Impact of Coronavirus on Activities in the Park – March 2020
Sadly the Friends of the Park are having to draw in their horns for the foreseeable future, so no gardening sessions or clean-ups are planned. We hope we can pick up tools again in the autumn. In the meantime we urge all park users to take care and keep safe.
New Town North Development Proposed for the Land Adjacent to the Park
The final consultation event planned for 2nd April 2020 in Broughton St Mary’s Parish Church has been cancelled. Instead, the developers will post their proposals on their website http://www.newtownnorth.co.uk on 2nd April.
We hope that all lovers of the park will visit the website and respond with their views. This will be the last chance to comment before a formal planning application is lodged, probably at some point in the summer.
The proposals to date indicate that six-storey blocks of flats will flank the boundary of the park to the south, the south west and the west. They will change the very special green and secluded character of the park for ever and the Friends believe that we should lose no opportunity to put the case for moderating the overwhelming scale of the development.
We are just changing our site to fit our new logo and look. Hoping this helps develop our community and encourage even more participation in looking after our wonderful park.
At last, some nice weather to appreciate all the new growth. Tete a tete narcissi planted by children from Stockbridge Primary in November are looking great.
Thanks to all the people who joined us on
Sunday to clear litter and help with a bit of gardening. As well as a bit of weeding we started on sorting the path edges. All were agreed that it’s great to see those beautiful setts again.
Our park ranger is working with a corporate volunteer group later this month.
We hope to be back for more in June. Please get in touch if you are interested in joining us.
The spring bulbs are blooming well already including the ones planted outside The Yard by children from Heriot Hill Nursery.
We have organised two clean ups per year, usually in the spring and autumn and we will continue to do so. These usually prove popular and we will continue to organise them.
We have often been asked if we organise any gardening days where local residents help out, so we had a think how we can best help. We are working with the Park rangers to ensure that any efforts we offer will complement what the council do for us.
If you are interested in helping then please let us know at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re pleased to let you know that the RSPB have chosen our wee park to do a Bioblitz on 3 August. It’s fun and free. see you there. More details
The fun day in the park went well yesterday. Fun activities from Calum and team from the council youth service and great bug hunting with the RSPB (who will be back on 3 August). Lesley and Jacqui from the Friends committee cooked up a great BBQ in initially challenging conditions. Other friends had a go at removing the recent graffiti on the stone wall, with good success.
Please join us between 2 and 4 pm on Monday 25 July. Calum from Community Education is running Family Fun in the Park, as he has for the past two years. It is a free event with lots of great activities and we are providing a free barbecue. Hope to see you then!
Also a few people have been asking about helping with a bit of gardening in the park. If you are interested too then please come and hear our plans with wildflower meadows and other wildlife friendly developments. We will also have the RSPB visiting. We’re always keen to hear from you.