Petition details

Restore the Rookery

We the undersigned petition the Council to support the wish of the Friends of Streatham Common to restore the Rookery ready for its centenary in July 2013 and then to maintain the garden permanently at a standard that befits its Grade II listed status. We also petition the council to ensure the Rookery obtains Green Flag status next year to help protect it for the longer term.

The upkeep of this Grade II listed garden has suffered from significant budget cuts over the years and it is now clear the resources currently allocated are no longer sufficient.

Despite the best efforts by Lambeth council and its staff, the hard decisions made in prioritising a shrinking council budget over many competing services has left the Rookery in need of significant investment to restore it to its former standard. To this end the Friends of Streatham Common has been working with the council to put together a plan to restore the Rookery, raise its profile within the council, and look for external funding and help where appropriate.

One hundred years ago Stenton Covington led a campaign of local residents to raise funds and stop the Rookery and Norwood Grove, at the top of Streatham Common, being turned into another housing development. Thanks to the success of this campaign, today we can all enjoy the Rookery with its Old English Gardens featuring a White Garden that predates Sissinghurst’s by twenty years. Now we need to restore the Rookery gardens to the standard that was enjoyed over much of the last century.

Started by: Richard Payne (Friends of Streatham Common)

This Petition ran from 28/09/2012 to 03/01/2013 and has now finished.

599 people signed this Petition.

Council response

Thank you for submitting this petition relating to restoring the Rookery for the centenary in July 2013 and its future maintenance.

The Council recognises that the Rookery is one of Lambeth’s highest quality parks. The Council is committed to ensuring the Rookery will be ready to celebrate its Centenary in July 2013 as one of the best historic parks and gardens in London for which both the council and the Friends of Streatham Common can be proud.

Over the last year parks officers have also been working closely with the Rookery Centenary steering group to ensure that this important anniversary is celebrated. The group includes members of the Friends of Streatham Common, the Streatham Society and the Streatham Common Community Garden and meet approximately every 6 weeks to plan the restoration of the gardens and individual projects in preparation for the centenary celebrations.

The application for a green flag award will be submitted prior to the closing date of 24th February. This award is judged by independent judges, so whilst the Council are not able to guarantee that the Rookery will be successful in achieving this award, Lambeth parks officers are trained Green Flag judges who are able to assess the areas where the gardens require improvement to give it the best chance of success. Community involvement is a key requirement for the application and the council are supported by the Rookery steering group in the application for the Green Flag.
The council and the Centenary steering group have also submitted a first stage pre application to the Heritage Lottery Fund on 6th December 2012 for £72k to fund planned improvements to the Rookery.

The Council values the involvement of our voluntary community groups and the part they take in improving our parks. The members of the Lambeth Parks Forum and Friends groups work with Council officers to discuss how reduced maintenance budgets can be best spent to continue to maintain parks as important facilities for residents to enjoy.

If you have any other enquiries please do not hesitate to contact parks@lambeth.gov.uk

Yours sincerely


Alastair Johnstone
Parks and Open Spaces Operations Manager
Cultural Services
4th Floor, Blue Star House
234-244 Stockwell Road
London, SW9 9SP.
phone:020 7926 6205
fax: 020 7926 6201

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