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News

The Flower Garden will be closed from the 10th to the 14th July 2017 for Surface Dressing of the footpaths.
26 June 2017
Bandstand Concerts
20 June 2017
Greenwich Park Birdwalk Sunday 11 June 2017 by Julia Hollan
19 June 2017
Queens Orchard in Open Gardens Festival
16 June 2017
Jazz in the Park
15 June 2017
Bike Week 2017
5 June 2017
Bird Watching for Beginners-But Experts welcome.
30 May 2017
Remembering Greenwich Park in earlier times .
30 May 2017
History Group Meeting
29 May 2017

The Flower Garden will be closed from the 10th to the 14th July 2017 for Surface Dressing of the footpaths.

26 June 2017

 The decision to close the flower garden during this operation is based on experiences earlier this year when tarmac was laid in the flower garden. Despite placing large signs at all the entrance gates and placing stewards along the route of the works asking people to avoid the works area, some people ignored both by walking and running between the machines as they worked. This was very stressful for the people carrying out the work and delayed the operation by at least a day.

The reason for doing this work at this time of the year is explained below:

The work is not undertaken in the winter months because the ground temperature would be too cold for the bitumen to bond with the surface and chippings sufficiently. As the bitumen hits the cold surface it would harden too quickly before the chippings have time to bed in sufficiently and they would just strip away leaving very few in place – hence the reason for most surface dressing failures are when they have been laid in wet or cold conditions. The operation needs warm temperatures to allow the bitumen and stone chippings to bond effectively.


Bandstand Concerts

20 June 2017

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.

Saturday 24 June:   Royal Greenwich Big Band and Greenwich Steel Band

Sunday 25 June:      London Gay Symphonic Winds

Sunday 2 July:          Silver Ghosts 

Sunday 9 July:          National Jazz Youth Orchestra Academy Band

Sunday 16 July:        Belvedere Concert Band

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

 


Greenwich Park Birdwalk Sunday 11 June 2017 by Julia Hollan

19 June 2017

There was a slight early morning chill and a fairly strong gusty wind. It was a little overcast but the day was forecast to be fine. I did a quick walk around the cricket green and into the rose garden where I could hear and occasionally see the numerous Wrens in the bushes making their presence known, also there were some Robins flitting about in the bushes.  On the tree-lined path north of the tennis courts, a male Chaffinch was in fine voice singing high up in a tree.  As I walked back towards the Blackheath gate, on the cricket green were Wood and feral Pigeons along with a Mistle Thrush standing tall and hopping about in its quest for worms. Whilst waiting at the Blackheath gate I was serenaded by a Blackbird and some feral Pigeons cooing.
I started the walk by going through the lake area and the usual carrion Crows, Jackdaws, Magpies and feral Pigeons were present in large numbers.  Also spotted were a number of Blue Tits and Robins flitting about.  The Parakeets were brash and noisy as they flew around the trees. The lovely song of a Blackcap was heard in the bushes, hard to spot at first but then I saw him sitting on a branch overlooking the lake.  On the lake, male and female Mallards, red crested Pochards, Coots and Moorhens. A white Goose was also sitting in the middle of the lake. Around the Deer enclosure, the Deer were very close by with a stag and his group of female Fallow Deer feeding from the trough.  The Red Deer stag wandered by, soon followed by his group of female Red Deer.  As I stood there for a little while I could hear a Blackcap, Great Tits, Blue Tits and Wood & feral Pigeons. On into the flower garden and the distant drumming of woodpecker was heard briefly. Blue Tits were feeding on seeds in the pine trees.  Wrens were heard in abundance throughout the park and as I exiting the flower garden I was treated to a close encounter with a flock of Long Tailed Tits low down in the shrub border and trees and a male Chaffinch singing away high up in a tree by the gate.
I walked through to the observatory gardens, by this time it was getting quite warm and sunny and the birds were very quiet compared to earlier in the morning in the top half of the park. Apart from the odd peep,peep of the Blue Tits I didn’t observe any birds. Walking back through the Rose Garden, the Wrens and Robins were still around.  On the last bit of the walk through the dry garden behind the toilet block another male Chaffinch, another gang of Long Tailed Tits and Blackbirds were all heard and seen. Lastly to finish the walk, the wonderfully joyful and aerobatic Swifts were flying and screeching high overhead to signal the summer has (hopefully) arrived.
(22 species seen/heard)


Queens Orchard in Open Gardens Festival

16 June 2017

The Queens Orchard will be open on 24th and 25th June, from 2pm to 5pm as part of the Open Gardens Festival.

