We are joining up with ChART and Chinbrook Meadows Allotments to celebrate our young orchard with an “Apple Fun Palace” on 7th October 1.30-4.00
We planted our 20 strong apple orchard back in 2013 with funding from the Tree Council “Orchard Windfalls” grant and our trees are growing in strength. If you don’t know where it is maybe you have never been on the other side of the railway line! Go through the tunnel towards Bromley and the orchard is there on the left.
Our event is part of the Fun Palaces weekend joining their campaign by bringing the community together to share and create. There will be yarn bombing around the trees, apple pressing and tasting, apple bobbing, music, learning about bees and using beeswax to make candles.
Worried there will be no apples on our trees?….The allotments have a much more mature orchard and will be providing extra apples for the day.
Don’t know how to knit or crochet?……. There are lots of ways to be creative with wool and there will be experienced wool workers on hand. Feel free to make some pieces to bring along on the day. There will be other ways to be creative on the day.
Worried we will damage the trees?….. We will be working our creations in to the tree guards for maximum effect.
We were very glad of our neighbours’ help at the weekend to clear overgrown areas by the Quaggy riverside. Our “neighbours” being: Friends of Mottingham Woods
So, if you can, come and lend a hand at their next clear up session; Saturday 5th August 11-12.30 by the wood carvings near Castlecombe Road entrance to Marvels Wood
Chinbrook Meadows is THE key green space covered by the ChART Big Local funding.
A new plan is being put together for spending over the next two years. The plan includes a variety of initiatives that have come from local consultation and surveys but you can have further input by completing this survey https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWwbQT8oL5NobNFQirOEC5R-vbO0NpcXxsYHjlrLQJCE7uCg/viewform.
Hard copies of the draft plan will be available to see at the CHART stand at the Grove Park carnival 12-13th August
Thanks to all our workers today, helping keep Chinbrook Meadows flourishing..
We had a handful of little litter pickers and some sturdy adults tackling the nettles, willow and brambles.
A fallen tree that was threatening to cause a dam in the stream was cleared and a good patch of undergrowth cleared to let the light in for less thuggish plants. If you walk up the hill towards Elmstead Woods you will benefit from the work done by Margaret and Annette to clear the nettles and brambles from the path edge.
Come and join us for the next session on 26th August at 11 am
The Good –
We have a lovely new bench on the hill towards Mayeswood Road entrance, paid for through local assembly funding. It is situated in a great spot for a view across the park and offers a welcome resting place for those struggling up the hill to get back home after enjoying the park.
The Bad – We had a pollution problem in the Quaggy on Tuesday, noted by one of our vigilant dog walkers early in the morning. It was quite localised and luckily, with the rain coming at just the right time, it seems to have been washed away without doing too much harm
The Ugly – Like so many of our local parks we are having real difficulty keeping the litter problem under control. While it is great to see more and more people use the parks we really want to cut down on the litter problem. We have put up some posters to encourage people to take rubbish and recycling home if they can. I’m not sure if it will help.
We still have many open bins and foxes and other wildlife love to get in and rummage around for food scraps, the result is not pretty and encourages more littering as people can’t see the point of bothering to get to a bin.
Peer through the vegetation on a Saturday morning and you will see a yoga session with Geny. These sessions are organised by ChART Big Local and are FREE so why not come and give it a try over the next few weeks They take place on the following dates; July 1st, 15th, 22nd, 29th, August 1st from 10.00 – 11.00
Come along on Thursday 22nd June at 16.30
Here are some photos from previous 3RCU in Chinbrook Meadows to entice you.
This year we come in at the end of the three week extravaganza for a bit of bug sampling and water testing to go alongside our river clearing.