ANNUAL REVIEW 2020
What a first year it’s been since the formation of the Friends of Coronation Gardens!
Since we were founded on April 3rd, 2019, we’ve revitalised our local Edwardian heritage gardens. We successfully applied for grants from both the Wandsworth Grant Fund and the National Lottery Awards for All, and we’re part of the Co-op’s Community Fund grant process where shoppers can nominate initiatives for cash help.
The team have set up this page to highlight our work and hosted two special public events in the Gardens to encourage everyone to share it. Firstly we have the traditional summer picnic, part of the national Love Parks initiative, on July 6th, then on December 14th, we hosted a sell-out Winter WonderGarden. It involved local schools, our public services and many local businesses, and was attended by over 650. We had a trial run in the winter to test locking the gates on some nights of the week, and work closely with the council and its contractors Enable on many other improvements planned over the next year or two.
It’s been worthwhile, it’s been fun, and we can see a difference.
"I’ve been privileged to work with the Friends of Coronation Gardens since their formation, and as the Cabinet Member for Community Services and Open Spaces at Wandsworth Council I’ve seen for myself how committed they are to preserving and enhancing this green oasis of calm in the heart of Southfields. They also play a vital role in our community, working tirelessly in association with so many of our residents, schools and local organisations to host a series of events that bring people of all ages and walks of life together.
However, they can only do this with your support. I would urge you, if you have not already done so, to become a member. If you’re already a member, please encourage friends and family to follow your lead, so that this year and in years to come to this remarkable space will thrive under the stewardship of the Friends for the good of us all. I thank you in advance for your support of the Friends of Coronation Gardens, and look forward to meeting you there in the not-too-distant future."
Cllr Steffi Sutters
Cabinet Member Community Services and Open Spaces/Wandsworth Council
“As the Parks Engagement Officer for Enable Leisure and Culture (ELC), I feel extremely proud to have witnessed how the Friends of Coronation Gardens (FoCG) group was created a year ago now and all the growing and developing process that they have gone through since they first started. My work is to support all kinds of community groups in the borough of Wandsworth as part of ELC on behalf of Wandsworth Borough Council. And I must say that the FoCG have made all the process incredibly easy and enjoyable.
Their committee is very well organised and passionate about their greenspace. They have raised money through funding, organise high-level community events (eg to plant spring plants in to the main avenue to give us colour and interest in years to come, Love Parks summer picnic or Winter WonderGarden between others), engage with all possible local groups as well as schools, are super active on social media and the most important thing, they will always communicate with us any new ideas or projects as well as offer their support whenever it is possible.
I can only say thank you for the great job that you have done so far for your local green space and hope that we will continue working together for a very long time.”
Marina Gil Velasco
Parks Community Engagement Officer/Enable Leisure and Culture
As you can appreciate, the postponement of our annual meeting on Wednesday 25th March means we’re not able to elect a new Committee for 2020-2021. However, the good news is that they have agreed to stay on.
There’s still space on it for a couple more people, if you’d like to join and help us make decisions. Please do email us to find out more if you are interested. It’s not a lot of time, a lot of fun, and you really will make a difference! We hope to hold an open meeting later in the year, to which everyone is invited.
Upcoming Events & Projects
We are always looking for new ways to get people to enjoy the gardens. We are hoping these small and large projects and events will not only bring the community together but boost the aesthetics of the gardens too.
All of these events are depending on the current Covid-19 government status.
July: LoveParks Event 2020 - this will be a free fun day packed with tonnes of entertainment for all ages.
July: opening of the North east side herb garden
July: Childrens' play area open to the public with a water fountain
September: Duke Of Edinburgh Award Scheme with Southfields Academy. If you would like to complete your award contact the Friends
October: Gardening Club - more bulbs planted in the rose circle beds
December: Winter WonderGarden 2020, bigger and brighter - you wanted more so we're giving you more...