Category Archives: Events

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…

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

Want to run a Stall at the Festival?

Have you got a passion for your hobby or interest? Maybe you volunteer for a fantastic charity that you’d like to represent?

Then why not be a stall-holder at our next festival?

We pride ourselves on having a great display of stalls and we love having old friends back, as well as new local community groups, charities, hobbyists or other sellers.

We welcome hundreds of visitors on the day – mostly local people living close to the park, but increasingly people from Greenwich and Bexley, and sometimes further afield.

You can browse the following documents to complete and read:

Shrewsbury Park Stallholders Terms and Conditions

Shrewsbury Park Stallholders application form

Please send your forms back by the end of April 2019 to be considered for this year’s festival.

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.

HALF PRICE calendars!

Last few now available at £2.50

Just complete the form below, and let us know how you would like to pay – to pay online,  go to the ‘donate now through paypal’ link below, and pay £2.50 per calendar or £3.00 per calendar and envelope.

Or you can arrange to pick up and pay in person, just email werfsp@gmail.com with your address.

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

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