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Earth Science Week Geotrail around Greenwich Park
Earth Science Week Geotrail around Greenwich Park
The London Geodiversity Partnership, supported by the Friends of Greenwich Park, have organised a walk around the Park on 11th October.
The walk starts at 10,30 am from the Thames Path at Greenwich (see * below), through the Old Royal Naval College (formerly Royal Hospital) and past Queen’s House to enter Greenwich Park at Jubilee Gate. The Park is famous for the Meridian but is also interesting for its geology. Within the park four different geological strata are represented with two others underlying the area closer to the Thames. This will be explained as well as aspects of how this area has been restless in the past although all seems quiet now. The influence of the geology on some of the features seen such as the steep slope, springs and fine views will be explained.
The trip is about 5 km long, mostly on metalled paths but there are some steep slopes. There will be a lunch stop at The Pavilion Tea House and the trip should finish by about 3pm close to Greenwich town centre and public transport.
* There is no charge but people should register by emailing email@example.com . Confirmation will include further details such as the starting point.
On Sunday 1 October between 11am and 4pm, the Queen’s Orchard, in the north east corner of the Park, close to the Children’s Playground, will be having a Harvest Festival and displaying the vegetables that have been grown there. You can look round at the other areas, including the heritage fruit trees planted in the wildflower meadow.
Visitors can enjoy talks from experts on bees – and get stuck in with some candle making and honey tasting. Children can participate in pond dipping led by experts from the Field Studies Council and get creative at the orchard themed arts and crafts stall.
Experts from The Royal Parks Guild – The Royal Parks alumni society – will be on hand to answer any questions about food growing.
Woodturning pieces from Greenwich Park timber
There will be an exhibition and auction, in aid of charity, of woodturning pieces made from timber from felled Greenwich Park trees. Some 15 of this country’s leading woodturners have been invited to create and donate a piece of work while a further 15 will be donated by local turner Michael Maisey.
The exhibition will be at the Greenwich Gallery, Peyton Place, from 30 October to 7 November, with the auction taking place at The Trafalgar Tavern, Park Row, SE10 9NW, at 7.30pm on 17 November.
There will be an opportunity to submit bids for the turnings in advance at the Gallery (weekdays 9.30am – 5.30pm; weekends 12pm – 4pm) and on line
Also on display at the auction will be A2 framed photographs by Vivienne Davies of trees in Greenwich Park.
Report on Greenwich Park Birdwalk on Sunday 27 August 2017 by Julia Holland
It was a lovely warm and bright morning and there were 11 of us for the walk which was a nice big group with a broad knowledge of birdwatching both local and general.
Before we set off, high up in the tree where we were standing we heard a “chipping” noise similar to a woodpecker, it turned out to be a Carrion Crow (possibly a juvenile). We set off on the walk starting around the pond area; the usual mixture of Carrion Crows, a few Jackdaws and some Magpies were seen, the Parakeets were squawking and flying around and a number of feral Pigeons and wood Pigeons were around too. A plump rotund Robin was spotted in the bushes edging the pond.
On the pond male and female Mallards, Rosybill Pochards, common Pochards, Moorhens (and young moorhens), a white Duck (hybrid), Tufted Duck, Canada Geese were all seen along with feral Pigeons at the observation/feeding end of the pond.
In the shrubbery/woodland area we spotted several Robins, Wren, Dunnocks and Great Tits.
We walked through to the flower garden where a fairly large number of Goldcrests were seen busily flitting about in the conifer trees.
We re-routed back to the Deer enclosure, all the while accompanied by Great Tits, Robins. Rummaging in the undergrowth and leaflitter were feral Pigeons and Wood Pigeons. The Fallow Deer females and young and also the Red deer females and Stags were all close to the front of the enclosure. A possible chaffinch was heard but not seen. A possible Stock Dove was seen in silhouette on one of the dead tree branches. Jackdaws strutted about on the ground. A beautiful comma butterfly perched for a while on the brambles by the bench.
Our walk had taken a little longer than anticipated, so we walked back through to the dry garden to finish the walk, on our way through the woods a Great Spotted Woodpecker was spotted high up in a tree and Ian pointed to where it was when suddenly a wood Pigeon flew up and landed on his hand probably expecting a treat – a very funny moment!
