Hundreds celebrate youth sports in Lordship Rec as ‘QE2′ status plaque is unveiled
On Tuesday April 2nd 2013 hundreds of local youth joined in a range of sports activities in Lordship Rec, Tottenham’s district park. The special event was organised to celebrate the history of youth sports in the park, the thriving range of sports activities there and plans to expand such activities, the re-launch of the recently-improved sports field, and the achievement of Fields In Trust ‘QE2′ protection status for the park for all time*. The events of April 2nd also launched an easter holiday 10-day programme of sports and activities, mainly for young people, in Lordship Rec, April 2nd-12th, co-ordinated by a Community/Council partnership.
There was a football tournament, 2 touch football and archery to re-launch the sports field, a range of sports activities (including netball, rugby, tennis basketball and athletics) in the adjacent Broadwater Farm Community Centre, and boxing in the new Eco-Hub building. There was also gardening taster sessions in the Harmony Gardens by the Community Centre in which young people were able to plant sunflower seeds to take home in pots. And all to a backing track of music from the nearby Shell Theatre.**
At 1.30pm there was an offical ‘unveiling’ ceremony for the plaque noting the Fields In Trust ‘QE2′ status for the park, in which Haringey Council’s cabinet member for parks, Cllr Nilgun Canver, formally handed over the plaque to Clasford Stirling of Broadwater United FC and Dave Morris of the Friends of Lordship Rec (see attached photo). The ceremony was attended by over a hundred young people, other members of the public, parks staff, Leisure Services officers, Councillors, members of Lordship Rec user groups and others. Brief speeches by Clasford Stirling and Dave Morris thanked everyone who had worked so hard together over the years to improve the park and organise activities there, and they urged young people to enjoy and treasure the park for years to come.
Afterwards Dave Morris, Chair of the Lordship Rec Users Forum, said: ” The tremendous progress and improvements made in Lordship Rec are the result of years of community/Council dedication and partnership-working, backed by access to the additional resources needed to make it possible. We encourage all local residents to come and enjoy the new facilities.”
* Last summer in recognition of the importance of the sports field and of all the efforts to regenerate the whole park, Lordship Rec was granted ‘QE2′ status by the national ‘Fields In Trust’ organisation, giving it protection for all time as a public green space for sports and activities. In fact in December 2012 Lordship Rec received a national Runner Up award for the ‘Most Improved’ of the 1,500 QE2 spaces in the country! See the full story below…
** The tournament in the sports field was organised by Broadwater United Sports and Football Academy and Lordship Rec FC, and the plaque unveiling ceremony was organised by the Lordship Rec Users Forum. The activities in the Community Centre and Eco-Hub were organised by a range of sports groups, coordinated by the Lordship Rec Audience Development Officer from Haringey Council. The gardening activities were organised by the Friends of Harmony Gardens.
Background history of the sports field, and ‘QE2′ status for the park
The Lordship Rec sports field is the enclosed area in the north east corner of the Rec. Up to the 1980s it was the playing field of Somerset School (formerly Rowland Hill School). When the old school was demolished to build the Somerset Close housing estate, the Broadwater Farm Youth Association led a successful campaign to protect the field for community use. The community then cleared the field of rubble and adopted it for the youth of Tottenham. Broadwater United Sports and Football Academy (BUSAFA) was set up in 1981 and its teams have used the pitches ever since. Volunteers from BUSAFA, along with staff from the Broadwater Farm Community Centre and the Lordship Rec gardeners, have managed and maintained the field and its pitches.
Over the years many thousands of local youth have played regular football on the field, and over 200 have gone on to semi-professional and professional status. For a few years in the 1980s there were also regular cricket matches organised by the Tottenham Cricket Project.
In 2002, members of Broadwater United and the newly-created Friends of Lordship Rec got together to set up the Lordship Rec Users Forum. The aim was to bring together all the key community groups and partners to work with the Haringey Council Parks Service to develop a community vision and plan for the regeneration and co-management of the whole park. The LRUF has also organised annual community festivals in the Rec. Last September 8,000 residents attended the Lordship Rec ‘re-launch’ festival to celebrate the completion of £4m of lottery-funded improvements throughout the park. This included drainage, re-seeding and border improvements to the sports field itself.
Last summer in recognition of the importance of the playing field and of all the efforts to regenerate the whole park, Lordship Rec was granted national ‘QE2′ status, giving it protection for all time as a public green space for sports and activities.
