February 2019 update

During November and December 2018 we were fortunate to have three visits of groups of volunteers to help to cut back many of the ash tree shoots from around the lake and create new views across the water.  Also they helped to clear the snowberry and berberis bushes from behind the playground swings.

In February one of the tallest Ash trees had to be felled as it was infected with a fungal disease which could have spread to other trees and had also made the tree unsafe.  In Southwark’s Cleaner Greener Safer awards just announced the park has been awarded £2,000 for new plants and £2,500 for the planting of new trees.

This should enable planting in the newly cleared area behind the swings and at the back of the park along the border with the Casino Avenue community garden.  We should also see around 10 new trees planted as Southwark Council have also allocated some funds from their internal budget.  We aim to start up the Sunday morning volunteer group in the next few weeks to continue to tidy up the park.

Welcome to the friends of Sunray Gardens

Welcome to the new Website for friends of the park. Hopefully you will find information about the park and news items that you will find of interest.

We have also just recently set up a formal organisation in the name of Friends of Sunray Gardens, with a constitution, new bank account, and therefore the ability to apply for funds for the improvement of the park.

Membership of the Friends of Sunray Gardens is free to all local residents and users of the park, and we hope that you will join on the Members page, and provide your email address so that we can more easily communicate with you.

We feel that all this activity is necessary in order to encourage our contacts at Southwark Council to take more interest in our park.  Until recently the park has been rather neglected, weeds have been choking the roses and flower beds, trees have been lost and not replaced, the lake is full of rubbish,  areas around the lake are completely overgrown,  and there is little colour to be seen apart from different shades of green.

Please let us know what you think of Sunray Gardens and any suggestions you have for improvements.

Paul Millington