Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning

Come and support a coffee morning in aid of the Macmillan Cancer Support charity on 29th September at the cafe near Amblecote Road entrance to the park

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Celebrate our orchard

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.

 

ChART’s new plan

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

Our monthly work session

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, the Bad and the Ugly

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.