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2020 AGM

Our plans for this year’s AGM have been scuppered so we are just going to update you on news of the park and leave the Management Committee the same for now: Sandra Bauer, Paul Buckley, Alan Deacon, Kris Inglis, Sonja O’Sullivan, Ron Senkus, Irene Telfer and Iris White. If you would like to join the committee and get more involved, there is a link to use later in this email. New members are always welcome.

Arising from the 2019 AGM:

  • Fundraising from grants has gone quiet (for permanent iron site signage, path maintenance of Dothill etc.) If anyone would like to help with grant applications please contact us!
  • Path maintenance from the carpark was carried out this month. It’s a good job and when I enquired I was told that plans to continue the upgrade (at least patching holes) around and down the hill were in the works
  • Take-litter-home signage supplied by RBG went up just as the committee was about to make more of our own in early lockdown
  • Mowing and major path clearing schedule confirmed with Parks and Open Spaces in July
  • Hedgerow project going ahead – in safe form – starting 12 December. Details to follow
  • Plumcroft School Orchard progressing, with guidance and support of RBG. Lots of work done by Tamasin and her team in preparation for December (tbc)

 

Summary of past year…

We held a successful 2019 Quiz night with Shrewsbury House in November that proved a fun time and a good fundraiser. A member alerted us to the Celebrate National Lottery 25 Grant and turned the application around to meet the deadline. This gave us £775 for wildlife monitoring equipment, a decision based on last year’s AGM discussion of habitats. We have materials for hedgehog surveying, a nature cam and two bat detectors so far and look forward to working parties being able to carry out investigations. Many thanks to Les for all his efforts on this application.

 

After cancelling the March Bird Walk it became clear that every visit to the park would have to be self-directed for the foreseeable future. No Summer Festival, just walks for exercise, play, reflection and running around madly became the main focus. Thank you to everyone who continued to encourage social distancing, responsible picnicking and considerate dog walking during the most stressful times. Many people discovered the pleasure of this open space and experienced the natural world on our doorstep.

 

Have you seen the video showcasing FSP and the park?    Or taken a turn on the swing that appeared in April?

 

Thankyous

We’ve had help with habitat management this summer. One was a survey done by Joe Beale, local environmentalist, who walked the park with a few members to identify habitat diversity and make suggestions as to how we can appropriately support and manage the space.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich Parks and Open Spaces were very cooperative when approached with FSP meadow care concerns: when they met myself and Les Clark they had already mapped out the next two years’ mowing from the same environmental criteria. There is a lot of expertise and experience we can draw on in P and OS.

Thanks to Michelle for providing several months of hedgehog news and guidance posted on the website. And to Les and Liz for establishing watering stations for wildlife throughout the summer and now. Thanks also to Sandra for providing the impetus and editing of the above mentioned video. And thanks to Anthony Hurren who shared his lockdown nature video and won the cover place on the 2021 calendar.

The Lockdown Gallery on the website started in March was a huge success – thanks for kicking it off, John! And of course this fed naturally into the 2021 calendar with voting online that went surprisingly well.  The sale of the 2021 calendar was very successful and thanks for  spreading the resulting product far and wide. The price increased to £6.50 this year and we sold about half in just one of those glorious weekends in the park in July. Results in the Treasurer’s report    THERE ARE STILL 3 LEFT!  Contact werfsp@gmail.com to get one.

May the new year bring more activities back to the park and keep all those positive ones that you’ve discovered in 2020.  Feel free to send any suggestions or concerns via the email address.

See you in the Park

Kris Inglis, Chair

ALL GONE!

Thank you for buying a calendar and supporting FSP – May everyone be able to fill the pages with postive plans for 2021!

Happy New Year to all


Delivery to the SE18, SE2 or DA16 postcodes is free of charge.  

MORE Lockdown Gallery

Woodland colour
Maggie following directions
The hole story
Courtesy of Tina Muddle

Hanging around and feeling a little Blue – John Denton
The long hot spring comes to a glorious end – John Denton
Basking in the evening Sun, (Comma Butterfly) – John Denton
Lockdown Blues – Susan Urpeth
May Greens- Susan Urpeth
Jack go to bed at Noon – Susan Urpeth
Shrewsbury Double – Jim Urpeth
Winter Outlines – Jim Urpeth
The Way Through – – Jim Urpeth
Courtesy of Tina Muddle
Courtesy of Tina Muddle
Julie Heyward (spot the parakeet)
Bernardo L

Courtesy of John Donnelly

Courtesy of John Donnelly
Courtesy of John Donnelly
Courtesy of John Donnelly
Courtesy of John Donnelly

