Bid to repair the Cascade

Bid to repair the Cascade


The cascade, built in 1912, needs to be repaired and brought up to modern environmental standards.  It is essential to the character of the Rookery and its Grade II listed status.  Please show your support for our bid.

The Friends of Streatham Common is working with SCCoop on a bid to the HLF.  The plans are not only to restore the cascade but also to refresh the adjacent Rock Garden with sustainable planting influenced by the original Edwardian planting styles for alpine rock gardens incorporating Asiatic exotics and water plants.

Stage 1 has already been submitted and Stage 2 is being prepared. Now we need your support to help make our bid successful.

By signing this petition, you demonstrate your support for the bid to the HLF so that the Rookery Cascade can flow again, the Rock Garden can be replanted and more people and children can enjoy our lovely garden.

Click here to sign the petition.


In addition, the project group  putting the bid together are looking for any memories the public may have of the cascade in particular.

Please email these, even if  just a few words, to us at

They may  then be included  anonymously  in the HLF Bid as part of the evidence that the public appreciate the cascade and want it to flow again. 

If you are happy for them to be posted  on the website please also please say so as it would be good for us all to hear what you have  to say.



George Tuson

In memory of George Tuson by Barbara Wright

George Tuson, who some of you may have know, sadly passed away in December 2016.

As many people know, Streatham Common had considerable protectionist intervention over the years, however by the 1990’s the Streatham Common area was a little ‘tired’ and under resourced. It is against this background that the citizen involvement such as provided by George, on such groups as the Neighbourhood Watch, the Police Consultative Committee and the Streatham Common Management Advisory Committee was so crucial. 

 The Streatham Common Management Advisory Committee first met on 17th April 1996 and at this meeting George represented Fontaine Road Neighbourhood Watch. He eventually became Chair of the Streatham Common Management Advisory Committee. At about this time the Friends of Streatham Common (FOSC) was set up, primarily to run events on the Common.

 Living close to the Common George become involved in numerous meetings to do with local affairs and generously hosting them at his house. 

It was during George’s chairmanship of the Management Advisory Committee that I and others on the Committee worked from 2004 with FOSC to produce a ‘Vision’ for Streatham Common, in 2007, bringing to fruition a long outstanding desire of people locally to have written down for posterity all the history, facts and figures about the Common and the Rookery as well as making explicit our vision for the future .Eventually, George joined the Executive of the FOSC in 2010, and the Management Advisory committee ceased to exist in 2011.  

George took an active part in many campaigns, events and forums such as:

– To stop a temporary ice rink being built on the Common

– Attending the borough wide Lambeth Parks and Green spaces forum on behalf of local residents,

– The Rookery centenary preparations and celebrations 

– The conversion of the derelict kitchen garden into a community garden,

– The Wandle Valley conference in 2010, with regard to the views from the Common  

– Regularly volunteering at events on the Common 

George will be remembered for his good nature, his campaigns and his  absolute commitment over the years to keeping  Streatham Common as a Common, as a wild place so precious in a city.

I attended his funeral, on 29th December 2016  representing Friends of Streatham Common, along with Andrew Simpson of the Streatham Common Community Garden. 

Thanks to Joyce Bellamy of FOSC formerly of Metropolitan Public Gardens Association (MPGA) for some of the background information on George.