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Volunteer Workday on Saturday 15 March

Bonnington Square Garden Needs You

Please come and help out at the volunteer workday on Saturday 15 March from lO am. No gardening knowledge is needed, just your enthusiasm. Bonnington Square Garden is nearly 20 years old and needs you to get involved to keep it going.

Who looks after the garden?

• The garden is maintained by the residents of the area through the Bonnington Square Garden Association (BSGA).
• The association is open for anyone to join.
• The BSGA pay the bills for running of the garden (water, electricity, repairing damaged and worn out bits of the garden, replacing plants etc) and organise garden workdays and events in the garden.
• Currently only a small group of residents volunteer their time and effort to look after the garden and get involved in the running of the garden by being members of BSGA.

The BSGA receive no ongoing funding from any source for the garden. Lambeth Council does not give any money to the garden.

Who looks after the planted areas around the square?

As well as the garden the planted areas in the street also need to be cared for, they need weeding, managing plant growth and watering etc. This is what it looked like before the street plots!

To make sure all the areas are being cared for we would like to get a list of people that look after different parts of the square.

  • If you already look after an area, thank you and a can you email us so we know?
  • If you want to look after an area can you email us and say which area? Please email us at [email protected]

We desperately need more people to become involved in the garden. There are many ways you can help:

  • Give your time – Do a bit of gardening on our volunteer workdays (next one is Saturday 15th March) no gardening knowledge needed. Help out at garden events.
  • Fundraising – Help with ideas on raising money; offer to donate things to sell such as baking cakes for garden events.
  • Donate – If you can’t give your time you can donate money or items which we need e.g. a new picnic table or tool storage box, garden hose etc.
  • IT/Web skill – we need help keeping a website about the garden up-to-date.
  • Ideas – get involved with thinking how the garden should be used and designed.The garden is running out of money- The garden costs about 1000 a year just to maintain and when we have to repair vandalism or replace plants this cost goes up. Last year we only received £168 in donations.

    If you would like to make a donation please make cheques payable to: Bonnington Square Garden Association and send to: BSGA Treasurer, 52 Bonnington Square.

A bit of history
In 1990 a builder working in the area applied to the Council to use the site of the garden for storage. The Bonnington Square Garden Association was formed by Local Residents to lay claim to the “wasteland”. Construction began in August 1994 transforming the land into a little slice of paradise that improves all our lives and is an inspiration to other communities that want to do the same.

Get involved in your garden

Get in contact: email bonnington-square-gardens©

Make Vauxhall safer for pedestrians and cyclists: Change the gyratory! – PetitionBuzz

London Local Assembly Member, Val Shawcross and your local Labour Councillors are calling for Transport for London and Boris Johnson to join Lambeth Council into committing to changing the Vauxhall Gyratory so it is safer for pedestrians and cyclists to use.

We the undersigned join in the call for the Vauxhall gyratory to be changed so it’s safer for local residents and fit for purpose in an increasingly residential area.

via Make Vauxhall safer for pedestrians and cyclists: Change the gyratory! – PetitionBuzz.

Singing Is Fun Studios Bonnington Square Classical Concert

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Dear Singing Clan,

As mentioned Bonnington Square is not an easy place to liase with but it is very inexpensive, local and in a very pleasing setting so it is worth sticking with it. I cannot ascertain from their scant message if there are any evening dates in June but have been told that there are no evening dates in May so…there are weekends available. We have our Summer concert to prepare for and we are preparing in earnest and in speed for our mini concert in the glories of St Nicholass church in New Romney next weekend. So we are very busy so I not keen to have the concert right up against the summer concert nevertheless want the classical concert to go ahead as a priority and in order to give everyone a chance to perform as not every singer will be performing in each event.

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Families Magazine SouthWest Big Dig

Compiled by Samantha Chippindale

Gardens don’t have to be productive to be community gardens. The Pleasure Garden and Paradise Project in Bonnington Square, Vauxhall, was established in 1994 when a plot of land bombed during World War II was about to be built on. The residents quickly mobilised, got council approval and took over the plot with the aim of creating a green space that could be enjoyed by everyone, especially those living locally in flats without gardens. The beautifully planted sub-tropical haven was designed by the residents using found objects and is maintained by them as a tranquil refuge open to all.

via Families Magazine South West

Remembering No.5 from the 1950s

Yesterday I visited Bonnington Square for the first time in over 50years. My grandmother lived at No.5 for a few years until her death in 1954. Her sister, my great Aunt, moved to No.35 prior to 1911 (she is shown on the census for that year) until her death in in the 1960s I have distinct memories of visiting 35. I would like to say thank you to the very kind lady, whose name unfortunatley I did not get, who took photographs of me outside my grandmother’s house and showed my round the delightful gardens. I believe the owner of the shop will know the lady to whom I refer.

I have many very happy childhood memories of visit No.35. My mother who is nearly 89 is thrilled with the photographs I took. the lady who helped had a Scottish accent and said she had been in Bonnington Square for about 3yrs having move, i think, from north London.

If you happen to be that person please get in touch with us or Susan Hall [email protected] | Bonnington Square Guide | Bonnington Square London, SW8, England, UK

Welcome to our guide for the area around Bonnington Square in Lambeth. Below we present a selection of upcoming events, local attractions and great places to eat and shop.

The nearest station to Bonnington Square is ‘Vauxhall Tube’ which is about 5 minutes to the North West.

via | Bonnington Square Guide | Bonnington Square London, SW8, England, UK | London Streets by Street.