Green Flag Award

Brookmill Park is holds a Green Flag Award, but what does this actually mean?

The Green Flag Award® scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK.  It was first launched in 1996 to recognise and reward the best green spaces in the country.

The first awards were given in 1997 and, many years later, it continues to provide the high level of quality against which our parks and green spaces are measured. It is also seen as a way of encouraging others to achieve high environmental standards, setting a benchmark of excellence in recreational green areas.

What’s more, winning a Green Flag Award® can generate excellent publicity for a site. Both the media and the public are becoming increasingly aware that a site flying a Green Flag is a high quality green space, which can only be a boost to its popularity.

The Green Flag Award is one of a number of accreditation schemes that recognises excellence in the management of our public space. Keep Britain Tidy also manages the Blue Flag Award for well managed and clean beaches, whilst the Association of Town Centre Managers operates the Purple Flag Award – the indicator of where to go for a good night out, bringing positive publicity for successful town and city centres.Together the Green, Blue and Purple Flag Awards are a sign that the area you are visiting is managed to high standards, which have been independently verified.

Welcoming diversity

Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag status. We realise that all green spaces are different and this diversity is welcomed, with each site being judged on its own merits and suitability to the community it serves.

Since its launch, the Green Flag Award® scheme has gone from strength to strength, with the number of applicants increasing every year.

The scheme is also being piloted in  The Netherlands and Germany.

Awards you can apply for

The Green Flag Award® welcomes parks/green spaces to apply for three awards (please click on the links below to find out more):

Green Flag Award

Green Flag Community Award

Green Heritage Site Accreditation



Disabled Go

Disabled GoDid you know that Brookmill Park is listed on the Disabled Go web site?

Established over 14 years ago, their mission is to maximise independence and choice for disabled people in accessing their local area and the places we all want to visit.

Disabled Go work on behalf of Local Authorities, top Universities, NHS Trusts and private sector organisations to publish detailed access information on well over 125,000 places of interest across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. We also have a number of prominent strategic partnerships, particularly in the travel and tourism sector, with organisations such as Visit England, Visit London (London & Partners / Greater London Authority), Tourism For All and Open Britain.

Developed by disabled people for disabled people – DisabledGo is unique among national access information providers because only we:

  • visit and survey every venue on our website in person
  • use a survey method that over 800 groups of disabled people have fed into
  • have a national network of steering groups that guide our work and support the continuous development of our service
  • offer a standardised service – from Aberdeen to Portsmouth our trained surveyors use the same high standards and pan-disability survey template to ensure that all our guides are accurate, reliable and presented in a user-friendly format.

Disabled Go go the extra mile because disabled people have told us:

  • a venue which self-reports its access can all too often miss, overlook or fail to appreciate the reality of the access they provide
  • the majority of venues do not have the expertise or the time to go into the detail that many disabled people need to have to make an effective judgement about the suitability of access.
Finally because what’s accessible for one person is not necessarily accessible for another, our independence means “we say as we see it”, providing the facts so you can make an informed choice.
DisabledGo gives you more ‘independence and choice’.

Keep Britain Tidy app

We just wanted to drop you a quick line to let you know that the Love Lewisham app, is no longer supported.

However you can continue to make reports in Lewisham and elsewhere, using our all-new Keep Britain Tidy app.  It’s entirely free, and we’ll route your reports to the correct authority.

As we no longer have a static gardener; litter and flytipping is becoming more and more of an issue in the park. As users and carers of the park, we all need to be reporting instances of overflowing bins, flytipping etc as soon as possible- the more people reporting, the better!

You can download the Keep Britain Tidy app from your Android, iPhone and Windows Phone store – or follow the links below:

Windows Phone:



You can also make reports using our website:

Thank you for using Love Clean Streets®


No Dogs

You may have seen the latest attempt to keep dogs away from Brookmill Park – thanks to Glendale for arranging for the entrances to have a stencilled sign saying “NO DOGS”.

No Dogs - wideThere are important reasons why dogs are not allowed in the park.  This is an area of nature conservation with rare birds nesting and the wider ecosystem needing to stay balanced.  The park also provides a wonderful place for young and old to enjoy nature on our doorstep.

This is why Lewisham has identified Brookmill Park (and other areas) as dog free, and written it into law.  So that everyone knows what this means I have linked to the appropriate page on Lewisham’s web site here.

An overview state:

Owning a dog brings a lot of enjoyment but also a great deal of responsibility, including compliance with the law relating to dog ownership.

