Last night the Ceremony for the Official Opening of the Cherry Walk took place in the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. Sean Rafferty, the extraordinary host of BBC's Radio 3 In Tune was the official guest of honour. The Cherry Walk was commissioned and funded by the Friends of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. The designer, world-renowned landscaper Todd Longstaff-Gowan was also present at the ceremony. The Friends committee was there in force as were members of local organisations, Lambeth Council and the local community. Chair Paola Piglia and Vice Chair David Wheeler gave short speeches to introduce the project and the guests of honour. Mr Rafferty cut the ribbon and unveiled the plaque ( which will be fixed in place in the next month or so). It was a very pleasant event and the Friends and the community all look forward to the many years of flowering and dry path across the park !
It was a fierce competition and there were many worthy winners in all the categories, including: Neo, Rocky, Maya, Maddie, Bonbon, Fendi, Cocobel, Chuck, Sweetie Pie, Poppy, Bernie and Portia, but it was Alpha ( the large white German Shepherd/Malamute) who bagged Best in Show.
Thank you to all the participants. All went home with at least one rosette!
A huge thanks to David Amos for judging and to Cosimo and Maria for being his assistants!
ENTER YOUR DOG IN THIS FUN DOG SHOW ORAGANISED BY THE FRIENDS OF VAUXHALL PLEASURE GARDENS. Registration starts at 1.30 pm for 2 pm show.
Sunday 23rd April in the area between the Tea House and the Black dog pub.
Prizes and rosettes for all!
Today the FoVPG with huge help from Community Payback, Vauxhall City Farm and Lambeth have planted thousands of crocus corms bought for the Rotary Club, Purple4Polio charity.
There was a lot of digging and planting, pizza, tea and drinks. Everyone worked very hard and we shall have to wait next spring to see the results! A HUGE thanks to all who helped! We could have not done it without you!
Work on the FOVPG's Cherry Walk scheme started last Monday and should take about 4 weeks to complete. The drainage plan for the resolution of the flooding of the diagonal path has already been completed. Next will be the laying of the new path and finally the planting of the trees and making good of grass etc. It si going to be fabulous!
Finally Cabinet Gallery opened tonight . A great addition to the area and the Friends of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens wish Charles and Andrew all the best!
Check this FT article where the Pleasure Gardens are mentioned as ' slightly scruffy south London park". We'll we'll show them!
Some months ago DSDHA and The Friends of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens had entered a competition for the The Planning & Placemaking Awards for the entrance, the statues and the lowering of the mounds. Their entry has has been shortlisted in TWO categories: Award for community-led place-making AND Award for London Placemaking. The Awards presentation will take place on Wednesday 29th June at Savoy Place, 2 Savoy Pl, London WC2R 0BL. Fingers crossed!
Today 6 of us spent 4 hours of very heavy duty weeding, and we finished!!! We think the beds look great. Vauxhall One has offered to contribute £ 250 to the project and we are going to use it to cover the cost of the bark and to buy some more plants. A HUGE thanks to all those who participated. It was a lot of work but well worth the effort.
This morning another weeding party set to work. Kate, Eamonn, Frances and Paola weeded part of the other bed. It was a huge job and the team managed to weed only half the flower bed in 3 1/2 hours, before a downpour stopped us. We need more volunteers to finish the job!!! Please come and help.
Today Kate and Paola had a weeding/pruning session at the flow bed by Glyn Street. It was a LOT of work ( both morning and afternoon) but the result was worth it. New week we'll take the other bed. Please Join us!
The Friends of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens have commissioned renowned landscape architect and historian Todd Longstaffe-Gowan (http://www.tlg-landscape.co.uk) to design a cheery tree walk on the diagonal path that leads from the main entrance to the park to the newly built Cabinet gallery and Tyers Street.
The ornamental flowering trees will be planted in clusters, will likely be a mix of native and exotic varieties to ensure maximum impact of colour variations, flowering times and sequencing to prolong the flowers. This will not only maximise the visual effect but also benefit pollinators throughout the spring and summer and allow for grater biodiversity. The project will also tackle the ongoing flooding of the path by raising and rebuilding it, as well as creating a swale gardens where the water will be redirected and absorbed by a cluster of willow trees.
The Friends are currently planning to fund the scheme and its maintenance , but are eager to find sponsors that can match fund their investment. Donations of single trees, tree clusters, tree guards or benches to be interspersed through the trees would be most welcome. All donations will be much appreciated and acknowledged.
This morning at 9.30 am The Hon Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi unveiled the statue of Basaveshwara.
Basaveshwara shares a conceptual relationship with Great Britain. He preached British values of freedom of speech, democracy, tolerance and equality of opportunity in the 12th century.The main aim of this project is to spread the message of Basaveshvara outside India and enhance the diversity of London. We want everyone to know that the idea of democracy was floated in India by Basaveshwara 700 years before Abraham Lincoln and he was someone who fought for civil liberties before Magna Carta was signed in Britain on 15th June 1215 AD.
The Friends of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens were presented with a cheque for £ 250.000 by Dr Neeraj Patil on behalf of the Basaveshwara Foundation. Four members of the FoVPG were present to receive this generous donation, for which they are extremely grateful.
Vauxhall Trust CIC has once again organised their Fire Festival. This year’s main show on the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens on Saturday 31st October 2015 (6.30-10pm) will be “The Legend of the Trickster God Loki and the Dark Elves”. The story of how Thor got his hammer. A combined arts spectacular featuring dancers, fire performers, poets, musicians and pyrotechnics told in front of the famous Vauxhall Bonfire.
Get there early as it will be very busy!
Chief Inspector Roy Smith has updated the Partnership with regards to a serious incident that took place in Vauxhall
At 1201HRS on the 20th September 2015 reports were received of shots being fired in Goding Street / Pleasure Gardens, Vauxhall. A male was seen being chased by a group of suspects and a firearm was discharged.
A male has been arrested in connection with this incident and enquiries are ongoing.
Anyone with information or potential CCTV footage is asked to contact the police on 101 quoting 1229257/15
Additional armed & un-armed patrols have been tasked to the Vauxhall area.
Yesterday the FOVPG had their AGM and a new committee was formed as stands as:
Chair: Paola Piglia
Vice Chair: Mark Harrison
Treasurer: Anne Whitaker
Secretary: Kate Pode
Extended committee -
The Farm- RVT / GBF (Jason Dickie) - VGERTA/Vauxhall 5 (Jean Uzoma) - KOV/Tea House -(Freddie Rushton)- Lambeth Council (David Amos or any other local councillor)
Co-opted members - David Wheeler - Diane Lawley
Thank you to all who have attended and hope to see you again at our next meeting on the 5 October ( venue tba)
As of 9 September 2015, the RVT becomes the first building in the nation to be listed for its place in LGBTQ history and heritage. It’s a brilliant recognition of the Tavern’s unique role in our country’s story, and also a vital protection against radical redevelopment.
Watch the video in the Guardian about the threat to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern:
Unfortunately over last weekend some serious crimes have been committed in the gardens. A violent fight erupted on Saturday morning between some youth or gangs, resulting into a non-fatal stabbing and other violent episodes. The police were called and arrests have been made, but the fact remind that families with children had to witness such crimes.
In the early hours of Sunday morning a sexual assault was perpetrated by the farm's paddocks, which have been cordoned off. After a time of relive peace we once again have to deal with these worrying episodes or violence. Very sad!