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Myatt’s Fields Park is one of nation’s favourites

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Myatt’s Fields Park in Lambeth is one of the best parks in the country according a nationwide public poll.

The green space in Brixton has been voted one of the top ten in the country in the prestigious People’s Choice Award, which is organised by Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Plus Partnership.

The annual poll saw more than1,400 parks compete for the ‘People’s Choice’ title, with Myatt’s Fields Park coming in a  fantastic 10th. Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets took the top spot.

Marjorie Landels, chair of Myatt’s Fields Park Project, said:

“Our thanks to all who voted for us, we must be a very loved park, considering how small and out of the way we are.  And a big thanks to all who work in the park, to the many volunteers and to all the park users who make it such a special place.”

Cllr Sally Prentice, Cabinet Member for Culture on Lambeth Council, said: “This is fantastic recognition for everyone who works so hard to make Myatt’s Fields Park such a brilliant place to be – they deserve a huge round of applause.

“Myatt’s Fields Park is a perfect example of how residents and communities work together to not only make their local open spaces better but also become actively involved in managing them – cooperation in action. We are lucky to have some truly wonderful green spaces in Lambeth and the very best parks are the ones where local people are actively involved with the council in managing them and taking decisions about their future.  Myatt’s Fields Park is a perfect example of this.”

Myatt’s Fields Park is one of Lambeth’s nine Green Flag Award-winning parks, having won this prestigious title for the first time in 2009.

Recently restored with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Lambeth Council, Myatt’s Fields Park has a vibrant and active community that both surround and use it, represented by the Myatt’s Fields Park Project Group (MFPPG). The group play a key role in the management of the park with the council

Among the projects and activities that make Myatt’s Fields special are:

·        A popular weekly food programme in the park, which includes a family cook and eat breakfast on Fridays, a retired people’s lunch club on Fridays, and Saturday “Cook and Eat” sessions where local people are employed to teach other park users about the food they know and love.
·        Healthy food growing scheme. The park has cold beds, a keyhole garden and a large greenhouse where people are shown how to grow their own food. There is a meeting once a month, where everybody works together and shares lunch after each session.

·        Myatt’s Field Park plays host to a range of community-led events, which included two fantastic “summer sleepovers” , a Harvest Festival and a Big Draw, as well as Halloween and a festive ‘Christingles’!

·        The Little Cat Cafe is a small cafe run as a social enterprise. They bake cakes, make soups and quiches, serve some of the best coffee in the area and have plans to be open as a community bakery and sell homemade bread and cakes. The cafe uses produce from the parks greenhouses wherever possible, delivering the freshest and most local food possible.

Lambeth Council has made improving the environment one of its three main focuses this year, aiming to make Lambeth a beautiful place for everyone to enjoy. See more on the Cleaner Streets Campaign.

See more on Lambeth Council’s Cooperative Council plans

For more information about Myatt’s Fields Park Project Group contact the MFPPG at info@myattsfieldspark.info or go to the Myatt’s Fields Project Group website

http://greenflag.keepbritaintidy.org/news/2012/11/tower-hamlet%27s-victoria-park-is-crowned-people%27s-choice/

 

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