Welcome to Vauxhall Park – a small park with a big heart!
Green Building Consultation
Now that the dust has (almost) settled on the first phase of the improvement works, we were delighted to hear that some funds have been allocated by Lambeth Council, under their Capital Investment Programme, to look at the Green Building and the grassed area behind it. The building has reached the end of its life and blocks a significant amount of space at the back of it. We would like to replace it with a more sustainable building which provides an office for the gardener, secure storage for tools used by our volunteer gardeners, an accessible toilet and possibly a small kiosk selling teas, coffees, ice creams etc. As the building is now under the control of the Parks Department, it will not be possible to have a ‘Stay & Play’ type space and we are told that the local area already has sufficient provision of Community halls. We have created an on-line survey (which is open until 26 March 2021) or printed versions are available at Parco Cafe.
We are now registered on Amazon Smile and would be very grateful if you would consider donating to us, at no extra cost to you, when doing your on line shopping. Just log in to www.smile.amazon.co.uk and put The Friends of Vauxhall Park into the search box. We will then receive a small percentage of qualifying purchases. Easy!
The refurbishment of the tennis courts is now underway and we hope that the final respraying of the lines and installation of the nets will be done in time for the reopening of sports facilities. We are pleased that both the tennis courts and Muga will have two gates as a safety measure to allow more escape options in a dangerous situation.
The current lockdown regulations allow for our volunteer gardening groups to continue; there is lots to be getting on with! Work will be carried out with social distancing in mind and only support bubbles can work in groups. We have a WhatsApp group on which details are given of upcoming groups. To be kept informed of gardening groups, please email email@example.com
Lambeth have published several important documents recently:
- 2020-21 Lambeth General Maintenance Specification
- Lambeth Parks and Open Spaces Strategic Plan – 2020-2025
- Lambeth Biodiversity Action Plan
If you have any comments about any of these documents, please email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lots of lovely awards for Vauxhall Park!
We are delighted that Vauxhall Park has once again beeen awarded a coveted Green Flag Award for 2020/21. These flags, similar to the Blue Flag scheme for beaches, are given to recognise open spaces of high quality. We are very grateful to our volunteer gardeners, Martin (Vauxhall Park’s gardener) and the hard work of the Lambeth Parks Department. Vauxhall Park has also been awarded a Silver Gilt award by London in Bloom 2020. We will be working with Lambeth Parks to try to upgrade this to a gold in 2021! Lambeth came out top of the London Boroughs in the Good Parks for London Report 2020; we send them many well deserved congratulations. We would also like to congratulate the other open spaces in Lambeth that have achieved Green Flag status and the three open spaces awarded a Community Flag
About Vauxhall Park
This Award winning park has been at the heart of our community for over 130 years. From its very beginnings its ambition has been to be a place of relaxation and enjoyment for people living, working or just visiting Vauxhall. We are very proud of our history (please see History page for further details) and delighted that one of our founders, Millicent Fawcett the great Suffragist, will be the first woman to be honoured with a statue in Parliament Square. We would love to get to know you – please do join us, it costs from only £3 (see the Join Us page), even if you don’t want to be an active member of the Friends we would like to have you as a member to represent a broad a cross section of the community as possible. Please explore our website and let us know if you have any comments.
Vauxhall Park was opened on 7th July 1890 by Albert, Prince of Wales (read more about our history here). It is located in the London Borough of Lambeth on the South Lambeth Road (A203) at its junction with Fentiman Road (B301) and comprises about eight and a half acres of land. In 2020 we celebrated 130 years of Vauxhall Park with the completion of its first major upgrade!
The Park facilities include a playground catering for aged 12 and under, a multi use games area predominantly for basketball/netball, Parco Cafe, two tennis courts, two ping pong tables (bring your own bats and balls), the Fawcett Sensory Garden (including our brick labyrinth) , lavender field originally sponsored by Vauxhall Motors to mark their Centenary, the model village, an orchard, lavender mosaic (in the fountain basin), two fenced dog areas, a human sundial (in the lavender garden) and the Oval Montessori Nursery School.
Vauxhall Park has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award for nine years in a row. The Green Flag Award Scheme recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country, meaning that Vauxhall Park is one of the best of 1,452 green spaces in the country!
About The Friends of Vauxhall Park
How to find the park
Be careful not to confuse us with Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (formerly Spring Gardens).