ANOTHER DAY OF BULB PLANTING!

Today Eamon, Jeremy, Frances, Kate and Paola were on site sorting out the remaining thousands of daffodils and other flowering bulbs. We had a major help from Michael and Colin ( from Lambeth Parks) , four great volunteers from BENEFACTO and a brilliant group of young people from the NEW SHOOTS program at Vauxhall City Farm . A HUGE THANKS TO ALL THAT HELPED US! We started at 8 am and continued in various shifts until 1.30pm but we finished planting them all! Come spring we should have quite a flowering !

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Bulb Planting today

Today some of the Friends ( but far too few) with the help of Lambeth and Vauxhall City Farm who lent us their Community Payback team we planted thousands of daffodils and other flowers on the mounds by the entrance. A HUGE THANKS to all those who helped!

Another planting will happen soon. Please come along. Every one welcome!

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Official Opening of the Cherry Walk by Sean Rafferty 8 May 2017

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 !

he Chair Paola Piglia and Vice chair David Wheeler introduce the project and the guests

he Chair Paola Piglia and Vice chair David Wheeler introduce the project and the guests

Guest of honour Sean Rafferty and designer Todd Longstaffe-Gowan

Guest of honour Sean Rafferty and designer Todd Longstaffe-Gowan

Paola hands scissors to Mr Rafferty

Paola hands scissors to Mr Rafferty

Sean Rafferty prefers to cut the ribbon

Sean Rafferty prefers to cut the ribbon

The deed is done: The Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens Cherry Walk is officially open!

The deed is done: The Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens Cherry Walk is officially open!

The Black granite plaque

The Black granite plaque

Guests at the opening

Guests at the opening

Theresa Hoare of Lambeth parks Development, Kate Pode, Eamonn McMahon talk to Sean Rafferty

Theresa Hoare of Lambeth parks Development, Kate Pode, Eamonn McMahon talk to Sean Rafferty

Theatricals from Harry Iggulden from the Tea House

Theatricals from Harry Iggulden from the Tea House

Caroll Bentall , Vauxhall City Farm manager and other farm representative with donkeys Bert and Ernie

Caroll Bentall , Vauxhall City Farm manager and other farm representative with donkeys Bert and Ernie

Carol shows off Bert and Ernie who were very good and did not eat the decorations

Carol shows off Bert and Ernie who were very good and did not eat the decorations

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ALPHA WINS BEST IN SHOW at the FOVPG DOG SHOW

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!

Alpha , winner of Best In Show is congratulated by other canine winners

Alpha , winner of Best In Show is congratulated by other canine winners

Winner of Most Like its Owener

Winner of Most Like its Owener

FOVPG DOG SHOW ON 23rd April at 2pm

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!

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Crocus hare has been planted

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!

Theresa Hoare and the Community Payback team

Theresa Hoare and the Community Payback team

Frances puts in the finishing touches

Frances puts in the finishing touches

This is what it should look next spring 

This is what it should look next spring 

WORK HAS STARTED ON THE CHERRY WALK!

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!

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Cabinet Gallery Opened tonight!!!

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!

https://www.ft.com/content/b8be754e-856b-11e6-8897-2359a58ac7a

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The FOVPG have been shortlisted for Planning and Placemaking Awards

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!

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WE DID IT!!! THE BEDS ARE LOOKING LOVELY

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.

The weeding party and guests

The weeding party and guests

Grace who was of great help

Grace who was of great help

Another young helper

Another young helper

BEFORE ( A ton of weeds)

BEFORE ( A ton of weeds)

That's what I call guerrilla gardening!

That's what I call guerrilla gardening!

Finito!

Finito!

Hopefully that will be it for a few weeks! Thanks to all that helped!!!

Hopefully that will be it for a few weeks! Thanks to all that helped!!!

 

 

 

MORE WEEDING. WE NEED PEOPLE!!

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.

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WEEDING THE FLOWER BED BY GLYN STREET

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!

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CHERRY TREE WALK

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.

Prunus accolade, one of the varieties proposed

Prunus accolade, one of the varieties proposed

The plan for the scheme  under discussion at the moment

The plan for the scheme  under discussion at the moment

Proposed various tree varieties

Proposed various tree varieties

Raised path and tree size ( tree guards not approved as proposed)

Raised path and tree size ( tree guards not approved as proposed)

Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens Fire Festival on Halloween night

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!

Fire Arms incident incident in VPG

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.

2015 AGM of the FOVPG

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)

The RVT has been listed and saved

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.