In the dry garden, a Nuthatch was briefly seen and possible Goldfinches flying over. A male & female blackbird were seen hopping around in the shrubs and a Woodpecker could be heard drumming in the distance.
(24 species seen/heard): Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Magpie, Parakeet, Mallard, Rosybill Pochard, common Pochard, Moorhen, Tufted Duck, white Duck, Canada Geese, Great Tit, Robin, Dunnock, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackbird, feral Pigeon, Wood Pigeon, Goldcrest, Wren, Stock Dove, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Nuthatch.
Final Bandstand Concerts
The Friends of Greenwich Park are organising and paying for a full programme of Sunday afternoon concerts at the Greenwich Park bandstand throughout July and August.
Concerts are free and start at 3 o'clock.
Click here. to see Silver Ghosts on 2nd July
Sunday 23 July: Crystal Palace Band
Sunday 30 July: Lewisham Concert Band
Sunday 6 August: Lambeth Wind Orchestra
Sunday 13 August: South London Jazz Orchestra & Live Band Lindy
Sunday 20 August: Galaxy Big Band
Sunday 27 August: Greenwich Concert Band
Monday 28 August: Mardi Gras Jazz Band
Police Request for Information
The police are currently investigating a crime of animal cruelty in Greenwich Park.
If anyone has any information about this, please could you get in touch with PC Andrew Abbott, contact details below:
Andrew Abbott PC 355RO
Royal Parks OCU
DPO Greenwich Park
Metropolitan Police Service
Telephone: 0207 161 9740
Address: Police Office Blackheath Gate Greenwich Park SE10 8QY
A Reminiscence Meeting was held in the Wildlife Centre on 5 June 2017. Some of the memories are noted below. More memories are posted under the History Group.
1. Just after the war - came as children to play in the park or be brought for walks - to feed the ducks - ordinary ducks as special ones had not been introduced. There was only one place to feed the ducks - by the railings at the north end of the pond. There were no railings round the other sides but notices saying keep off the grass, which people respected. In the 1930s the nannies would bring their children to that spot so they could chat to each other while the children played. There were no squirrels but one person remembered squirrels though when they came into the Park could not be established..
2. There were just two spaces where you could go to see the deer.
3. The Park Keeper kept peacocks in his garden behind his house by the Blackheath gate
4. Valerie remembered the rock garden going in. Initially there were no ponds or water falls
5. Park Keepers wore gaiters - shiny black. They were referred to as ‘Parkies’. The ladies remembered the park keepers coming round in the evening from one gate to the next - always in the same order – ringing a bell and saying “All Out” - you could hear it everywhere. The Park Keepers were intimidating.
6. They remembered two tramps who might have lived in the Park - they had a pram and sometimes the man would push the woman in it. They also went to Eltham Golf Club. Did they sleep at the bottom of the Park near Maze Hill??
7. They remembered that lots of children went to the park on their own taking baby siblings with them. Bottles for the babies and sandwiches for the children so they were in the Park for most of the day. There was one story of being molested in the Park but that didn’t seem very prevalent and it was obviously thought safe for children to be alone.
8. There was a board at the entrances with all the park regulations.
9. In 1950s there were still some bomb sites.
10. In the 1970s the rose garden was flowering - no-one had any recollection of there being a defined rose garden before that. They could remember the two trees, the cedar tree, now blown down and the beech tree, still there but held together wires and with some of the heavy side limbs removed
Summer Holiday Family Activities in Greenwich Park
The Field Studies Council will be running a Summer Club on Tuesdays in August.
Join them for outdoor activities for pre-school age children and separate outdoor activities for children age 5-11.
Explore, Discover, Play and Create in the amazing Park surroundings. Activities will change every session and may depend on the weather and the group.
Morning and afternoon sessions. See diary entries for more details.
Places must be booked in advance at http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/london/learn/families.aspx
Parks-Our Shared Heritage.
This is an exciting new collaboration between The Royal Parks, the Office of Public Works and the Hearsum Collection. It will reveal many of the wonderful stories of these parks and show how they have gradually evolved to meet ever changing needs.
A multimedia exploration of the rich and previously hidden heritage of these unique parks, from their creation as Royal hunting grounds to the much loved public parks we see today.
This is the current exhibition in the Main Gallery at the Mall Galleries from 27th July to 11th August, 10 am to 5 pm.
More details here