Courtesy of Joyce Smith

Courtesy of Joyce Smith

Courtesy of Sally Wilson
Courtesy of Anthony Hurren
Courtesy of John Donnelly
Courtesy of our Chair, Kris Inglis
Jim Fraser
Courtesy of John Donnelly
Courtesy of John Donnelly
Courtesy of John Donnelly
Courtesy of John Donnelly
Courtesy of John Donnelly
Courtesy of Jim Fraser
Courtesy of Bridget Imeson
Courtesy of John Donnelly
Courtesy of John Donnelly
Courtesy of John Donnelly
Courtesy of John Donnelly

Using the park safely during the pandemic

You’ll be aware of the importance of social distancing in the park, tempting as it is to wander. We’d all like to be as carefree as the animals right now! But please obey the rules, and remind others who may forget.

We have received regulations, apologies and encouragement to pass on from the Royal Borough of Greenwich. This is a recap for your information.

  • All 2020 Parksfest events are cancelled – we had just begun to plan and book gigs.
  • The car park gates will be permanently open from 1 April due to budget cuts. I attended two meetings recently which included the Director and other council officers in Parks and Open Spaces and they will continue to monitor the effects of this action – one that many opposed. Thank you to everyone who answered the last minute call to challenge the consultation, that’s what got us the meeting. There are suggestions to appeal which we will follow up but everyone is currently dealing with priority issues.
  • Please have a look at the information below from Rob Goring of Park Dept.

And most of all, continue to appreciate the park. Although we can’t guarantee any walks or events in Shrewsbury Park for the near future, the ideas remain fresh and ready to go.

If you are doing your solitary exercise, listening to the birds and the buds popping open, and you see a photo opportunity or have some creative thoughts please send your pictures to us at werfsp@gmail.com and we’ll add them to a gallery here.

Best wishes for your safety and calm in the coming weeks. Nature is doing it’s best to keep us cheerful.

Kris and the Management Committee

 

From Rob Goring, Strategy and Development Manager of Parks and Open Spaces:

As of 25 March we will be temporarily closing all:

  • Park Playgrounds
  • Outdoor gyms
  • Park sports facilities

All park cafes should also be closing but some may remain open to provide takeaway services only.

Our parks will remain open to allow people to exercise once a day but people using our parks should social distance and keep at least 2 metres away from people outside their households.
No more than 2 people may gather in our parks and open spaces except where the gathering is of a group of people who live together – this means that a parent can, for example, take their children to the shops if there is no option to leave them at home.

Most parks office staff are remote working i.e. working from home and Grounds Maintenance staff and Park Rangers are not classified as key workers and therefore will not be attending work, in-line with government instructions. However, if possible we may have a couple of Rangers/Ranger Managers working each day to carry out checks in parks.

Our Cemeteries and Crematorium are open and operating as normal but again in line with government instructions people should social distance where possible and keep at least 2 metres away from people outside their households. In terms of people attending funeral services it is advised that only members of the immediate family should attend.

Enter our annual Calendar competition!

If you have been with us for more than a year, you’ll be aware that we run an annual photography competition for our members to find great images which appear in our calendar. Winners receive a copy of the calendar – and the glory of having their picture and name in print!

This year, we have had so much varied weather  that we’re sure you have some super shots that you’ve captured in the park – so why not enter them? You must be a member and  you can enter a maximum of 3 photographs.

Deadline for Entries

Entries will be judged at our Festival on Sunday 21 July – entries should be emailed to us along with your name!

Image quality & captioning

All photos entered need to be of good quality (typically at least 2mb in size). We’re printing it in square format so do make sure it will resize successfully.

Don’t forget a catchy caption to go with it!

Send the photos to werfsp@gmail.com by our deadline of midnight on 28 June 2019.

A ‘Tree Walk’ in the Park

 

Today’s Tree Walk was a huge success! We had more than 20 people along to hear John Denton’s wise words.  Although it rained a bit, it didn’t put us off learning about the amazing varieties in the park. We were introduced to different kinds of trees –  Gmynosperms (naked seeds) and Angiosperms (enclosed seeds).

One young man took on the task of collecting a leaf from every tree we stopped to look at, and he ended up with a very full bag.

Starting in the car park we saw a Common Lime, a Box Elder, a Copper/Purple Beech we moved on to look at a Holly and a False Acacia – in all there were more than 20 trees identified.

Here are the updated documents:

Trees Key

Trees Map

Tree Classification

John asked us to add the following:

“On the walk a lady (sorry I didn’t ask her name) asked me to identify a tree which was next to the car park behind the Lime Tree.  At the time I hadn’t a clue but I’m now sure that it is a variety of “Flowering Ash”, properly called Manna Ash. “