In fact in December Lordship Rec received a Runner Up award for the ‘Most Improved’ of the 1,500 QE2 spaces in the whole country!
Let’s ensure that the sports field and the park as a whole continue to have a great future serving the people of Tottenham!
Haringey Parks win UK Awards
FIELDS IN TRUST UK AWARDS 2012
Awards for the 1,500 ‘QE2’ status parks and playing fields
Awards given at Lords Cricket Ground, 29th November 2012
‘Getting Active’ Park – UK Winner:
‘Most Loved’ Park – UK Joint Runner Up:
Albert Road Recreation Ground, Haringey
Received by Robby and Gianluca (for the Friends of Albert Road Recreation Ground) + Tony and Neil (for the Haringey Parks Service)
‘Most Improved’ Park – UK Joint Runner Up
Lordship Recreation Ground, Haringey
Received by Dave (for the Friends of Lordship Rec) + Clasford (Broadwater United FC) + Luisa (Haringey Leisure Services Project Officer)
Peter Droussiotis, Friends of Albert Road Recreation Ground Chair, said: “Thanks to the combined efforts of FARRG and of our key partners, notably the Pavilion Sports & Café and Haringey Council, and the work of so many dedicated volunteers, and because of the support of the local community, which has championed this park at every opportunity, we have secured yet another important national recognition for our local park. This is a fantastic level of success for a relatively small park in this National competition and feels like a true reflection of the spirit and energy of all those involved. Well done to all.”
Dave Morris, Friends of Lordship Rec, said: ” Lordship Rec went into serious decline after the controversial public service cuts across the country in the 1970s and 1980s, with often just a couple of local community groups (Broadwater United and the Lordship Mother & Toddlers Group) trying to maintain activities there in the 1990s. The Friends of Lordship were set up in 2001, one of around 5,000 Friends groups which have sprung up over the last 15 years across the country to campaign for the resources and management our vital green spaces need. It has taken a colossal effort by local residents in partnership with the Council’s parks service, backed by over £5m of Lottery funding, to rescue and renew Lordship Rec. Now green spaces in Haringey and across the UK face another national financial crisis and we call on the public to join in the continuing efforts to defend, improve and speak up for them all. “
8,000 residents attend to celebrate the community-led regeneration of Tottenham’s largest park, and to showcase the talents and interests of Tottenham’s communities
The 2012 Lordship Rec ‘Re-launch’ Community Festival in Tottenham on Saturday 22nd September was a huge success. 8,000 attended the celebration of the new community-led regeneration works in the Recreation Ground, and took part in a dazzling array of free activities for all ages and interests. From 11am to 5pm thousands joined in the sports, arts and crafts, music and dance, history, discussions, browsing of stalls, and other fun and educational activities. As in the previous annual festivals in the Rec, the idea was to showcase the talents and interests of Tottenham’s communities and to promote community spirit. Over 70 local volunteers helped the day go smoothly.
The event was organised and co-ordinated by the Lordship Rec Users Forum**, the community-led stakeholders organisation who have driven forward the successful regeneration of the park over the last 10 years. £5m of construction works over the last 18 mths (£4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund) have resulted in a gorgeous brand-new flower-lined channel for the River Moselle, a new ‘Loop’ bike track and an Environmental Hub building with café and classroom, refurbishment of the Shell Theatre, restoration of the historic and nationally-unique Model Traffic Area, new meadows, flower-beds and tree planting, and general improvements to drainage, paths and entrances. The festival was able to introduce all these new features and facilities to local residents. Read the rest of this entry »
Saturday September 22nd, 1-5pm
A wide range of free activities for all ages and interests
Celebrate Our ‘New’ Park
Lordship Rec has been a public park for 80 years. It has boasted many unique features including the nationally reknowned Model Traffic Area plus the Shell Theatre. In 2011-12 major renovation works have taken place bringing these features back to life and adding new ones. We now have a stunning new course for the River Moselle, a state of the art bike track, an innovative ‘eco’ building with cafe, toilets, community room and classroom, and many other natural features.
Come and join in the fun!
Something for Everyone
• Variety of Sports, games and Exercise Tasters and Fun Run in the park and in the Broadwater Farm Community Centre. All for Free! Read the rest of this entry »
Haringey’s ‘Forgotten’ River No Longer A Secret!
