Are you interested in Garden Design?

We are recruiting a garden design group to help create a new planting plan for the White Garden as well as other areas of the park. The garden design group will meet on weekdays and weekday evenings on a monthly basis from March onwards. They will participate in research trips to RHS Lindley Library and Sissinghurst’s famous White Garden as well consulting with the lead garden designer. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the garden design process whilst also contributing your ideas to the future of the Rookery.

If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Charlotte Dove at / 07931501422 or come along to one of our volunteer mornings on the third Friday of every month – from 10am-12pm, meet at the café on Streatham Common. We help with general maintenance tasks around the Rookery. Next session will be on Friday 21 February.


Garden Designer Job Advert

Rookery Centenary Project

We are recruiting a Garden Designer to work alongside a group of volunteers to create new planting designs for the White Garden and areas of the formal gardens.

The new plans should reflect the garden’s history whilst also taking in to consideration limited maintenance budgets and environmental concerns. Volunteers will be conducting research about the history of the Rookery and the White Garden and will be an integral part of the design process.

Key responsibilities will be:

  • survey current planting in White Garden and Old English Garden, including review of Stephen Crisp’s plans
  • create new planting designs for White Garden and areas of the Old English Garden which combine the best of the past with sustainable, low-maintenance planting
  • liaise with volunteers about planting plans and incorporate their ideas and suggestions
  • compile plant order list and liaise with Lambeth Parks about order
  • facilitate community planting days alongside Rookery Coordinator and Lambeth Parks team

We are looking for someone with an excellent track record in garden design who will enjoy working alongside volunteers in a collaborative manner. Previous experience on community garden projects would be advantageous.

To download a copy of the job description, please follow this link

Deadline for expressions of interest: Sunday 2 March 2014

If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte at




Competition to redesign Rookery Centenary Flowerbed

We are launching a competition for local children under the age of 12 to redesign the Rookery Centenary flowerbed – the raised bed near the main entrance of the Rookery.

A panel of local residents, including children’s illustrator William Rose (famous for drawing Peppa Pig!), will judge the entries. The winning design will be transformed in to a carpet bedding display and planted in Spring 2014. Following the planting, there will be an awards ceremony to officially open the bed and to celebrate the work of all of the young people involved.


Guidelines for design

The judges will be looking for designs that respond to the physical characteristics, the atmosphere or the history of the site. Participants are encouraged to think about what the Rookery means to them and how they can best represent this in a simple and striking image.

The design should be circular, and does not need to include plant types or names. A garden designer will choose which plants to use once a winning entry has been chosen. The designer may substitute certain colours according to which plants are available.


Deadline and timeline

  • The competition is open to children under the age of 12
  • Deadline for entries: Friday 14 February 2014
  • Entries should be posted to: Sophie Hussey, 5 Strathbrook Road SW16 3AT
  • Shortlisted entries will be displayed locally, and the bed will be planted by end of May