Full details of the Open Gardens Festival are found here.


Jazz in the Park

15 June 2017

Bring a picnic to the Jazz tomorrow

The Friend’s annual Midsummer Jazz Concert has become one of the highlights of our year in the Park. Once again it will feature the Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, who will be supported by the talented local youngsters of the Greenwich Steel Band. This is an event for the whole family, held in the Observatory Gardens.

Gardens open from 12.00 pm on Sunday 18 June, concert starts at 12.30pm and finishes at 3.30 pm.

Our sponsors, Davy's of Greenwich, will run a bar, and the Park's Pavilion Cafe will have a stall selling food, ice cream and soft drinks.

Adults £7 on the gate, under 16 free.

Tickets are non-refundable if the event is cancelled due to bad weather.

 

 


Bike Week 2017

5 June 2017

Cyclists will be able to get a free bike ‘MOT’ and police security marking, and hear more about how the parks are encouraging safe and considerate cycling. The Royal Parks is hosting Bike Week 2017 across London’s Royal Parks.
The team will be available at the following locations:
Kensington Gardens (The Broad Walk), Monday 12 June, 4pm - 7pm
The Regent’s Park (The Slips, south east of Macclesfield Bridge), Tuesday 13 June,  4pm - 7pm
Brompton Cemetery (The Great Circle near the Chapel), Wednesday 14 June, 4pm - 7pm
Greenwich Park (Great Cross Avenue), Thursday 15 June, 4pm - 7pm
Hyde Park (Broad Walk by the Achilles statue), Friday 16 June, 4pm - 7pm
Richmond Park (Roehampton Gate near Roehampton Gate cafe), Saturday 17  June , 10am – 3.30pm
The Royal Parks’ Bike Week activities are part of a wider project to improve cycling across the parks.
Projects include:
improvements to a range of junctions, entrances and exits to the parks to make them safer for all users including cyclists;
continued work with Transport for London and the Mayor’s Office on the development of the Cycle Superhighway to make it as safe as possible for cyclists; and
the development of  behavioural change initiatives to encourage all park users to be considerate to each other including improved signage and information.
Read more about cycling in The Royal Parks here.


Bird Watching for Beginners-But Experts welcome.

30 May 2017

The Friends are pleased to announce that Julia Holland has offered to lead the Sunday Morning Bird Walks in the absence of David Morris. They will start at  8.30am and she will help the guests to identify the birds that are seen or heard.

The first walk is on 11th June at 8.30 am.
Dates will be publicised by poster and on the Friends of Greenwich Park website.

There are no charges and booking is not required: just turn up at the Blackheath Gate. If at all possible, please bring along binoculars because this will improve your experience enormously.


Remembering Greenwich Park in earlier times .

30 May 2017

The Greenwich Park History Group is hoping to gather information about the Park from long established locals. It is all part of piecing together the more recent history and development of the Park.

There is the book 'Greenwich Park, it's History and Associations' written by Angus Duncan Webster covering the periods up to Victorian / Edwardian times, but what was going on during the Second World War and in the decades after?

Have you lived in the area for many years? Do you have a relative who was a local before or during the war who talked to you about the Park? Do you have photographs from visits in the fifties or later? For instance, in what state were the trees on the Blackheath Avenue which necessitated their removal and replanting in the fifties? We would love to talk to you to learn more from your memories.

Please come along on Monday 5th June at 2.30 pm to the Wildlife Centre for a cup of tea, some cake and a chat. Your memories could really help us expand our knowledge. To plan the event and to make sure that we have an adequate number of people to talk to you, please contact Sue Yates (info@friendsofgreenwichpark.org.uk).

There is of course no charge.


History Group Meeting

29 May 2017

The next meeting of the Friends of Greenwich Park History Group will be on Friday 2nd June at 11 am.

The group meets quarterly in the Wildlife Centre, Flower Garden, Greenwich Park.

You would be very welcome if you wanted to come along and join the group. If you need a parking permit, please call at the Park Office by the Blackheath Gate and give your name to Christine Sheffield and she will give you one.

If you are interested, please contact Brian Starkey on grenparkpast@gmail.com