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.
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.
Come and join us for our next conservation session in the park on Saturday 20th May, 11.00 -13.00. Meet at the cafe. Lots of different jobs, come and lend a hand.
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.
Thanks to Mike for our ice cream break during today’s clean up session and thanks to the workers for making a difference in the park. We started in rain and finished in sunshine, plenty more to do but satisfying to see progress made.
Come and add to our work crew on our next conservation session. Saturday 22nd April. 11.00-1.00