Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Our Friend Monica Clarke

The Friends were saddened to learn recently of the death of Monica Clarke. Monica was a founder member of the Friends of CP Park, and someone to whom the protection of the park was of great importance. She had lived for many years in a house that backed onto Crystal Palace Park, and the garden there gave testimony to her green fingers.

Monica had many other commitments, in addition to her enthusiastic participation in the volunteering sessions with the Friends in the Secret Garden; she was a woman of wide interests and strong character, and we shall miss her.

Sue - Chair of Friends of Crystal Palace Park

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Friends of Crystal Palace Park AGM

We had our Annual General Meeting today which had a very good turn out.

Our Chair Sue gave a great update about the year we have had and the future of the park.

Sue H gave a great update on our main project 'The Secret Garden' with a plea for further volunteers to help out

Our minutes will follow soon for further details.

Thanks to all who attended.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Re-open the subway

The Friends of Crystal Palace subway are collecting donations to reopen the Crystal Palace subway for scheduled tours and activities

Leave your contact details and we will enter you into a draw to be out guest on a guided tour of the subway when its new gate is in 

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Very exciting news about the Dinosuars

The dinosaurs and sculpted sphinxes of Crystal Palace are to be repaired, according to a heritage report out today.  
Historic England's Heritage at Risk register gives an insight into historic sites which are most at risk from decay and dilapidation. The Grade I listed Crystal Palace sculptures have been included in the register, and are due to be repaired as part of a bigger plan to improve the Grade II* registered landscape.
For the full article see the link below

Sunday, 11 October 2015

October Volunteering Session

We had a great volunteering session today. We trimmed back the hedgerow we started working on last year which was hard work but very rewarding.

Before the volunteering session we had a committee meeting in which we met our new Community Officer from The Landscape Group - Welcome Penny

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Welcome to our new friends

A lovely local has boosted ecology in the park by bring back bees.

Don't be fooled by the photo. They are very friendly as long as you don't go too near them!

Welcome to our fuzzy flying friends

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Corporate Volunteers

We had such a fun morning with volunteers from Standard Chartered bank and the Community Stakeholder Group sorting out the museum garden. Lunch at the grape and grain now before we crack on.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

AGM on 8th November

The rain meant our volunteering session was called off today, boo hiss.

We did however set the date for our AGM which will be on Sunday 8th November at 2pm.

Location is TBC.

Join us to find out what we have been up to this year, our plans for the coming year and how you can get involved!

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Photography on the Hill Top

Local Photographer Angie Davila hosted a wonderful exhitbition today. It was a wonderful event. An amazing use of a space at the top of our wonderful park. It is such a natural gallery space, we can't believe no one thought of it before.

Beautiful photos in a beautiful setting.

Thanks Angie! We look forward to your next event

Here are some of our photos

We can't wait to see the official photos and your video too

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Volunteering in the Park

We are always looking for new volunteers to help out in the park!

Whatever time you can spare

Whatever your skills

We have a way you can help.

It is fun, free, fulfilling and you make news friends as well.

What could be better!

Contact for more details

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Our March Volunteering Session

For our March volunteering session, which will be held, as usual on the second Sunday of the month, we will be clearing the fountain basin. As you can see from the pictures below it could use some TLC.

We will meet at the basin at 2pm. The easiest gate to use to get there is the Cintra Gate, walk along the path and you cannot miss the basin on your left hand side which is about 50 metres from the gate entrance.

We will be clearing some of the vegetation and rubbish getting it ready for the birds who will use it in the Spring.

If you want more details or have any questions please e-mail

Hope to see you there this Sunday!

Thursday, 12 February 2015

February Volunteering Session

We met up on a cold but sunny Sunday last week to put a few more hours work in to the Secret Garden, which we have been working on for a couple of years now.

Our 'boss' Sue had us clearing the wetland area around the pond,

and tidying up the hedges and trees which separate the wildflower meadow and what will be the country garden area.

Afterwards a few hours work there was just time for a cup of tea, a homemade flapjack and a chat about our 'Awards for All' application'!

Photos and more details on our 'Awards for All' application' coming soon...

Friday, 6 February 2015

Photos from our first volunteering session

Here are some photos of our first volunteering session. Look at all our hard work.

Come and join in this Sunday!

We are meeting at the normal time of 2pm at the Information Centre.

There are rumours that there will be homemade biscuits too!

Monday, 26 January 2015

re Keeping the Information Centre Open

The Friends would like to ensure that the Information Centre is open to the public in the Spring. Can you help with this?

We need volunteers to offer a couple of hours on either a Saturday or a Sunday, maintaining a presence in the Information Centre so that visitors to the park can obtain information about the park.

Extensive knowledge is not required as there is a comprehensive handbook available in the centre, and there will be some orientation sessions for volunteers, but we do need people who can make a regular commitment. If you would like to be involved, please contact Sue Wardman on,or on 020 8659 5308 as we would like to be up and running from Easter.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Our First Volunteering Session of the Year

Our first volunteering session of the year was a great success with many tasks completed to get the Conservation Area ready for Spring.

Come and Join us at our next session on Sunday 8th Feb!

We meet outside the Information Centre at 2pm.

It is a great way to get some fresh air and exercise, help our community and make friends too.

Watch this space for details about our grant application for the Conservation Area and how you can help us in our plan to open up the area for more people to enjoy