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Ruskin Park update
February 27, 2010, 9:25 pm
Filed under: bees, birds, events, meetings, planting, ruskin park

again pasted straight from an email for your info:

Dear Friends

Ruskin Reports – March 2010

After a cold and icy winter, suddenly it’s March with the promise of spring just ahead. February was the busiest month yet for the Friends email with initiatives, proposals, comments and queries. We held our public meeting to update everyone, member or not. Time constraints prohibit notes from that meeting…you should come along to find out what is happening and our newsletter will pick up the main points, as several things moved forward. Please note the Public Meeting heading below.

Local Community Organisations of Note This Month:

· Windrush Square, Brixton reopens this weekend after its redesign. Details from the Brixton Society are attached.

· Friends of Carnegie Library hold their AGM on 18 March in the gallery at 6.30 pm. Their newsletter is attached.

· See http://www.projectdirt.com is a networking site for environmental projects in our area.

· Growing Southwark is a group of active residents who wish to encourage edible growing across Southwark & beyond. Their newsletter is attached.

· King’s College Hospital has published the first edition of their Stakeholder Update attached. Note the section on planning for a helipad within their grounds.

· Herne Hill Climate Action Network will be working in partnership with Lambeth and the Friends in a new initiative in the park. More details will be in our newsletter and here http://www.hernehillcan.org.

· Local campaign about the future use of the bingo hall near Camberwell Green http://www.camberwellcommunitycinema.webs.com/

· The Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) are offering a Bat Survey Training Evening on Wednesday 31st March 2010 at Brockwell Park. Information and booking form attached.

Volunteer Opportunities
Saturday 6 March 2009. Meet at the stable block at 10 am for 2 hours gardening in the park. Equipment and instruction is provided, but bring a pair of gardening gloves if you have them. The stable block is at the Denmark Hill entrance opposite the Fox on the Hill or from the Ferndene Road gate and to the right.

Newsletter delivery

Can you help deliver our spring newsletter to streets adjacent to the park? See Contact Us below.

Funding and Events Experience Help Needed

I will be writing to some of you with relevant experience in the coming week asking for help to form a sub group to assist the Committee. We need to identify funding streams then subsequently apply for funding to repair and renovate the stable block into a cafe and education centre.

Similarly, we are looking for help to celebrate the centenary of the sports field. We plan to combine this year’s annual summer fete with a family day of sports and games including a summer music concert on the bandstand and a big picnic.

Events

There are no events in March, but Easter closely follows.

Salvation Army Gathering Good Friday 2 April – 2-3pm around the bandstand

Easter Egg Hunt Saturday 3 April – Registration 1.30pm at the bandstand

Bring your children to the park to hunt for eggs. Chocolate prizes for different age groups. It’s an Easter Eggstravaganza!

Public Meeting – Important!
Our next public meeting, which is open to all, will be in late April / early May. We will be tabling an agenda item about King’s helipad and inviting people involved from King’s, Lambeth, etc to take questions. Questions must be submitted in advance. Further business will follow afterwards. Please send questions or concerns about the helicopter landings in the park to Contact Us below. The meeting details will be publicised.

Newsletter

The spring issue is due by mid-month and will be delivered to adjacent streets to the park and emailed to members.

Membership

Your annual membership renewal will be due soon, as membership runs from 1 April to 31 March. More information will be available shortly.

Contact Us

Do you have any comments, suggestions or ideas? How would you like to be more involved in your park? Would you like to volunteer? Make membership a proactive thing, be involved as well!
Contact us at friendsofruskinpark@googlemail.com or 020 7733 5018.

Doug Gillies
Chair, Friends of Ruskin Park

Preserving Our Park for Future Generations

Green Flag award 2009

· Should you not want to receive this mailing in future, please reply to friendsofruskinpark@googlemail.com or phone 020 7733 5018



Wild about plants
February 23, 2010, 11:11 pm
Filed under: bees, birds, wild

http://www.wildaboutplants.org.uk/ – another great website I have just discovered!!



Myatts Field
February 23, 2010, 11:47 am
Filed under: birds, events, fruit trees, myatts field, planting, stag beetle, Uncategorized

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO PLANT FRUIT TREES

We need people to help us plant a range of fruit trees and bushes around Myatt’s Fields Park greenhouse on Saturday March 6th 2010 from 1pm – 4pm.

The fruit will be used to supply the park’s café and for cooking projects involving local people in the park.

We would very much appreciate as much help as possible with this, so please contact Victoria Sherwin on 0207 926 0394 to book your place. Children welcome. Please wear suitable clothing as it will be muddy.

BUILD A STAG BEETLE HOTEL AND LEARN ABOUT STAG BEETLES

Children will be able to help build a stag beetle hotel in the wildlife area this Saturday February 27th at Myatt’s Fields Park.

They will be given the chance to learn more about these fascinating and endangered creatures during the free session which runs from 2pm – 4pm.

Lambeth Play Association will also be offered free play activities from 1pm – 4pm.

BIRD WATCHING IN MYATT’S FIELDS PARK: SEND US YOUR PHOTOS

A local resident sent us the following summary of birds you might see in Myatt’s Fields Park at the moment:

First the big ones – black carrion crows stomping around on the grass and often quarrelling with other crows; wood pigeons feeding on the ground and roosting in the trees; ‘London ‘ pigeons (feral rock doves) in flocks after bread; green ring-necked parakeets descended from escaped pets – the noisiest birds in the park – and black- headed gulls, usually flying over the park.

Next the medium size: we are still seeing flocks of 40-50 redwings, small thrushes with spotted breasts and a red stripe under the wing, feeding on worms on the grass. They are passing through on their way to nest in Scandinavia and will disappear as soon as warmer weather comes. They often mix with starlings, also in small flocks. Then we have resident and migrant blackbirds digging in leaves under the bushes, and occasionally a great -spotted woodpecker, who may soon send a message for a mate by drumming on one of the trees.

Finally the smaller birds: the robins are establishing their territories by singing vigorously at the start and end of the day. We have a flock of goldfinches – red and gold- often in the tops of the plane trees; and greenfinches with a wheezy sort of song. Great tits and blue tits are the commonest birds in the park; dunnocks are small brown birds that stay under cover, and the wren, smallest of all, is also staying out of sight most of the time. House sparrows are around some of the bird tables in the area, but are hardly ever in the park.

PLEASE SEND US ANY PHOTOS YOU TAKE OF BIRDS IN THE PARK, PARTICULARLY THE MORE UNUSUAL. WE HOPE TO PRODUCE A LEAFLET ABOUT THE PARK AND WOULD LOVE TO INCLUDE PICTURES BY LOCAL PEOPLE
Sherwin,Victoria [VSherwin@lambeth.gov.uk]