I’m very pleased to announce that following our AGM on Thursday 14 June we have elected a new chair: Kirsty Black (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Friends ended the 2011/2012 year with £3,600 in the bank, a healthy rising membership and a park that’s being looked after better than ever.
Our Lovely Jubbly picnic was a big success (we made a profit, c. 500 people came, and the rain held off).
The Bridge (formerly The One O’Clock Club), a not-for-profit community interest company chaired by Eve Daniels, is very close to signing a lease with the Council to allow it to become the thriving, inclusive community hub it always had the potential to become.
I hope you all give it your full support.
I would like to give special thanks to our outgoing secretary and events director, Kate Powling, for all her hard work over the last six years. Without her effort and tenacity few of the events in the park would’ve taken place.
The newly elected committee is as follows:
Chair: Kirsty Black
Treasurer: Matt Hall
Secretary: Rob Whiley
Membership secretary: Sue Gay
General committee: Steve Brain, Christine Braybrooke, Lizzie Cooper, Tony McTurk, Matt Rubery, Jon Thorn, Angie Whiley.
As the outgoing chair, I wish Kirsty and the new committee all the very best for the future. The Pleasaunce is in safe hands.
In October 2011 volunteers from Transition Westcombe and the Friends of East Greenwich Pleasaunce planted wildfower seeds in-between the lime trees along the north wall of the park.
It was an experiment and we didn't know if it would work. But as you can see from the photos, it clearly did. And what a wonderful sight they are.
You may have noticed areas around trees and against fences where the grass has been allowed to grow. This isn't Parks being lazy, it's deliberate. We've asked them to do this in order to attract pollinating insects - bees and butterflies.
Not only do they look beautiful, they also eat predatory insects like aphids, thereby reducing the need for pesticides to protect our new fruit trees.
The idea is to make the 'hoggin' path around the park as much like a country lane as possible.
The Council has agreed to the plan but can't give us any money towards the new gate and fencing (estimated cost £8,000 - £10,000). With that in mind we propose to change the boundary of The Bridge centre (formerly The One O'Clock Club) to allow the path to continue along the south and west walls, thus allowing dog-walkers and others to complete whole laps of the park.
East Greenwich Community Festivals, the group organising the 1948 Olympics-themed event in August, have offered to contribute, as part of a legacy project. But if you know of any other funding sources, do let us know.
Green-fingered volunteers from Transition Westcombe and The Friends of East Greenwich Pleasaunce dug, planted and staked six new fruit trees on Sunday 8th January.
The new additions - varieties of plum and apple - bring the total number of trees in the Pleasaunce Memorial Orchard to 12.
Many thanks to The London Orchard project for providing the trees and expertise in how to prepare the ground and erect the protective cages. Thanks also to Greenwich Parks for giving the go-ahead and providing copious quantities of mulch.
An impressive effort saw the six trees planted into two hours. Well done everyone.