Category Archives: Local area

Brixton Chamber Orchestra – free concert and party

The Brixton Chamber Orchestra will be putting on a free open-air concert at Cressingham Gardens Estate on Saturday 31 August 2019, from 3pm until 5pm. The 30-piece orchestra will play “Euro-Classics, fresh pop covers & Samba dances”.

The concert/party will take place on the ‘mounds’ – the hillocks on the Brockwell Park side of the estate. There will be children’s activities, including a bouncey castle. Early-birds will be provided with food from a Caribbean barbecue (please make a donation), but otherwise, bring a picnic.

Nature garden update

The Palace Road Nature Garden is looking magnificent after all the hard work put in recently by the Friends of Hillside Gardens Park (and Palace Road Nature Garden) and The Conservation Volunteers. If you haven’t been there recently, you’re in for a treat!

The new pond is looking great, with a variety of wetland plants and flowers and dragonflies zipping about.
A log cabin has been going up over the past week, next to the mural and performance area.

Hillside Gardens Park Annual Sports Day

The Friends of Hillside Gardens Park are holding their annual sports day on Saturday 18 May. There will be events for all ages and abilities, including those who just want to drink tea and eat cake! Everything will be free of charge. Check out the picture below for timings.

There should be no need to book, for most events, but some may be very popular. To be sure you can get to do the event that you are interested in, book here: https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/HillsideGardens/Events/Event/1f398361-d0bf-440c-8e0f-4bac8a550380


New bollard on Palace Road

At the end of January a new bollard appeared on Palace Road, just outside the Palace Road Nature Garden. It is beside the gate that blocks the road to motor traffic, but obstructs wide cycles (such as tricycles), mobility scooters and wheelchairs.

What is it for? We asked the council and they replied that someone had been driving a Smart car through this gap, leading to complaints by “a number of” residents – hence the new bollard. As for non-motorised road users who can’t get through the gap any more, they are advised by the council to “use the footpath running parallel”. This may well be illegal, of course.

Football at Hillside Gardens Park

Last summer, the Friends of Hillside Gardens Park organised some football training sessions at the park for local children. The sessions were a great success, so this Easter the Friends will be holding some more.

The sessions are aimed at girls and boys aged 7 to 12. Expert football coaching is provided is provided by Furzedown United FC. Attendance is free of charge, due to support from PRERA and Lambeth Council.

Hillside Gardens Park steering committee

The council have told us that they have £500,000 to spend in our local park, Hillside Gardens Park. They want a committee of local people to advise on how this money should be invested. Are you a user of Hillside Gardens Park? Would you like to get involved with this improvement project? There will be around seven meetings to attend over the course of a year. Get in touch to volunteer or find out more.

A group of volunteers after planting fruit trees in Hillside Gardens Park
A group of volunteers after planting fruit trees in Hillside Gardens Park

Water works on Palace Road

Some containers have recently appeared on Palace Road near to the nature garden. These are related to the repairs to the water main under Palace Road. Thames Water have provided us with a short statement about the works:

“The works on Palace Road are a continuation of Thames Water’s works on Leigham Vale which were completed last year. Thames Water have concerns about the condition of pipes on both Palace Road and Norwood Road and potential the risk of flooding hence the reason for the works.

These works on Palace Road should be completed by December 2018. The second stage of works will begin in January 2019 on Norwood Road. Before the works on Norwood Road start, their teams will be notifying residents by letter in advance on any impacts it may have on them.

If any customers have any queries or wish to know more about the project they can either go and speak to the team at the welfare unit or call the Thames Water contact centre on 0800 316 9800 selecting option 1 and quoting reference BB240035.”