- Park users produce new pamphlet and organise successful walk to celebrate Haringey’s ‘forgotten’ River Moselle and its new open section in Lordship Rec
- 80 attend residents Walk on Sunday 24th June
To celebrate the launch of the new River Moselle guide and the restoration of the river in Lordship Rec, 80 residents took part in a 6 mile walk on Sunday 24th June along the route of Haringey’s ‘forgotten’ and mostly underground river. The walk was organised by the Haringey Friends of Parks Forum. It started from Queen’s Wood, Highgate at 10.30am (where particpants were able to view one of the Moselle tributaries which starts off as a trickle) and ended at Markfield Park by the River Lea at 4pm. On the way it stopped at many key points to hear about some of the history of the river, its features and its surroundings. Read the rest of this entry »
The regeneration works we’ve campaigned for are due to be completed in July. There’ll be a Celebration/Festival on Saturday September 22nd! Meanwhile why not attend the Friends Annual General meeting – All welcome!
SUNDAY 6th MAY, 2pm
In our temporary venue: Church on the Farm @ the back of the Opportunity Centre, Adams Rd, Broadwater Farm - 200 metres to the east of Broadwater Community Centre
Much of park remains open most of the time, but there’s disruption in some areas whilst works go on. A temporary ‘road’ has been created through the main field so the public can continue to use paths safely and paths aren’t damaged by works vehicles. Read the rest of this entry »
We did a talk at the Haringey History Fair at Bruce Castle Museum on behalf of the Friends about the history of Lordship Rec. It went down well, with up to 80 people attending (standing room only!).
We showed our 2007 film about the Rec: http://www.lordshiprec.org.uk/video/ And we circulated the information below explaining how we are bringing history alive through the current regeneration of the Model Traffic Area and Shell Theatre, and the river restoration…
The following is just a rough summary of the history of Tottenham’s largest open space. Apologies if key points missed out, or some facts wrong!
- Friends of Lordship Rec (2012)
1800s-1900s Downhills manor/estate straddles area – to become Downhills Park and Lordship Rec in the 20th century. Included Moselle River and adjacent ornamental lake (thought to be on the site of a Saxon ‘moat’). Green spaces were also known locally as ‘uplands’, ‘downhills’ and ‘mount pleasant’ at different times.
1910-20 Tower Gardens Estate built. To the south there are allotments + river + marsh + a ‘Broadwaters’ farm
1932 Lordship Rec created by Tottenham Council.
1936 10,000 local people attend Lordship Rec grand opening
1938 Model Traffic Area (MTA), unique in UK, opened.
1940 Downhills Shelter (in southern part of park) suffers wartime bomb direct hit. 40+ local people killed. Read the rest of this entry »
National Birdwatch Survey open to all!
Saturday 28th January, 12 noon, Downhills Park – meet at the cafe
Sunday 29th January, 12 Noon, Lordship Rec – meet at the lake
There will be common birds photos/recording sheets for everyone who would like to take part.
Spend just one hour wandering around the parks either singularly or in small groups (BRING THE KIDS) looking for the many different species that live with us in the parks.
We will enter our results afterwards into the RSPB website.
On Tuesday 7th Feb and 28th Feb from 10:00am to 3:00pm we are having workshops in the Spinney, Lordship Rec, Adams Rd/Freedom Rd N17 to plant young trees into a hedge on the north side and to do some dead hedging and a little hedge laying.
BTCV are coming to give a hand.
Back 2 Earth will provide a lunch and hot drinks for volunteers.
It would be good to see you there. Do tell anyone else you know who would like to be involved.
10am – 11am Saturday 3rd Dec. Broadwater Farm Community Centre
Apart from drinking lots of tea, making lots of noise and generally chatting about stuff one of the main things we do at the AGM is vote in a committee. This is a very special year as much of the committee are moving on and or taking on non committee roles in the club. This opens up new opportunities as we enter the clubs next and must exciting phase as the Lordship Loop is born.
In Back2Earth’s Harmony Gardens
Broadwater Farm Community Centre, 1 Adams Road, N17 6HE
Run by Angie and Georgia, working on a selection of sculptural features in the gardens.
The dates and times of the workshops are as follows:
- Thursday 24th November 1-3 pm
- Friday 25th November 10-12am and 1.15-3.15pm
- Thursday1st December 1-3 pm
- Friday 2nd Dec 10-12am and 1.15-315pm
To register your interest please contact email@example.com and put willow workshop as the subject of your email.
Or ring the Back2Earth office on 020 8808 1829