The venue was maybe small for the number of participants but we managed to squeeze in.
We had much to report from a year of changes and many challenges, the administration of what was left of the “open space works” from the previous years, the very demanding WildLife Area Cleaner, Greener, Saver award delivery and the Green Flag award entry, just to mentions the main ones.
Still we were happy to take on the burden because we know that to do something good one has to start on one’s doorstep!!
A new Committee has been elected and we want specially thanks Daniel that has been FoSSP chair for several , significant years and Frank that has had to leave late last year.
Julian was elected chair and Ewan takes its place as secretary.
Thanks to anyone for their efforts and persistence.
Full minute can be obtained on request.
Our little park has been honoured with being selected as one of the London parks to have bid for a Green Flag award. The Friends of Surrey Square Park have been working closely with the Southwark Park Authority to further improve our green oases (bins have been added, new plants added and general landscaping and gardening accomplished).
Soon the judges will be coming to inspect our works and we are honoured that we have been taken into consideration for this prestigious award.
After much delay and heartache the works resulted from FoSSP winning last year Cleaner, Greener, Safer award have been completed.
This in the sense that the award has been spent and the schedule for the wind-down of the various activities connected to it completed.
It has been a wild rollercoaster for all of us and the works have been the subject of much controversy.
The works have been resulted however in the further integration of the WildLife Area to the rest of Surrey Square Park and has brought together the participation of many local volunteers.
Thanks to anyone that has collaborated, helped and shown they care for our little park.
Some pages on the project will be published soon.
The Cleaner, Greener, Safer Award financed works on the WildLife Area of our Park have began in November. The original proposals can be found here but in the course of the planning of the work some aspects have been transmogrified to an extent it could be skirting controversy, and we as the friends of Surrey Square Park have certainly a challenge in our hand.
Serge has been delegated to be the point of contact and FoSSP representative for this works (his website dealing with the works- obviously work in progress- can be found here). Fortunately FoSSP has a solid experience in large (for the size of our Park) project execution and management and this will help in making sure that the project delivery and management will be to accountable and that the Award will be used thrifty and efficiently.
We also are in the process of delivering some supplementary leaflets to the residents explaining what is happening.
A copy can be seen below:
WHAT’S HAPPENING TO THE SURREY SQUARE PARK WILDLIFE AREA?
You will have noticed there has been major landscaping and clearance of vegetation recently.
We want to reassure you that the works are designed to increase the diversity of flowers, plants, bird and wildlife. In time the area will bloom and grow again.
The works (see drawing below) include:
Work is expected to be completed by Spring 2014.
The works are funded and managed by Southwark Council’s Cleaner Greener Safer programme www.southwark.gov.uk/info/200256/cleaner_greener_safer and are being carried out by TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) www.tcv.org.uk
On the 5 October 2013 we had an important meeting at the beautiful setting of the Pembroke House thanks, as usual, to Daniel.
I am always happy to go over-there, the quiet, the odour of sanctity (well…something of sort, anyway), I found, are very conductive to thinking and problem solving.
It was an important occasion because of the projects we have on the stove.
The residual funds from the Community Space program and above all for the Cleaner, Greener, Safer Award that will transform the Wild Life Area section of our beloved park.
A succinct version of the minutes can be found at Serge Website and the full version can be requested writing to us.
Importantly we have continued to have informal meetings at several times, in addition to meeting with Council Officials contractors, sub-contractors, etc, as we found out from previous works experience, that comparing and discussing problems as they manifest themselves, is the best way to tackle and resolve them.
We had a good meeting the last Saturday, 8 June 2013 at Pembroke House ( St Christopher’s Church, 80 Tatum Street, London SE17 1QR).
We had plenty to discuss amongst other the outcome of the Spring event, the advancement along the Byzantine bureaucracy to obtain the sign for the WildLife Area the Sustainability Grant and especially the training courses where we should learn an introduction to writing a Management Plan and specifically Managing an Urban Wildlife Area.
For more information and minutes write to us.
Thanks again to Julian and Frank the Friends have won an Offer of Sustainability Grant -Surrey Square Park Regeneration from Community Spaces (Groundwork UK). This funds were difficult to secure and they come as corollary to the larger grant from the same Community Spaces people to maintain the work done.
“Congratulations! On behalf of the Community Spaces Program I am pleased to offer Friends of Surrey Square Park (FoSSP) a sustainability grant for up to a maximum of £3,500.00. This grant is specifically to fund the sustainability of your completed project. Conservation Training and Conservation Management Plan“
Also we won the Cleaner, Greener, Safer bid we made last autumn to the Walworth Community Council.
So we really need all the hands on deck to help each other in delivering these new resources to our little Park.