Brockwell Park

Shocking decision by Lambeth...

It would appear that Lambeth Council has decided to unilaterally go ahead with their planning for "significant regeneration", another word for demolition, of Cressingham Gardens at the edge of Brockwell Park despite overwhelming objections by residents and the community.   Cllr Jim Dickson, Herne Hill Councillor and member of Lambeth Cabinet, has apparently agreed to this without making any objections or comments at the Lambeth Cabinet meeting despite its impact of this potential development on Brockwell Park users and the Health & Wellbeing of the wider community. 


More written about this on the Save Cressingham blog, including Cllr Dickson's response:


Cressingham Gardens residents have also set up a community-funded Fighting Fund to challenge Lambeth council.  If you wish to donate:

Herne Hill Society magazine (issue #129) now online

You can now read Herne Hill (issue #129), the magazine of the Herne Hill Society, online via high resolution and zoomable scans. Stories include "New Ideas for the Half Moon," "Combating Crime in Brockwell Park," notes on the English Heritage award for restoration of the Brockwell Park clocktower, a review of the Lost Effra Project (community-based water management strategy launched by London Wildlife Trust and commissioned by DEFRA and the Carnegie UK Trust) and Shelley Silas recounts the Fun Palace at the Lido. View at:

Found Festival proposed for Brockwell Park - what do you think?

Lambeth Council have received an application to hold an event in Brockwell Park.


They are wishing to get feedback about the application - is it the right sort of event? What safeguards need to be in place? 


This event may bring in £54,000 to Lambeth Council but where would that income be spent?


There will be a steel barrier erected round the event site - how does that affect other park users?


The event organisers believe that "this event will provide the local community with an alternative summer days out celebrating some of the best music culture to emerge on the Electronic [Dance] music scene across the UK and across the world". Will it?


Download the full application here.

Protest March to Save Cressingham Gardens

This Saturday 18th October residents and wider community plan to march to Lambeth Town Hall in protest at plans to regenerate the Cressingham Gardens estate which could lead to the partial or complete demolition of nearly 300 homes on the edge of Brockwell Park.  All are welcome to join.  The march will be leaving at 11am from the rotunda on Cressingham Gardens.



Herne Hill Music Festival Super Sunday - 4 events with 3 in the Park!

After leading with music from Opal Flutes in Carnegie Library and a Youth Jazz Showcase at St Saviour's, Herne Hill Music Festival's Saturday finished with a well-attended recital from the Belvil Trio at St Faith's to benefit international development charity Practical Action.


Now it's time for Super Sunday - which means four events in one day, two free and two ticketed, with the first three in Brockwell Park, on Oct. 12th. Events begin with chamber choir The Friends' Musick's 'Noonday Serenade' (11:30-12:30) and founder member Annie Bright urges everyone to come up to Brockwell Hall to join her for some madrigals, rounds and audience participation! Plus some great views. We spoke with Annie at the Carnegie Library on Saturday afternoon after Opal Flutes' lunchtime concert - while the the flautists were packing up. See video below.


Brockwell Lido Fun Palace is tomorrow, Oct 5th

Ready or not, rain or shine, here it comes! The temperature is rising for Fun Palace day at the Lido! The Brockwell Lido Fun Palace is tomorrow Sunday Oct 5th. Image from BL Fun Palace organiser @shelleysilas on Twitter: "Almost complete ...@BLIDOFUNPALACE #funpalaces @Brockwell_Lido".

You can see Fun Palace pictures from around the country on Instagram using the hashtag search #FunPalaces • For more information about the Lido Palace:

Brockwell Park Fireworks - ticket only and well hidden

Our thanks to Brixton Buzz for helping cooperative council processes by informing everyone of Lambeth Councils proposals for the Bonfire Night this year in Brockwell Park.


Lambeth Council have decided to charge for entry to the event. In order to ensure that non-payers cannot get a view of how our council tax is being invested they are relocating the display to the far side of the park in the dip between Brockwell Hall and Brockwell Park Gardens/Cressingham Gardens.


Brixton Buzz had the map of the layout of the event on their blog for download. Unfortunately the organising company was not keen to get the information out as to how they plan to layout the park and sent a legal letter to ensure that the download was removed.


More information about the budgets for the event are still available here.


If you live in Herne Hill Ward you may wish to comment to your local councillors on this new approach:


Friendly 10K in Brockwell Park on Sunday 26th October

Has the Commonwealth Games inspired you again to pull on your trainers? Well here's your chance to challenge yourself to run a 10K race for a great cause! Whether you're a competitive athlete, run the odd parkrun, or are brand new to running, get involved in our local, friendly and great value event. Organised by Herne Hill Harriers running club, all proceeds will go to the Emer Casey Foundation, which funds ovarian, uterine and endometrial cancer research. 


Race details: 

Make history at Moth Night in Brockwell Park!

In 2011, Brockwell Park was in the news for being the site where a rare species of moth was discovered by volunteer conservationists. The group discovered the rare Jersey Tiger moth – until recently only found in the Channel Islands and the far south of England.


Could you also do the same? Make history while taking part in ... you guessed it ... a Brockwell Park moth night! MOTH NIGHT will be on again soon in Brockwell Park, Friday 8 August, 8pm. It should be a good gathering to find more amazing moths. Moth expert and chairman of the Kent Butterfly Conservation Group David Gardner again leads. National Moth Night was in July but you may be able to record your findings on the night at

Goldilocks & the Three Endings in Brockwell Park, commissioned for the Walled Garden

Having just completed their recital last Sunday marking the centenary of the start of World War I (with Charles Dance, Jason Flemyng and Sixteen Feet actors) Sixteen Feet Productions carry on in Brockwell Park with 'Goldilocks and the Three Endings', an interactive promenade fairy tale especially commissioned for the Walled Garden, until August 11th. This is a new play by Andrew S. Walsh with original music by Guy Holden. Tickets and schedule from  07958 448 690


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