Dog Control Orders

An offence under the Dog Control Order can result in an on-the-spot £75 fine and fines of up to £1,000.

Offences include:

5. Permitting a dog to enter land from which dogs are excluded
            All play areas, fenced sports areas within parks, gardens and open spaces.
            Play areas on housing estates.
            Other areas where dog exclusion orders are in operation:
                        Broadway Fields – east of river
                        Brookmill local nature reserve
                        Brookmill Park …
                        Friendly Gardens – Upper…

We would ask that if you see someone with a dog in the park, and you feel safe to approach them, please speak with them politely; inform them about the law; explain why it is in place; and suggest alternative areas for them to go.  It is also worth pointing out that they may face a fine.

If they are in anyway dismissive or aggressive please do not put yourself at risk.

If you feel it necessary to escalate please inform a Community Support Office, member of Glendale staff, or contact the Lewisham Enforcement Team on 020 8314 2082.
The majority of dog walkers I have spoken with have been unaware of the bylaw (despite the signs) and are happy for the intervention.


Friends of Brookmill Park Meeting – Tuesday 2nd June 7pm

We are now very much up and running and keen to get as many people involved as possible! Please do join us for this meeting at which we hope to have a Community Support Officer from the Met Police present.

If you have any questions, or if you cannot make the meeting but wish to be involved, do email Toby Swan at

Alternatively, check out our new website at or Facebook page where you’ll find more details and some stunning photos!

Where? At the Park Keeper’s Hut next to the bird pond on Brookmill Road.


Elm Singers summer concert

The Elm Singers will perform music by various composers, including Verdi, Purcell, E J Moeran and John Tavener, together with partsongs and English madrigals.

The concert takes place on Saturday 6th June at 7:30pm at St.John’s Church, St John’s Vale, SE8 4EN

The Elm Singers originated in 1970, and, after various stages of its History, has settled into a group of about twenty members who meet, usually monthly, in each others’ homes to rehearse.

New members join by invitation only.

The Elm Singers are directed by John Webber, who is also Director of Music at St John’s, East Dulwich.

John is also the leader of two children’s choirs: the Beckenham Junior Choir and the Beckenham Youth Voices.

Many of our concerts raise funds for churches and charitable organisations.   Admission to most of our concerts is free, but with a retiring collection.

Our repertoire is varied, as evidenced by our 2015 Programme and Archive of past concerts, but mainly consists of madrigals and sacred music of all periods.



St John’s church is on the main road between Lewisham and New Cross, on the corner of Lewisham Way and St. John’s Vale. Bus routes 21, 136, 321 & 436 pass the Church. St. John’s Station is nearby. Limited parking is available at the church and on local streets.


Hello Brookmill Park

Welcome to our new web site.  This is a work in progress and so we would love to know what you think of the site, Brookmill Park, and any suggestions for what we could do in the future.

A few things to get you started…

  • Friends of Brookmill Park held our first AGM early in March.  There are more details about what this means on our Meetings & Reports page.
  • We are starting to gather together information about the history of the park.  It would be great if you have any pictures, video, or other documents of the park from the past.
  • There will be a dawn chorus walk on April 11th.  When, where, and how is all explained on our Events page.

There are a number of improvements taking place to the park, the fencing, and the play area.  Keep up to date with what is happen through the web site, our Twitter feed, and our Facebook page.

If you want to get involved don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Spring has sprung

On my way home on Wednesday night I was delighted to be greeted by the sight of a winged mammal above my head.

At about 7pm under the trees by the Eleverson Road entrance I stood in wonder to watch a bat fly overhead for a good two minutes.

I assume that it had just come out of hibernation and, as such, was filling up on the abundant insects after a long sleep.

Without any care for me stood below, it flew through the air in a number of figure of eights.  After a few minutes it went on it’s merry way towards the main part of the park.

A true sign that spring has sprung.


March Meeting

The March meeting of the Friends of Brookmill Park took place on 10th March at 18:30.  This is the third meeting of the group and sees the formal agreement of the constitution.

The meeting covered the large number of events and meetings across the Lewisham area the Friends of Brookmill Park have attended; the success of the Clean Up day, in association with Thames21; the work which is being done to improve the park; and further initiatives.

The full minutes can be downloaded by clicking here 2015_March10_ Minutes of meeting no 3 FriendsofBrookmill

The next meeting will be taking place on Tuesday 7th June.  If you would like to attend please let us know beforehand so that we can make you welcome.