Park Society wins award
Work in recording the architectural
richness of the area lauded as an example to other conservation
Bedford Park Society has
won a top London award for its innovative Log Book of the area's
listed houses. London Forum's Walter Bor Mixed Media Award was presented
to Peter Murray, Hon Secretary of The Bedford Park Society at a
special ceremony in London.
From left to right: Andy Walters (researcher) John Scott (local
architect) Nigel Woolner committee member) and Carol Woolner
(architect) and Peter Eversden (Chairman) at the Artworkers'
Guild for the launch of the log book
Finch, Chairman of the Assessors and Vice President of CABE (Commission
for the Built Environment) said, 'We hope that this award encourages
other conservation societies with historically important houses
to follow the lead set by Chiswick's Bedford Park Society.'
Bedford Park Society is the first conservation society in Britain
to initiate the production of this kind of Log Book which records
such a high level of detail. The Log Book will inform current and
future residents about their house - its history, its architecture
and how to maintain it. The Book will be a growing resource for
the local planning department, local historians and the owners themselves.
The Log Books form part of the Society's 'From Knowledge Comes Care'
Bedford Park estate is often described as "the first garden
suburb". With its tree lined street and informal layout it
had a huge influence on suburban estates in the first half of the
20th century and pre-dates Hampstead Garden Suburb by almost 30
years. Bedford Park has 356 Grade 11 listed buildings.
Bedford Park in the 19th century
Chairman Peter Everden said, "It is important that owners fully
understand the architectural and historic significance of their
Grade II listed homes. With some houses changing hands for over
£2m new owners can afford to extensively refurbish their homes
and it is essential that this is carried out sensitively."
Bedford Park Society was founded in 1963 and hosts a number of events
each year including the John Betjeman memorial lecture. Membership
is open to anyone interested in conserving one of Chiswick's most
architecturally important and picturesque neighbourhoods, and meeting
membership details please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies is an umbrella organisation
for some 120 residents, conservation and civic societies, community
organisations and other affiliated bodies in the Greater London
Region, with an aggregate membership of over 100,000. It also serves
as the Civic Trust's regional federation for the London area.
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