The Friends of Peckham Rye Park (FoPRP) is a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving and maintaining the historic beauty of Peckham Rye Park and Common. They are instrumental in shaping the future of this important community space, looking after the interests of park users and raise any issues – from conservation to anti-social behaviour. The FoPRP committee finds out about future plans and canvasses popular opinion, organising meetings for members and inviting park officials and councillors when there are issues of concern. All this does make a difference to the way our parks are run. If you care about the Park it is important that you become a member of the Friends.
The Friends (with financial help from the Lottery and Southwark Council) created the Community Wildlife Garden which we continue to develop. It is described as an oasis of calm in the middle of the Park. The Garden needs ongoing maintenance and on the first Sunday of every month a group of volunteers work in the garden from 2-4pm. All help is very welcome especially in the weed growing season! Click here for more info.
Then there is the Annual Summer Fete and Dog Show. O the first Saturday in September the Friends of Peckham Rye Park organise a traditional summer fete. It is a wonderful day, bringing together people of all ages from around the area. It has lots of fun events including a punch and judy show and a dog show; and raises vital funds for projects in the park.
Other recent projects which the Friends have been instrumental in organising are the Tree Trail and the Fernery. The Tree Trail involved labelling the trees of interest in the Park and creating a booklet describing them . The Fernery transformed a derelict site into an area of ferns and other shade-loving plants.
To get involved you need to become a member of the friends group (with a subscription fee) – you can sign up via their website