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RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch
RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch
The next Drop-in at the Wildlife Centre is 1-3 pm on Saturday 26th January. We will be giving out leaflets for the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch which the team at Greenwich Park has supported for nearly 20 years. We will also be displaying two lovely new books which the Friends of Greenwich Park have gifted to us. They are “The Book of Trees” and “The Book of Bees” both by Piotr Socha and Wojeiech Grajkowski.They are beautifully illustrated and, though aimed at the younger reader, all facts are present and correct. The new hornets’ nest (vacated by the hornets, of course) will also be on display.
Annual Lecture 2019: The Painted hall at Greenwich: Conserving a Masterpiece
In September 2016 the Greenwich Foundation embarked on one of the most complex and challenging painting conservation projects in Europe. The aim was to clean and conserve 40,000 sq ft of Sir James Thornhill’s magnificent decorated interior of the Painted Hall, at the heart of the Old Royal Naval College. The project, due for completion early in 2019, has included an ambitious public access component, with the huge Lower Hall scaffolding open to visitors to allow a close encounter both with Thornhill’s work and with the conservators charged with rejuvenating the damaged surface. In this talk William Palin will discuss this landmark project.
William Palin is Conservation Director at the Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich. He is an architectural writer and historian, working previously as exhibitions curator at Sir John Soane’s Museum and as Director of SAVE Britain’s Heritage. He lives in London and Sheerness, Kent. He is a trustee of the Ancient Monuments Society and chair of the Sheerness Dockyard Preservation Trust.
The lecture is on Wednesday evening 23 January 2019, 7.30pm for 8pm, at the King William Lecture Theatre, University of Greenwich.
Tickets £10 to include a glass of wine.
Or send a cheque payable to Friends of Greenwich Park, with sae to:
Friends of Greenwich Park, 52 Greenwich Park Street, SE10 9LT. Tel: 020 8853 2150.
Greenwich Park Revealed Volunteer Survey
Helen Wallis has been recruited as part of the Greenwich Park Revealed project. Before coming to The Royal Parks, she worked at London Wildlife Trust for 11 years, in a range of roles including supporting volunteers, leading practical habitat management sessions and training conservation trainees. Her role as Partnership and Community Engagement (PACE) Officer is to consult park users and local communities about Greenwich Park Revealed and develop pilot programmes for the project. Four main themes have been identified: biodiversity enhancements and tree replacement; volunteering and training opportunities; landscape restoration; and the Learning Centre.
There will be public consultations in the Park to discuss these themes during the spring half term and Easter holiday next year. This consultation process includes surveying existing and potential volunteers about our new volunteering opportunities. These include researchers for new talks and walks, gardening, mobility drivers, education, community archaeology and Park Ambassadors to meet and greet visitors and give them information about the Park.
If you want to share your views on volunteering at Greenwich Park or might be interested in the new volunteering possibilities, you can complete a short survey online or you can pick up a hard copy at the Park Office.
If you would like to know more about Greenwich Park Revealed, Helen may be contacted: hwallis@royalparks. org.uk, 07817 882 135 or during the week she is based in Greenwich Park Office.
Bird Watching for Beginners-But Experts welcome.
The Friends are pleased to confirm that the bird walks will resume in the Autumn. This is an interesting time of year as birds are on the move. Julia Holland will lead the Sunday Morning Bird Walks on 30 September, 25 November and 30 December. These guided walks are free and you don't need to book. Just turn up at 8.30am at the Blackheath Gate. If at all possible, please bring along binoculars because this will improve your experience enormously.
Giant Steps Investigation
Archaeologist Graham Keevill and Historic England’s Mark Stevenson are back in Greenwich Park investigating potential sites for a community archaeology dig as part of the Greenwich Revealed Project.