Saturday, 26 October 2013

FoMP meeting 22nd October 2013

It was a very positive FoMP meeting at Dacres Wood Field Centre on 22nd October. Martin Hyde gave an update on Pavilion renovation progress with the news that the shell of the building is almost complete after all the delays due to extensive dry rot. The replacement of the foul sewer, however, will generate a few headaches because of the need for deep excavations.
The bowls club will not be continuing but their site will not go to waste, with proposals to develop sports facilities there, subject to successful funding bids.
We learned that the park has been awarded a Green Flag again but this time with 'secret shopper' judging. 
The orchard has had eight very hard working carers through the spring and summer,  who watered the trees every week from April to early September. Thank you to those people. The next task for the orchard is to lightly prune the trees, weed around the base and put a thick layer of wood chip mulch around to suppress weeds. This should be done before the winter.


The three orchards walk (Albion Millennium Green, Mayow Park and de Frene orchards) was a successful event to show our local orchards. The Forest Hill Society environment committee volunteers worked hard to design the flyer and publicise it.
Rain threatened but held off until   the last stage of the walk. 
Steve Grindlay provided a link between the three sites with his historical insight into the area.
Refreshments at De Frene (a site run by local charity Sydenham Garden) were much appreciated although the pizza oven took a long time to heat up sufficiently.
Photos and more detailed write up to follow.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

THREE ORCHARDS WALK saturday 19th October 2013

Visit three orchards in Forest Hill and Sydenham.
Meet at Forest Hill station at 11am,
On to Albion Millennium Green for tree planting and toasting the trees  11.30am.
Then to Mayow Park orchard to meet orchard volunteers, toast the trees, do apple bobbing 12.30pm
Finally on to De Frene orchard (a plot run by Sydenham Garden) for refreshments,  including pizzas made in the earth oven, and activities for the family, 1.30pm.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Volunteers in Mayow Park

Mayow Park volunteers work in the main park, at two locations, the orchard and the two food-growing beds. We find it difficult to find time to work together on the site but are a motivated group. During October we were intending to use our well-rotted mulch, located by the rockery at the far corner of our area, round the fruit bushes and the orchard.
Our plans have now been ruined.
I was dismayed today, 1st October 2013,  to see that ALL our well-rotted woodchip in the corner by the rockery has been taken. No-one asked us.  I am sure the park-keeper was not asked either as he knew what it was intended for.
It has been a hard year for us: 

  • Some people, without asking any of the volunteer group,  planted trees in the herb bed (willow and ash), which had to be removed; 
  • Many of our logs that mark the woodchip path through the grass area were taken. Luckily, thanks to Glendale and Nature's Gym, we were able to get more.
  • Now the mulch has been taken, but we cannot get any more!
It would  be appreciated if the people who took all the mulch would own up to it.

If anyone has a realistic suggestion to get more (free) mulch I would be grateful. If not, then the people who took it all should offer to volunteer to provide fresh mulch for the orchard trees.
With our work as volunteers being undermined so often, we have to ask ourselves whether we should carry on doing this work.