Who are we?
We are the Streatham Common Co-operative; a community run social enterprise managing all services from gardening to litter picking in the Streatham Rookery since 2015. Many of you know us as 'SCCoop'. Currently, we are the only community group with direct responsibility for managing a Lambeth Park. In 2016, we took over the Paddling Pool on Streatham Common saving it from closure, and in 2017 started regular conservation work in the Streatham Common Local Nature Reserve. In 2018 we started work to restore the cascade co-funded by money SCCoop has raised from the community, the HLF and Lambeth.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) UPDATE
After recent government advice, we have been having conversations with Lambeth Council and they have now asked us to reopen the Rookery Gardens from Good Friday 11th April. This will be wonderful news for many however we ask that you follow the 2 metre social distancing rules at all times.
There is signage throughout the Rookery and across Streatham Common to remind all users of these.
For more details on how to best protect yourself and others from COVD-19 please follow the steps laid out by the Mayor of London (https://bit.ly/2XlSiFE).
The Rookery provides an opportunity for those without gardens to enjoy a quiet walk, so we remind all users that the gardens are for those that want light exercise, not for running, circuit training, boot camps or any kind of group exercise.
Over the Bank Holiday weekend the gardens will be open from 07:30 – 19:00 . From Tuesday 14th the gardens will open from 10:00 during the week, to allow the team to do vital work within a secure environment. Closing times will be displayed in the noticeboards at the entrance and will also allow the team to clear the site each day.
The car park will however remain closed.
We thank you for your support to keep the Rookery open safely during this difficult time.
The SCCoop Team
Please follow us on Twitter and Instagram @sccoopstreatham for updates from the Rookery.
Why are we different?
By removing layers of management and being directly accountable to the local community, SCCoop is more efficient and responsive to local needs than traditional ways of running parks. All profits are put back into services on the Common and Rookery. In 2016, parks budgets were slashed by 50%, so our fund-raising activities are even more vital to maintain and improve services.
We use the income and assets that come with managing a public park to provide services that go beyond just grounds maintenance to benefit the community at large including the disadvantaged, young and elderly. Our objective is to enhance this resource to benefit all segments of the Streatham community.
Our long-term vision is to have a dedicated manager for the Common and the Rookery with dedicated staff that are easily identifiable and always based on the Common. We want to do a better job, getting better value for money with more motivated staff than either a council led service or by outsourcing to private companies. We want to create partnerships with the community and local businesses which can be of mutual benefit.
We can do this by providing direct accountability to the community (we are owned by the community), attracting volunteers and alternative sources of funding, being entrepreneurial, taking away the big company profit motive and having the flexibility to avoid borough-wide contracts that often don't represent value for money locally.
Returning on Saturday 18th July after the COVID19 lockdown, a selection of more essential traders to kick start our popular market. There will be social distancing queuing in place, so please be patient and vendors are using contactless payment methods.
Our new conservation partner Froglife are joining us with a stand to celebrate and educate about the amazing amphibians we have on Streatham Common!
Please join us between 10am and 3pm on the third Saturday of the month for The Rookery Farmers Market, which raises money to help support the Rookery Gardens.
If you are interested in having a stall, please email us at TheRookeryMarket@gmail.com