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Potters Fields Park

August 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to our August newsletter. What a busy year it has been so far. There have been lots of changes on the park and at the Trust. We welcome a new Parks & Event Manager called Helen and two new members of the Gavin Jones gardening team, Shyres and Seth. The Trust is now managing St John's Churchyard park across the road from Potters Fields and we have lots of great plans in the pipeline to improve both spaces.
St John's Churchyard
The Trust has now taken over the management of St John's Churchyard park, which lies to the South of Tooley Street, just across the road from Potters Fields Park. You will see immediate changes and improvements, with our dedicated gardening and cleaning team a regular daily presence. Please do say hello when you see them and feel free to ask any questions.

There are some immediate actions we've taken and one of these was to fence off the play equipment currently situated outside the playground. This is only a temporary measure as we submit our Planning application to the Council to upgrade the entire playground.

The Planning application and our plans for improvements to the park can be found on the new website There has been extensive consultation with residents over the last two years to develop these plans.

We thoroughly look forward to working with local residents to improve this space for everyone. Should you wish to get in touch please do so on
Upcoming maintenance
Grass repairs - We have had a busy summer of events on the park and the grass is looking quite sorry for itself. On the 24th September there will be some remedial lawn repairs taking place and aeration and re-seeding. We will then be conducting further grass repairs in the month of October to have it looking it's absolute best. The park has an enormous footfall, given it's location next to Tower Bridge, so maintaining the grass is a constant task. The Trust has recently conducted a full soil survey through the countries leading grass specialists to devise a more sustainable process going forward. This will mean more frequent lawn aeration and seeding throughout the year and should be a very positive thing for the park. 

Path surface by Tower Bridge - the surface by Tower Bridge is being replaced and levelled and the bollards removed in the next 6-8 weeks. This work is happening in conjunction with the Bridge Master House re-development.
Anti-social behaviour
We are aware of the ongoing issues of anti-social cycling on the park as well as late night busking. Cycling and busking are not a breach of the park byelaws. However cycling dangerously on one wheel is anti-social behaviour and should be reported to the Police. We are working hard with Southwark Council, the Police and our neighbouring Estates to remove this issue from the area. This will involve increased security, barriers and signage.

Please do help us by reporting any anti-social behaviour to us and the Police, taking note of the incident number. 

The noise from the buskers is also a breach of the Park byelaws and should be reported to Southwark Council's enforcement team on
Time-lapse video
One year time-lapse of Potters Fields Park
Our time lapse video is still available to watch so please take a look to see the beautiful seasons unfold on Potters Fields Park.

If you would like to know what type of plants are in our beds you can find this in our planting section on the website here.
Forthcoming events

Thames Plastic installation - Fri 1st September
A 'Maria Arceo' commission for the Totally Thames Festival. This 3-dimensional footprint, made from plastic waste recovered from the Thames, will evoke the overwhelming scale of plastic litter.

Chinese Food festival - Fri 8th & Sun 10th September
The park will host the Chinese Food festival again this  September. As last year, there will be lots of cultural activities and food stalls to enjoy.

Run the River charity run - Tues 12th September
Organised by Teach first, this annual charity run will see 3,000 runners take part in a 10k route, starting and ending on Potters Fields park.

JDRF charity walk- Sun 24th September
Organised by JDRF, the type 1 diabetes charity, this charity walk will start and end on Potters Fields park.

Green Flag Award 2017

Potters Fields Park has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world. We are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”

Gardening tips for August 2017
  • Feed the soil with green manures
  • Keep container plants well-watered, at least once a day making sure the compost doesn’t dry out completely
  • Trim your Lavender
  • During dry and hot weather, ideally keep your grass height longer
  • Prune Climbing Roses & Wisteria
  • Dead head Lilies
  • Collect seed from garden plants
  • Harvest Spring sown Carrots & Runner beans
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