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January News

Glorious mud: Bulldozers at work on the Grand Ascent Picture: Andrew Mayfield 

Storm Henk blew in the New Year with a vengeance. Torrential rain and high winds took their toll. But despite the weather the work in the Park continues apace.

Bulldozers are busy on a very muddy Grand Ascent and the giant steps are taking shape. Refurbishment of the Pavilion Cafe has started and it will reopen in the Spring. The new Sancho Cafe is due to start brewing up teas and coffees in March. In the meantime contractor Benugo will be serving refreshments from two temporary kiosks.

Tree surgeons have now felled 53 diseased trees in the Wolfe Statue area and 140 will soon be replanted. Work is due to start on the changes at the Blackheath Gate later in the Spring.

Play misty for me...

The ghost of music past: An ethereal image of the bandstand from the Friends' photography group Picture: Nicholas Butcher

The relaunched Friends' photography group got off to a cracking start last month under the guidance of co-ordinators Ian Welsby and Kevin Wood. Enthusiastic new members came with a wide range of photographic interests and experience. Most importantly, all the new members welcome discussion of their work . 
The next meeting will take place on January 13. Ian said the relative quiet of the Park in Winter could be a good starting theme. If you would like to join the group, email info@friendsofgreenwichpark.org.uk citing 'Photography Group' in the heading.

Park past, present and future

Find out what exciting projects the Greenwich Park Revealed team are up to by joining a talk with Daniella Briscoe-Peaple.
Daniella, Partnerships and Community Engagement Officer for the project, will be explaining how the team is aiming to highlight the layered history of the Park, improve what the Park offers now and continue to preserve the heritage and landscape for the future.
The talk is on Microsoft Teams on January 11 from 18.30 to 19.30. To register click here 

Tree walks
Two walks will take place on January 28 at 11am and 1pm with Monika Dunkel. These are free exclusively to members. Places are limited so those who have not been before will be given priority. Booking opens here at 10 am on January 12.

Bird Walk
Our popular Sunday morning Bird Walks continue through the winter. The talks are led by Julia Holland and last approximately two hours. The next will take place on January 28 and coincides with the RSPB big garden birdwatch. Meet at the Blackheath Gate at 8.30am. There is no need to book, but bring binoculars if you have them.