The great outdoors

Parks and open spaces are important for our quality of life – a place to escape from the stresses and strains of inner London living. Lambeth parks are amongst the best in the country, with 11 green flags, and provide children’s clubs and playgrounds, sports pitches and cafes. They are also great venues for cultural events.

The great outdoors

Map of parksOur cooperative parks programme has already seen a number of local groups and organisations sign up to take over more local management of their parks. We’re also looking at some exciting opportunities to generate more income from the parks, for example from events, to re-invest in precious green spaces.

Locally managed parks make sense and we want to make it easier for residents to lend a hand – from supporting gardening groups to providing small local pots of money for maintenance to get simple repairs done quickly.

You can find out more about the proposed Events Strategy and the other ideas for parks in the Cultural Services by 2020 booklet and on the Cultural Services by 2020 consultation page.

You can read about more about what’s happening in parks below:

 

 

The Calling Festival at Clapham Common

The Calling Festival came to Clapham Common for the first time in 2014, 50,000 people danced in front of performers such as Stevie Wonder and Aerosmith and it generated £142,350 income for Lambeth Council. It will be returning in 2015.

Calling Festival came to Clapham Common for the first time in 2014

Streatham Common Cooperative are Lambeth’s first parks pioneers

The Streatham Common Cooperative (or SCCoop) will be managing The Rookery in Streatham in association with the council. They are a not-for-profit community enterprise that will be directly accountable to local residents.

Members of Streatham Common Cooperative - a pioneer parks organisation now managing The Rookery