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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Lewisham Greening Fund

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Cllr Sophie McGeevor joins Hana Sutch to share her thoughts in this podcast on the importance of Lewisham’s parks and open spaces, park groups, Council waste management, getting involved with local government and more…

Podcast link: https://t.co/uJ6JUpCuSK?amp=1

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The historical meaning of #Lewisham is ‘home amongst the meadows’…

  • Wildflower meadow at Mountsfield Park community garden, Catford
  • Southern wildflower meadow at Mountsfield Park, Catford
  • Yellow rattle in western wildflower meadow at Mountsfield Park, Catford
  • Chinbrook meadows
  • Chinbrook 'Meadow'
  • Beckenham Place Park
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National Meadows Day

National Meadows Day 6th July

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Dyer's greenweed growing in a wildflower meadow ©Miles King

It’s national meadows day and I thought this would be a good point to write something about them.

Meadows  – the word is deep within our collective memory – it crops up on branded packaging for fake supermarket farms, decaying council estates from the 50s, and even beyond these shores. Meadow Lane is the location where some of the darkest action in the classic David Lynch neo-noir Blue Velvet take place.  It’s the one place you did not want to end up.

The word is old – from the proto-germanic medwo – “land covered in grass which is grown for hay”, though interestingly while we follow that root, in German the word is now Wiese. I suspect that grass is used here to describe a sward composed of grasses and other wildflowers, because it would never have just been grass let alone one kind of grass. A typical wildflower meadow…

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Want to start or formalise a park or open space friends group?

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Information and links from the Parks Community UK website about which legal structure should you choose for your group? What should happen at your AGM? What is the role of the chair? Find out here.

“Sample constitution for a Friends group.

A sample constitution for a new friends group.

Sample Constitution

This is a sample constitution for an small friends group.

Holding an Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Find out how to organise and run your AGM.

Sample Meeting Agenda

This is a sample set of minutes for a groups committee meeting.

How to be an effective chairperson

The chair or chairperson is a key role on any voluntary management committee.

How to be an effective secretary

Each management committee will have its own way of doing things and the way in which work is shared out can depend on the skills, interests or amounts of time that a person has to offer.

How to be an effective treasurer

The treasurer works closely with the management committee to safeguard the organisation’s finances, with a watchdog role over all aspects of financial management.

Friends’ Forum Sample Constitution

An example of a constitution for a Friend’s forum.”

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