Friends of Kelsey Park

Vandalism in Kelsey Park: At some time between the afternoon of Saturday 14th October and the morning of Sunday 15th, Roger Hardy's memorial carved bench was dragged from its site outside the Information Centre (as seen in the first picture on the Park Views gallery page) down the slope towards the lower lake, and left on the grass. The back (made from one piece of solid oak) was deliberately broken off and thrown in the lake. It took four people and a forklift to put it in situ four years ago, so would have taken a very great amount of force to rip it from its fixings on the paving and drag it that far.

This has caused much distress to Roger's family and friends, and it is much loved by Park users, especially those who knew Roger. It will be very costly to mend and re-site it.

If you saw or heard anything which might have been associated with this crime being carried out, please let Beckenham Police know on 0208 721 2616, or email: kelsey&

Please also email me (

Many thanks,
Wendy Hardy

Kelsey Park is situated in Beckenham, in the London borough of Bromley. The Friends are a non-profit organisation founded in 1997, currently consisting of upwards of 600 members, dedicated to its running and maintenance.

The Park opened on 31st May 1913, after the land was purchased by the people of Beckenham, for public use and enjoyment. It is a haven for all kinds of flora and fauna, with over 100 kinds of trees and over 65 species of birds having been recorded, a huge variety of flowers in the spectacular herbaceous border, and a vast array of wildlife.

There is something here for everyone - from rose gardens, water features, and nature trails, to tennis courts and a mini golf course, to a café and playground. Dog owners are welcome on the eastern side of the lake, while those seeking a more tranquil outing can find that peace on the other side on the main lawn by the herbaceous border.

For more information, feel free to look around the website, or visit the Information Centre, which is located near to the Manor Way entrance, and is open on weekends and Bank Holidays.


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