

The Great British Spring Clean is a campaign with one simple ambition. To bring together people from across the country to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and coastline.

Through March 2017, the GB Spring Clean team want to inspire 500,000 people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us. You’ll join an ever growing band of people who have had enough of other people’s litter, are willing to donate their time to help clear it up and want to see an end to littering.

The Trust is supporting the campaign this year and we are encouraging locals to organise their own event in the area. For more information please get in touch with us here.  

Historical ordnance maps of the park
Southwark Council have shared with us the historical Ordnance Survey maps of the park from 1860 to 2002. These maps can be found on our website here.

Potters Fields park is the result of a merging of a former recreation ground (that had been created from a disused burial ground) with an open space created in the 1970s when former riverside warehouses and wharves were demolished. The William Curtis Ecology Park, Britain’s first urban ecology park, was established temporarily on this derelict land that included the site of the park in 1976 and remained until 1985. 

As you can see there has been quite a change. If you’d like to find out more about the park’s history you can also take a look at our history section here.
Gardening tips for February 2017
  • Aerate lawns with a fork and/or metal tine rake
  • Prune dead, diseased or frost damaged wood on Roses
  • Tidy up any leaves left and clear weeds from perennial beds. If planting has been left up for winter, cut back perennials to just above ground level
  • Tidy up window boxes by removing unwanted plant material and refreshing the soil with new compost. Make any repairs to window boxes now
  • Start to purchase your seeds for salads and veg and any flowers for the coming year
  • At the end of February when weather is starting to improve, plant any trees or shrubs you have chosen. Top dress with a good compost/mulch
  • As the days get longer give house plants a touch more water. Prune dead and weak parts of the plants out. If plants have become too big for their pots, repot into larger pots
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