Weed Trial Wednesday 14th February 2020 at Mountsfield Park

Lewisham Council parks team and their parks and open spaces contractor Glendale are trialling a series of approaches to weed control to avoid use of herbicide on our streets and open green spaces. Lewisham Parks and open spaces Friends Groups have been invited to observe weed removal via hot foam and flame gun. The photos below show weed removal at Mountsfield Park by use of a flame gun.

Grass removal between paving slabs with a flame gun.
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Update from Lewisham Council Green Scene Parks Team – May 2020

Dear All

We do hope you and your loved ones are keeping well and have adjusted to circumstances in this unprecedented time.

The challenges have been great for all and significant changes have had to be made in all our personal and working lives. As we in the Parks team have adjusted to new and socially distanced ways of working we are keen to catch up with our Friends groups, when meetings are not feasible at this time, to say hello, ensure you are updated and emphasise we are still here for any concerns/queries you may have!

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A message from LGFN

London Friends of Green Spaces Network sent out this information following a recent parks survey

Parks and Covid19 survey – results. Thanks for the incredible response to the survey requested by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. Over 840 groups across the UK responded with helpful information. Read the Government statement with a quote from our very own Dave Morris. Read the summary report of the survey. It is heartening that the overwhelming majority of parks remain open and that most groups feel that members of the public are adhering to social distancing.

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MESSAGE FOR PARK USER GROUPS Message from Parks for London to Heads of Parks Services and Supporters:

 LONDON FRIENDS OF GREENSPACES NETWORK
MESSAGE FOR PARK USER GROUPS
 Message from Parks for London to Heads of Parks Services and Supporters: 
 
Dear Heads of Parks Services and Supporters
 
You have all been doing a great job to keep our parks open. Thank you. I’ve seen footage of worse problems in German, French & Japanese parks. If you have not already closed your park carparks then we strongly advise that you do this to discourage people travelling further than their local parks.
 
We are working with non-local authority heads of park services, the GLA & London Councils to update current messaging both on our website and the Mayor of London website ahead of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend; we will use Twitter to promote the messaging.
 
The proposed guidance for the duration of the lockdown are given below, in line with government advice including that people can leave their homes for exercise once a day:Stay local and use parks and green spaces close to your homeOnly go outside alone or with members of your own householdKeep at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household at all timesKeep moving and spread out when you are in parks or green spacesGatherings of more than two people in parks or other public spaces have been banned, this will be enforced by the policeMake use of your garden if you have one to help reduce visits to parks and green spacesKeep your dog on a lead in public spaces to ensure you can safely keep 2 metres away from othersTake litter and dog mess home with youFollow hygiene advice when you are outside and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoorsPlease bear in mind that the Government’s scheduled guidance is due for an update on Monday 13th April, so we will update you again next week.

Many thanks for your enduring work.
Kind regards
 
Tony Leach
Chief Executive, Parks for London
020 7983 4495 | 07941 069351 | tony.leach@parksforlondon.org.uk Wishing everyone good health at this difficult time.Dave MorrisLFGN chair
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To keep residents safe from infection and spread of Coronavirus, Lewisham Council has closed all play equipment, outdoor gyms, bmx and skate parks — mountsfieldpark

To keep residents safe from infection and spread of Coronavirus, Lewisham Council has closed all play equipment, outdoor gyms, bmx and skate parks until further notice. Observe social distancing and stay at least 2 metres apart. More information: https://lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/openspaces/parks

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We should be making our parks and open spaces more wheelchair accessible

We should be making our parks and open spaces more wheelchair accessible. Many of our medium and larger sized parks in the London Borough of Lewisham do not have reliable toilet facilities or suitable play equipment. Photo by @conradcookson

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Another good year for #LewishamParks coming in at 3rd place in the @ParksforLondon #GoodParksforLondon 2019 survey. Great work from the #GreenScene team @LewishamCouncil & @GlendaleLew. Parks are the hearts & lungs of the borough accessible to all. #Parks #GreenSpaces

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