Category Archives: Environment

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. “

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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.

 

 

Tree Identification Walk

Local  enthusiastic amateur, John Denton, will lead us on a walk through the park – introducing you to local flora and fauna, you’ll learn more than you ever dreamt of about the trees in the park, how they’ve survived and thrived, how old they are and much more!

Sunday 28 April at 2pm

Meeting point : Notice Board by the car park. Binoculars and magnifying glass would be handy.  Sturdy footwear would be an advantage.

No dogs please.
Rain or shine, we’ll still go ahead

Read and download John’s  Trees Key and Tree Classification in advance of the walk!

Trees Map

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.

 

Results of the Park Survey announced

As you will remember we circulated a survey in October after the AGM to find out what you wanted us to spend the fundraising proceeds on in the coming months.

We received 80 responses.

The Picnic Table idea came out on top by quite a margin at 42% followed by the gym at 27%.

The ‘other’ category was for people to add their ideas. The most popular once these were added up was ‘additional park benches’ 3 (4%).

We will update you with progress on securing the picnic tables when we can.

Yogathon for Greenpeace 2018

Once again we were blessed with warm sunshine for our second Iyengar Yogathon in Shrewsbury Park.  25 participants donated to Greenpeace to take part and were energised by performing 108 sequences of yoga poses in quick succession, each group of 9 sequences being led by different teachers.   Half way through, the sun emerged as though it responded to our salutations.  After our strenuous efforts we sat in the sun in beautiful Shrewsbury Park against the backdrop of the fabulous oak trees and the sounds of the gently waving leaves eating delicious Cuban food – most welcome.

There is no Planet B!

A representative from Greenpeace talked about what we can all do to limit our use of plastic, which is having such a deleterious effect on our planet.  Many thanks to Kris Inglis, who liaises with Priscilla and the Council so that this event can take place.   Thanks also to Ron and Paul for sorting out the gazebos.  Well over £750 was raised for Greenpeace.

Yoga for Greenpeace

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the significance of 108?  The number 108 is sacred and significant in many ways, appearing in many disciplines from astronomy to yoga:    The number 108 appears in ancient, sacred texts. For example, there are 108 Upanishads and 108 Tantras, and  Mala bead necklaces have 108 beads, which are used to count during meditation.   In Ayurveda, there are 108 sacred points on the body.  In numerology, 108 equals 9, which symbolizes universal love, eternity and awakening.   In astronomy, the distance between the Sun and Earth is roughly 108 times the Sun’s diameter.

Written by Cressida Senkus, Iyengar yoga teacher and FSP member

Checking in with the Bats!

This photo is of the eager Bat-seekers that came along for our annual Bat Walk 7 September.  Les had more bat facts for us and as usual a pipistrelle buzzed the crowd prompting the walk to start!

We explored the different  environments in the park,  getting our night vision sorted out and enjoying the pleasant weather.  A tawny owl followed our progress for awhile (looking for mates not humans) and bats came out to display their aerobatic skills while gobbling  their evening meal!

Thank you to everyone who managed the pre-booking. Please keep an eye out for another walk in May if you missed this one. And thanks for the donations on the night, these go towards a second bat detector.

If you would like to borrow the FSP detector for a week please follow link  http://fspark.org.uk/…/Terms-and-conditions-for-loan-of-FSP-bat-detector.docx

Have a look at the Bat Conservation Trust website for loads more about these important creatures.  www.bats.org.uk

Tour the Allotments during the Summer Spree 12-5:30pm

You may not know but the extensive allotments at the edge of the Park have always been a substantial portion of Shrewsbury Park. On Sunday during the Summer Spree allotmenteers are offering tours of the plots and plenty of advice about growing your own.

Turn up at the Allotment gate at the end of Rowton Road or check at the FSP Membership stall at the Festival for directions.