November can be rather unpredictable weather-wise so we were delighted that the forecast was for a dry day with some sunshine.
Friends of Mayow Park(FOMP) had arranged with Glendale Lewisham (who manage the park) that they would come and do some necessary maintenance work with FOMP volunteers working alongside.
Some Glendale staff worked on planned maintenance work elsewhere around the park making the place look and sound like a hive of activity.
We've been awarded funding for more picnic benches - some at the other side of the park and some for the picnic area, which is why we were sprucing it up.
|Overgrown hedge hides seating|
We wanted to tidy up the picnic area, clear away some of the overgrown hedge behind the space, tidy up the picnic benches which we acquired some years ago, clean up the sitting benches beside the overgrown hedge and refurbish the triangular green metal picnic table so it will be available to use for many more years.
Glendale brought equipment to cut back the hedge, water to jet wash the picnic benches, sand paper and paint.
While FOMP volunteers and some Glendale staff worked in the picnic area, others removed an old, battered and untidy noticeboard which had long stopped being useful. It took much effort to dig up the concrete base of that one and we were too busy working capture the effort on camera. They also repaired the other noticeboard facing the children's playground and picnic area.
|scraping and sanding old paint and rust|
|sanded and ready for painting|
|primed and undercoated|
|First coat of green paint|
Did all this effort make a difference?
|The seating is visible|
|Hedge cleared, picnic bench painted|
|Paint for the picnic benches|
We did one more special thing: Mayow Park, along with quite a few other Lewisham parks, was awarded another Green Flag. Glendale, with Pippa's help, took down the old flag and put up the new one.
|Pippa helps remove old flag 2018/19|
|Pippa prepares to hoist the new flag 2019/20|
And then it was time for a group photo, but some were too busy to join us.
Some of us gathered for a photo opportunity|
Thanks go to the Glendale managers and all their maintenance crew for coming along to enable FOMP to work alongside them.