Float Your Boats

A Great Get Together event in the park organised by QWAG. We created a flotilla of home made boats on the Quaggy on 18th June. People from many different parts of our community came together for a fun event, some brought boats they had created with care and dedication at home and others came and had a go at creating one on the spot with materials provided. I think Manor Park and Ladywell Fields, who also had events over the weekend, may have had better water flow than us but we didn’t mind, just getting our boats to float was cause for celebration!

A water related event was a fitting tribute to the MP Jo Cox as she had lived on a house boat on the Thames. Our event made its own contribution to the nationwide pronouncement that we have more in common than divides us.

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Orchard Care

Twelve of us worked on the orchard again yesterday. We had great weather for most of the time with a heavy rain shower appearing right at the end. Glendale provided some new guards for us as the branches had been rubbing badly on the old tall, narrow cages. We weeded and mulched the base once more and, since Glendale had recently cut the grass, the end result was very satisfying. Apples are forming well and we have begun to plan our Apple Day event in October, joining up to celebrate and make a day of it with the Chinbrook Allotments Orchard group. We have had really helpful advice from our mentor Alona Sheridan and the Orchard Project.

Park Events May-June

Date and time Event Organised by Information Meeting place
22nd May 10.30 -11.30 Walking Group ChART Gentle walking

Runs every week

 WG Grace Centre, Lions Close
27th May 10.00-11.00 Boot Camp ChART and Downham Health and Leisure Centre Free fitness class with a trainer  

Tennis courts

3rd June 10.00-11.00 Boot Camp ChART and Downham Health and Leisure Centre Free fitness class with a trainer  

Tennis courts

3rd June 10.30-12.30 Nature Club ChART A half term event for families, open to all  

Boardwalk

6th June 11.00-14.00 River bank conservation Rivers and People Nature Conservation Lewisham A session working on the river banks, clearing

nettles etc

 

Look for blue van by river

10th June 10.00-11.00 Boot Camp ChART and Downham Health and Leisure Centre Free fitness class with a trainer  

Tennis courts

18th June 11.00-13.00 Float Your Boat QWAG Part of the “Great Get Together” Bring your own mini  boat/raft or come and make one before launching off down river  

Arched bridge over Quaggy

22nd June 16.30-18.30 3 Rivers Clean up FOCM and Thames 21 A chance to explore the Quaggy as it goes through the park, clean up litter and remove any invasives. Also some citizen science, water testing and exploring wildlife  

Arched bridge over Quaggy

24th June 11.00-13.00 Conservation/

Clean up

FOCM Our monthly session to clean up and improve areas in the park for people and wildlife  

Café at pavilion

Get your trainers ready!

We have now got £20,000 to spend on an outdoor gym in our park. Tescos Bags of Help awarded us £12,000 earlier this year and we now have an additional £8,000 from The London Marathon Charitable Trust to add. When we have carried out surveys in the park, an outdoor gym was one of the top additions that people wanted, so we are thrilled that we will soon be able to realise that dream.

We think our project really fits the expectations of the Trust to get people more active The Trust aims to help people to “build physical activity into their daily lives” and “encourage and support people who are currently inactive to participate regularly in physical activity”.

Be patient while we get everything in place but we look forward to seeing you in the park, ready for action, in the near future.