All posts by Kris Inglis

Yogathon for Greenpeace 2019 – Sunday 1 September

The Yogathon returns to Shrewsbury Park for a third year, in aid of Greenpeace. You are invited to participate in the practice of 108 Sun Salutations beginning at 11am (10.15 am for registration). Participants should bring cash for your donation of £20. Greenpeace volunteers will explain the use of this money in their aims and work crucial to our environment.

There will be delicious vegan food and Thai massage available to keep you going as well! And a kids’ Eco Hero fancy dress competition!

For more information please visit http://www.yogabypri.com

Can dog walkers please keep dogs on a lead in the top field between 10.30am  and 3pm during this event – for everyone’s safety and peace of mind.

Many thanks for your cooperation

 

 

 

 

Summertime Bat Walk – 23 August

Hopefully the weather will turn out for this one.

After a short intro, next to the notice board by the Plum Lane car park, Les Clark will lead us through the woods and glades where the bats hang out. Bat detectors supplied.

Booking essential – max 50 people

eventbrite.co.uk/e/bat-walk-shrewsbury-park-se18-tickets-55871554323

If you don’t have internet access you can put a note through the door at 189 Plum Lane to book places.

*Wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing

*Children must be accompanied by an adult

*Walk lasts about 1 ½ hours and small torches are useful

*Dogs must be kept on a lead

If you have mobility issues or enquiries please contact us on werfsp@gmail.com and we will help you participate. The trail is a mix of paved path, gravel and grass.

If it’s raining neither bats nor us come out!

 

 

 

Lark in the Park LIVE!

The Summer Festival was a terrific success, judging by all the smiling faces. The day was full of summertime music, tasty food, hands-on workshops, creative craftspeople and info stalls from bees to Greenpeace.  And Canine Capers presented by the Dog Society GB!

I would like to give grateful thanks to the Management Committee who pulled together like no other group has pulled before; Ron Senkus, Iris White, Sonja O’Sullivan, Sandra Bauer, Paul Buckley and Alan Deacon.

A core of super volunteers also helped make it happen and then returned the Park to it’s pristine appearance at the end of the day.

And thank you to everyone who delivered leaflets, baked a cake, set up a gazebo or shifted tables –  or simply turned up to share Shrewsbury Park together with the neighbourhood. Continue reading Lark in the Park LIVE!

Sampling the greenery

The Sunday afternoon foraging walk with Kevin Godby delivered! The plants, the warm sunshine, the good humoured ramblers and our amiable and knowledgeable guide came together – and a good time was had by all. By now some of you know Kevin brings along experimental tidbits from his foraging using the local plants and he didn’t disappoint!

There may be another walk in the autumn, depending on how dry the summer is – or isn’t. Watch this space!

And thank you to Angela and Sandra for the photos…

PICK IT UP!

Thank you 10th Royal Eltham Cubs!

The Cubs, their parents and their leaders made our Great British Clean Up Day a fun event providing 18 volunteers for two hours gathering (mostly) rubbish and litter along the Dothill pathway. And a big THANK YOU to the three(!) FSP volunteers who turned out.

We had some serious environmental chats with the Cubs who certainly know their way around recycling! Check out the Beavers’ posters still displayed around the Park.

 

 

January Bulb Binge

Thank you to Royal Greenwich Parks and Open Spaces for the 2000 free bulbs given to FSP in November. And to Woodlands Trust for the shrub saplings.

They are all planted at last, thanks to the efforts of a select team of members on the last Saturday of January.

New shrubs and daffs by Garland Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guess where we planted the last few…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Zena, Paul and Clive (photographer).

Kris –  Management Committee

 

Spring Walks 2019

Dig out the boots and join one of the Spring Walks and Talks planned: Birds, trees, flora foraging and bats!

Full details for each walk will be up in the park notice boards, emailed to members and on this site as they come up.

Bird Walk- Sat 16thMarch

Tree ID Walk – Sun 28th April 2pm

Bat Walk – Fri 3rd May,   8.15pm

Foraging Walk – Sun 12th May, 2.30pm

All walks are now free but donations to support park projects are gratefully accepted.

 

AGM 2018 Summary

For those of you who couldn’t attend, here is a summary of the business part of the meeting.  The talk by Andy Brockman that followed it  was very interesting  and brought up questions for discussion. He has forwarded links for those of you who’d like more info …

Chair’s welcome by Kris Inglis

Kris ran through the year’s events so far and thanked all who had taken part or been involved in the organization

Maintenance of bird and bat boxes by members has been completed due to natural wear and tear as well as damage by other birds and squirrels. All ladder work is done in partnership with the council.

Kris mentioned a tree identification walk that local Beavers group have taken part in. It is hoped that Beavers, Cubs and Scouts will help with some grounds maintenance in the park and which will in turn enable them achieve badges to recognize their efforts.

A Brighton parks group had heard about our water fountain installation and have been in contact to find out about the fundraising aspects and process.

Kris ended by asking that Friends of the park continue to respect and appreciate the space and encourage others to do so.

The management committee was introduced. All agreed to re-stand and were voted in unanimously*. If anyone is interested in joining the committee they are welcome to come along to a meeting and decide whether they’d like to contribute.

Treasurer’s Report

Sonja O’Sullivan circulated and spoke to the annual accounts, taking questions at the end. A Parksfest grant from the council for the summer festival helped pay for a number of things but the underspend will be returned in due course.

A discussion covering the promotion of the event and the need for a generator followed and the management committee agreed to take the feedback on board.

New activities for next year were detailed and welcomed.

The committee will canvass opinion on the next improvement project for the park via email.

The business meeting over, our guest speaker Andy Brockman spoke on addressing heritage crime locally.

This is the Police UK Crime statistics site which will show what is going on in your area.  Just enter the post code you are interested in.

https://www.police.uk/search/?next=policing%3Aforce%3Aneighbourhood%3Acrime%3Aindex

This is the page for the Shooters Hill Neighbourhood Team [As you can see they cover Shrewsbury Park, Eaglesfield, and Oxleas].

https://www.police.uk/metropolitan/E05000227/

This looks at the issue of Heritage Crime in broad terms,

https://historicengland.org.uk/advice/caring-for-heritage/heritage-crime/tackling/

This is a guide to reporting a heritage crime [the same principles apply to a wildlife or environmental crime too]. https://historicengland.org.uk/advice/caring-for-heritage/heritage-crime/report/

This is a guide to making sites more secure.  It is mostly about buildings, but there is also material which is useful in talking about securing open spaces like Shrewsbury Park. Worth quoting if speaking to the Council or Police about any security issues