Make cycling a life style!

May 27, 2016

In the mist of the “hottest May in four years”, never has it been a more perfect time to step out the car/bus and hop on your bike. With temperatures expected to soar over 70oF, why not turn your journey into work into a lovely cycle tour of your scenic rich London.

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The benefits of cycling.

The health benefits of regular cycling include: decreased stress levels, reduced anxiety and depression, improved posture and coordination, improved joint mobility, increased muscle strength and flexibility, strengthened bones, decreased body fat levels, prevention or management of disease and increased cardiovascular fitness.

Don’t have a bike?

There are a variety of schemes which make buying a bike easier than ever! Our “try Before you Bike” scheme, allows you to borrow your choice of bike and accessories for four weeks. You can use it to cycle to work or even to the gym, bike rides with the kids at weekends or however you like within this time.

Throughout the loan period you can take advantage of support such as cycle training, maintenance courses and an all hour’s phone line. After the four weeks you will have the option to return the bike or buy it at a reasonable price.Please visit: for more information.

There are also a variety of cycle to work schemes that you can take advantage of. The cycle to work scheme encourages employees to cycle to work and allows employers to reap the benefits of a healthier workforce. To find out more please visit:

Can’t ride? Or don’t have the confidence to cycle on the road?

Why not sign up to our free one-to-one training sessions to improve your confidence when cycling on the road. Lambeth Council is committed to offering cycle training for all. All courses are tailored to ability and are invaluable for beginners through to daily commuters who would like assurances that they are cycling in the safest possible way. Anybody who lives, works or studies in the borough is entitled to our services and we actively encourage the use of them. To get more information or to book a session please visit:

Upgrade of Archbishops Park

April 7, 2016

Archbishops Park Sports Facility Upgrade:



Blakedown Sport and Play have been appointed as the main contractor’s to carry out the upgrade of the sports facilities and changing rooms in Archbishops Park. Works are due to commence on 17th October 2016. The works programme is for approximatley 18 weeks, with an additional 2 weeks allowing for the christmas break.

The full design details can be seen on the attached link.Design and Layouts






The Archbishops park sports upgrade will also feature a sculpture from Jessica Wetherly, who studied at Central Saint Martins and developed her creative practice at The Art Academy in London Bridge. Jessica was selected from a group of artists, by a panel of judges in collaboration with The Art Academy, a local Art School.

Her design proposal was chosen from 5 shortlisted artists. The sculpture will stand on the former site of the tuck shop used by children attending Archbishop Temple School which closed in 1974.  It was run by Women who were said to give children a sixpence on their birthdays. It was commissioned by the Friends of Archbishop’s Park and the London Borough of Lambeth and symbolises human kindness.

Jessica loved this tale of an ordinary women in the community and based her design around commemorating the female figure in society. The sculpture will be a simplified female form with a sixpence relief on her belly. The idea being that you can rub the sixpence for good luck! The sculpture will be a permanent bronze and over time the sculpture will ware and the stomach will become polished where it has been rubbed by visitors. The old foundations are being transformed with a polished surface maze which symbolises the idea of a city as well as an interactive play piece.



Rosendale Road Quietways-Update

October 23, 2015

This consultation is now closed. Please refer to the Lambeth consultation website for the latest update.

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Dear resident or business,

You may well be aware by now of the community engagement and design workshops that are already underway with the purpose of involving people in designing improvements to Rosendale Road as part of the proposed cycle Quietway.

We feel that at this stage it is important for us to make clear that Lambeth is no longer proposing any road closures as part of the project.
Your input is valuable and we want as my people as possible to be involved in helping to design alternative improvements.

We hope to see you at the next co-design workshop to be held this  Saturday 24th October 10:30 to 14:30pm.

Both events will be held at All Saints Church, Lovelace Road, SE21 8JY.

Dr. Peter Loveday
Transport Manager
Communities, Housing and Environment
London Borough of Lambeth

NOTE: As requested by our residents  please see link for the overall route map   Elephant & Castle – Crystal Palace Q7 route

Grants of £5,000 to £20,000 available for environmental projects.

January 28, 2015

The Western Riverside Environmental Fund has grants of £5,000 to £20,000 available for projects that work with local communities to promote environmental projects.

Set up in 1999, the fund is a partnership between Western Riverside Waste Authority and Groundwork UK. To date, over £3.8 million has been made available to projects in the four Western Riverside boroughs of Lambeth, Kensington and Chelsea, Wandsworth and Hammersmith and Fulham.

Previous Lambeth projects include the Oasis Community Self-build project and Streatham Community Garden.

Oasis Community Project in  Waterloo.

Oasis Community Project in Waterloo.

Streatham Common Community Garden

Streatham Common Community Garden



For more information and an application pack please call 020 7239 1292, email or visit Closing date for applications is 30 April 2015.

Lambeth’s Green Community Champions

January 9, 2015

GreenField_jpgLambeth is lucky to have an active network of Green Community Champions; people from right across the borough who have an interest in all things green.

All champions receive our weekly e-newsletter with the latest news on local environmental courses, events, volunteering opportunities and meetings. We also regularly feature news on projects that champions are involved in from food growing to introducing palm trees on a South London housing estate!

This year we’ve a number of  projects that we’d really like our champions to be involved in, from Fairtrade Fortnight next month, to helping bees and improving our air quality, we know we’ll be able to achieve more with the support of the champions network.

If you would like to sign up to receive our newsletter please email How involved you become is entirely up to you; whether you just want to keep yourself informed or you’re really looking to get stuck in, we’d be very happy to have you on board!

Restoring the pond at Effra Nature Garden

December 10, 2014

The Conservation Volunteers (TVC) help hundreds of thousands of people each year to reclaim local green places right across the country. The Lambeth Biodiversity Action Team (BAT) operate from their offices on Vassall Road and run their own activities as well as providing support to local community projects.

One such project is the restoration of the pond at the Effra Nature Garden. The pond had almost completely silted up, so volunteers worked to remove all of the vegetation and drained the pond.

Effra Garden 3

Vegetation was left for a few days to allow any frogs and insects to get away. It was then sorted and seperated for composting and silt was spread back around the pond.

The project will be running until Christmas and the next step is to fit a couple of extra liners on top of the existing one. Once this is complete, the slabs will be re-fixed around the edge and hidden with sand and soil.

Effra Garden 4

The pond will then be ready to refill creating a really valuable habitat for wildlife, not to mention a peaceful and enjoyable place for local residents.

Volunteers are still needed to help complete the work on the pond. If you would like to find out more about this and other local opportunities, please visit their website or email


Sign up to receive our weekly Green Community Champion e-newsletter

November 21, 2014

GreenField_jpgWould you like to receive a weekly update of all that’s green in Lambeth? We’ve put together a weekly e-newsletter which is a round up of local events, projects, vacancies, meetings, courses and good news stories.

We are also really happy to receive submissions for the newsletter, so if you are looking for volunteers for your project, would like to advertise your local group or tell us about something you’re working on to make your neighbourhood greener, then please drop us a line at