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The annual search for fungi in the Park will take place on 25th October at 11 am. Meet Anne Andrews at Blackheath Gate.
Even in very dry conditions Anne Andrews finds much of interest to arouse our curiosity. Conditions this year will depend on the level of rainfall. This walk will awaken an interest in the subject and sharpen your observational skills. The Wildlife Centre has many books if you wish to consult.
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.
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.
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