Russia Dock Woodland and Southwark Park are among eight open spaces in the borough which have secured grants of £10,000 each from the Queen Elizabeth II Fields London Legacy Fund.
The funding will be put towards new natural play equipment in Russia Dock Woodland whilst Southwark Park will see improvements to the paved area at Ada Salter Gardens and the installation of a new artificial cricket pitch.
Councillor Barrie Hargrove, cabinet member for transport, environment and recycling, said: “I am pleased to have been successful in the bids for the London Legacy Funding.
“We now have the opportunity to further invest in our parks with new play facilities for young people and landscape improvements.
“It’s been a fantastic year for our parks across the borough. Not only have we received new Green Flag Awards and opened a first class BMX track, but we’ve also had a really positive response from our recent resident satisfaction survey results.”
Val Shawcross, London Assembly member for Lambeth & Southwark, has officially opened the revamped farmyard at Surrey Docks Farm.
“I was delighted to be invited to open the new-look farmyard at Surrey Docks Farm,” said Val.
“The farm is a fantastic local charity and a real jewel in Rotherhithe’s crown. It’s fascinating fun to come and watch all the animals, and this morning as usual there were a number of children having a great time making friends with the goats. T
“he new surface in the yard will make cleaning and drainage easier and makes it very clear that visitors need to wash their hands after being in the animals’ area.
“Gary Jones the farm manager and his team have done a fantastic job – this project has been a real team effort, with input from staff, volunteers and farm committee members. Everyone has shown a great deal of perseverance which has paid off today.
“If you’ve not visited the farm before I highly recommend it – it’s a great day out for anyone of any age.’
The farmyard refurbishment project was funded by the Biffa Award scheme, the Worshipful Company of Farmers and British Land/Surrey Quays Shopping Centre who donated the proceeds of their 2012 Christmas Appeal.
The Bee Observation Centre officially opened at Stave Hill Ecology Park last week and provides a safe way for children and members of the public to watch a working glass fronted hive from a wooden hut without the risk of getting stung.
The kids who came to the opening were the reception year (4-5) from St John’s Primary School in Rotherhithe .
The hives are cared for by beekeeper of the year Sharon Bassey.
The fundraising campaign to replace the stolen sculpture of Dr Alfred Salter has raised over £16,000. Southwark Council will match all donations with the aim of reaching the £100,000 needed.
The Salter Statues Campaign is appealing to residents and local business to help raise the additional money to replace the statue of Dr Alfred Salter, which was stolen in 2011, and to create a new statue of his wife, Ada, who served as a councillor and Mayor of Bermondsey.
The campaign – spearheaded by Bermondsey and Rotherhithe residents – needs to raise £50,000 to fund new statues of the pair who lived in Bermondsey from the 1890s up until their deaths, which will be matched by the council.
The money will be used to buy two statues to be placed on Bermondsey Wall called Dr Salter’s Daydream 2013. The new statues have been designed by artist Diane Gorvin to create a family group which will include the original sculptures of their daughter Joyce, and her cat.
“Alfred and Ada Salter made a significant contribution to the welfare of Bermondsey and it will be a fitting tribute to raise enough money to buy the statues,” said Cllr Veronica Ward, cabinet member for Culture, Leisure and Sport.
“Southwark Council is generously matching the donations so I would encourage anyone to make a donation so we will be able to have a permanent reminder of their life and work in Bermondsey for years to come.”
Donations can be made through the website: www.salterstatues.co.uk
Diane welcomes additional photographs of Alfred and Ada Salter to ensure their likenesses are as accurate as possible. Any photos or contributions should be sent to [email protected] or call 020 7525 0860.
The Friends of Russia Dock Woodland are in the running for an Octavia Hill Award from the National Trust in recognition of their efforts to protect and enhance SE16’s 34-acre woodland.
Vote online now to show your support.
The London Oktoberfest is coming to Southwark Park this autumn.
After two weekends of beer-related festivities in Kennington Park in late September, the event will shift to Southwark Park for the first weekend of October.
Although the licence application is still pending with Southwark Council, the organisers are already advertising the Bermondsey venue on their website.
Diane Gorvin, the artist behind the original Dr Salter’s Daydream sculptures, has produced ideas for a new commission which will not only replace the stolen statue of Dr Alfred Salter but also include a new sculpture of his wife Ada.
The complete work will include the sculptures of their daughter Joyce and her cat which were placed in storage after the theft of the Dr Salter statue from the Thames Path in November 2011.
The Salter Statues Campaign has raised more than £10,000 so far. Treasurer Catherine Dale said: “It was devastating when the statue of Dr Salter was stolen but we are making the most of a bad situation by aiming to raise enough money to commemorate Ada Salter as well.”
Cllr Veronica Ward, Southwark’s cabinet member for culture, said: “We were very much saddened when Dr Alfred Salter’s statue was stolen in 2011.
“Our artworks are celebrated by our residents and play an important part in the lives of our local community. It is because of this that we have supported the Salter Statues group and have pledged to match the funding they raise to take steps to permanently replace the statues plus necessary security works.”
Artist Diane Gorvin said of her drawings: “Dr Salter’s Daydream 2013 will be expanded by the welcome addition of Ada, a remarkable woman who deserves recognition for her many good works to benefit the people of Bermondsey.
“Alfred and Ada Salter worked so hard that they did not have much time to relax, but after the birth of Joyce they made a garden at their home, a ‘green parlour’ where their ‘sunshine’ could play. This is the memory I wish to evoke for Dr Salter.”
Diane welcomes additional photographs of Alfred and Ada Salter to ensure their likenesses are as accurate as possible. Any photos or contributions should be sent to [email protected]
The Mayor of Southwark Cllr Althea Smith and cabinet member for transport, environment and recycling Cllr Barrie Hargrove have officially opened the new Irwell Garden Space.
Located on the corner of Albion Street and Neptune Street, the project was awarded Cleaner Greener Safer funding by the former Rotherhithe Community Council in September 2011.
The space was redesigned in consultation with the Irwell Estate Community, local businesses and Albion Street Steering Group to create a more open, safer area with clearer views through to the playground and over Albion Street and St Olav’s Church.
The transformation included new paving with a nautical centrepiece design, four new single seats and four newly planted trees with further shrub and grasses.
Cllr Barrie Hargrove said: “This sort of project is exactly what the Cleaner Greener Safer funding was designed for. We hope users of the garden space will now enjoy this pleasant and calming area for years to come.”
The Earl of Wessex’s visit to King’s Stairs Gardens was a memorable local occasion.