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Below you’ll see the events planned, so far, and we hope they whet your appetite to get outdoors in the Park!
Details and updates will appear ahead of each event as posts on this site, emails to members and posters in the noticeboards.
Spring has sprung and so have loads of brambles around the Park! Meet on the Dothill path near the nature reserve entrance gate…
The session will be an hour or two, depending on the stamina of the team. The aim is to start spring cleaning the nature reserve pathway that was cleared for use last year.
Wear old, protective clothing and bring your own gloves and secatuers or loppers if at all possible. We have a hedge trimmer to blaze the trail. Children are welcome as wildlife detectives and helpers but must bring an adult ready to face the vegetation. If it’s pouring with rain we will reschedule.
This event has been linked with the Great British Spring Clean weekend.
Thanks in advance!
Or will January look more like this?
Either way the Friends of Shrewsbury Park wish all members and site visitors a happy and full 2017. Time to get out for a ramble in all weathers, and start taking those entries for the annual photo competition.
There are still a few of the splendid 2017 calendars available for only £4. Contact email@example.com to arrange a pick up or delivery. Sales this year raised a record amount and as a result the drinking fountain is close becoming a reality – watch this space!
A list of planned events will soon be finalised and posted on this site and emailed to members by mid February. There are some new ideas as well as regular events.
Thank you very much to everyone who turned out for bulb planting. The weather was kind and we managed to find homes for all 1000 crocuses and 1000 native daffodils. After scientifically considering the light, drainage, views – and if we could manage to get a trowel or spade into the ground – we planted in several areas which will be revealed this spring.
It became an amateur gardening and geology discussion whilst digging and running into tree root systems, London clay, mossy banks and the stoney layer that gives parts of the Park its super drainage. But now all of the bulbs have been ‘squirreled’ away and are waiting for the warmth of spring sunshine.
BULB WATCH starts in January: Let FSP know when and where you see green shoots appearing…
Get off that computer and get outside!
There are 2000 free bulbs to plant in our lovely Park, come and join in for an hour or two.
We will meet at 2pm in the middle of the woods by the large fallen oak tree. Hope to see you there!
The Management Committee
The weather looks reasonable for Saturday so you have another chance to buy these beautiful calendars in the open air. Still only £5 each, in aid of the drinking fountain fund.
This week you will find the calendar table at the top end of Dothill Road where it opens out onto the slope to Rowton Road. And please note the hours are 10am to 2pm.
See you there unless it’s pouring with rain.
Come and get your fabulous Shrewsbury Park calendars – treat yourself and stock up for Christmas presents! All profits go to the drinking fountain fund.
There will be a table staffed by smiley committee members by the notice board next to the Plum Lane carpark starting at 8.30 am. So bring your cash along with your dogs and be first in line!
If it’s raining we will reschedule, so watch this space…
You are invited to our AGM to be held in Shrewsbury House. If you have recently joined this is an excellent chance to find out what the Friends do and how you can be active.
Written by Iris White
We met at the car park in perfect weather for Butterflies, sunny, warm but with some cloud.
John Denton led us on a fascinating tour of Shrewsbury Park, pointing out the best habitat for different species. In the brambles and hedgerows we saw Large Whites, Small Whites, Green-veined whites, Large Skippers, Small Skippers and an Essex Skipper (not that common) lots of Ringlets and some Comma’s, one of which was very obliging and allowed John to get some really good photographs. We were also fortunate enough to see a Red Admiral and a Holly Blue!
In the meadow, there were lots of Meadow Brown butterflies, often in pairs flying in and out of the tall grass.
John had brought with him a folder of his own excellent photographs, many taken in his garden, which gave us the opportunity to look at the butterflies we were seeing up close, which made identification easier for us amateurs. One or two species eluded us, but that will make me, for one, more vigilant.
I would like to thank John on behalf of the Friends of Shrewsbury Park for giving up his time and for passing on some of his vast knowledge which, I’m sure, will make our walks much more interesting.
Written by Kris Inglis
John Denton began with the basics of what we would find, how we could identify or compare species and how the Park tree population continues to evolve. He led us from elder to strawberry tree to ash to horse chestnut, explaining leaf shapes and hybridisation. Clutching different leaves for use later we also learned about judging a tree’s age; the first big oak at the top of the Green Chain walk is about 128 years old, determined after measuring it two ways – girth and height. John pointed out bark as a means of identification and how to tell a crack willow by promptly disappearing into the undergrowth and snapping a twig which gave an obvious ‘CRACK’.
At the end of our wander we were shown the mystery tree, one of two giants in the Rowton Road open area. This is very probably a native British black poplar, it’s neighbour is a male hybrid poplar – and John’s open air story all came together.
As Iris said about the butterfly walk, it will encourage everyone to be more vigilant on their walks. Thanks to John’s and Jane’s research and preparation, the two hour excursion was very rewarding. If you have a favourite tree, why not watch it over the seasons or take a picture for next year’s photo competition.