A second shooter of the grassy knolls


Hilly Fields' new playground has progressed rapidly since our last update, with lovely grassy lumps replacing muddy patches.

BC reader Blue Sky has photographed the green grass for us, so we don't have to.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looking good.

Anonymous said...

That actually looks great. Come on people there must be SOMEONE out there who hates it?

Anonymous said...

The title of this thread initially made me think someone had been shot in Hilly Fields. I get the reference but it seems a bit inappropriate in the current climate....

Brockley Nick said...

I'm sure, like you, that everyone will be able to work it out with a moment's thought.

Tamsin said...

I liked the multiple referencing. Always fun to see how Nick titles things and consider his "chapter headings".

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anon@11.26 said...

I like them too, but it would have been nice to have avoided the horrible sinking feeling - though it did only last a few seconds.

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Susan said...

looks great. My kids are chomping at the bit to try it all out.

patrick1971 said...

I walked from my home in Crofton Park into Lewisham today, then walked back up Ellerdale Road and Vicars Hill then over Hilly Fields. What a magnificent space it is, the perfect day for it today. We're very lucky to have it. The view across south London to Blythe Hill Fields and the Crystal Palace tower is amazing.

Tamsin said...

Stopped by on our way home from Catford. It looks lovely - and nice to have a drinking water fountain there (what's next up for the Telegraph Hill Parks). But make sure that the new turf is watered pronto on Monday if it does not rain overnight. Lewisham and/or Glendale and/or whatever contractors are used are very good at putting in turf and then abandoning it to the drought. Hilly Fields Friends or whoever should be regularly on the case to make sure this does not happen.

Anonymous said...

I can remember when they had a permanent team of park keeper's,everything was looked after.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait for it to open. Is there an an ETA?

Anonymous said...

It's absolutely lovely.

Anonymous said...

Looks a bit...Tellytubby in the sun this morning. Thats not a criticism.

Tamsin said...

But have they watered the shrinking turf yet?

Hilly said...

The contractors have had a water bowser up there to water the grass and they should now have their own supply with the newly laid water pipe. The one they had to put in from the loo block.

The official opening will happen during the children's Brockley Max festival on the 5th June.

I am very confident we will be open quite a bit before then. I'll try and get a date from the contractor. It all depends on the grass having rooted.

Monkeyboy said...

Is this the first unanimously good thing that's happened in SE4 and a gold, or perhaps silver star, for Lewisham?

Tamsin said...

Good - walking with horses this lunchtime around a bone-dry sand school scuffing up the dust and I methought me of the teletubbie turf with its little roots turning upwards and withering. Hope someone is responsible for keeping on with the good work.

When the Telegraph Hill Society planted a commemorative tree in the park in 1995 a committee living opposite tasked themselves with taking it a couple of buckets of water every night until it got properly established but turf is trickier and needs proper resources.

Hilly said...

The contractors were watering the turf this morning. Once the playground is open we envisage pretty worn grass, but then we are trying to encourage natural play.

Anonymous said...

That is ridiculous,carrying water to the tree, why do we pay council tax,they plant it then just leave it,the mind boggles.

Hilly said...

After we organised the planting on Eastern Road, I tried doing a bit of extra watering. It was an enormous effort just to carry enough water for some primroses and violets. I really don't think I'd be up for watering the grass. Getting it established is also something that is a requirement of the contract. Problem is once you let people in, then it is hard to sort out, obviously you can't walk on grass until is has established.

It is always good to take ownership of things and care for them ourselves. I'm impressed someone cared enough to water the tree. It is hard to say how much water a tree will need as it is weather dependent. Hopefully it will mean that money can usefully be used elsewhere.

Any offers on who is currently letting their dog damage so many mature trees in the park?

Tamsin said...

Good - keep the contractors up to the mark - especially if they are inclined to rely on weather forecasts of rain that does not actually fall.

Someone from the Council should make sure that it gets a good soaking tomorrow - irrespective of the weather.

hilly said...

I am very happy to hear the rain drops falling on my roof tonight.

Anonymous said...

Let it rain or sun ? I say let the Sunshine and the contractors water.

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