Enable Parks Quarterly Newsletter: May 2016

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From the Friends

Thank you to the Friends of the Fred Wells Gardens: “We’ve been busy running a gardening club with the Love to Learn children at the Katherine Low Settlement. The Autumn planted crocuses all appeared, much to their delight! We’ve started sowing seeds to plant out into the Gardens next term; sweet peas, marigolds and cosmos. Expect some Spring working parties to tidy up in the Gardens, we’ll post details our Facebook page.”
tfofwg@gmail.com      @FredWellsGardens     Facebook.com/Friends of the Fred Wells Gardens If you would like to feature in the newsletter, email gkelly@wandsworth.gov.uk with your updates!


Creation of amphibian pools on Wandsworth CommonW Comm frog ponds 2016

During February Enable Parks, Quadron and Froglife created shallow wetlands at the northern end of the main lake on Wandsworth Common. These wetlands are intended for breeding frogs, toads and newts. They will fill naturally with rainwater and lake overspills and dry out seasonally in summer and autumn once the amphibians have finished the aspects their life cycle that require water.
Trees were coppiced to allow light into the area and the wood has been stacked at the edges and covered with soil where it will provide habitat for the froglets, toadlets and newtlets throughout the remainder of their life cycle. The area is temporarily fenced off whilst the plant life re-establishes.
For further information please email biodiversity@enablelc.org



Bug Hotel imageThe Friends of Furzedown Rec present: The Wildflower Meadow Open Day

Furzedown Recreation Ground   |   Free Saturday 11 June   |   11am – 3pm
Build a ‘bug hotel’ we will provide the timber and tools, please bring along your own materials to make the bugs house a home, such as; cardboard, leaves, twigs, loose bark, small crockery, broken plant pots, pebbles, bamboo canes, fir cones…

Volunteers needed! Please email Chris if you would be able to help out. Organiser: Chris Sherwin 07931 928 695 or chris@marvellousdemon.com Further information: Sam Kemp 020 8871 7017 or SKemp@wandsworth.gov.uk


Green Places: Update on our projects

Bramford Gardens The large shady bed next to the community garden planted in November is doing well and is starting to fill out. The Hellebores were in flower over the winter and the Leucothoe provided crimson hues too. The Acanthus mollis is doing particularly well. 

Salvia 'Mainacht'Montefiore Gardens The ‘L’ shaped bed planted in November with perennial bedding is doing well and should develop throughout the coming months and fill out with flowering plants. The bulbs that have remained along the fence line have looked good all spring providing lots of colour. Look out for the perennials quickly sprouting into life in the next few weeks.


Heathbrook central bed
Heathbrook Park
The central island bed planted in March 2015 was a success over last summer but has suffered recently. Some damage to the shrubs and trees will mean that we will be replacing some of the shrubs to give it a chance to reach its potential. It should still look great this summer with lots of scented flowers. Keep an eye out for the long flowering Penstemons that still have flowers in the autumn.


Fred Wells Gardens The areas planted in November 2015 are doing well and have added interest to an otherwise bare part of the park. Along with the recently installed railings the new planting greatly improves this area of Fred Wells Gardens and hopefully it will thrive in this well loved local park.

Wandsworth Park The bed adjacent to the tennis court planted up in January will remain fenced off temporarily to give the plants a chance to establish. The bed was planted with a selection of Hebes, Fatsia, and Berberis to give varied texture and colour. Groundcover plants Vinca and Waldsteinia have been planted under the tree canopy to try and provide colour in this bare patch.

Coronation Gardens Shrubs planted in November 2015 along northern boundary wall are doing well and promise to offer colour and interest throughout the summer. Watch out for the sweet smelling white flowers of the Philadelphus in early summer and the purple flowers of the lilac which are also highly scented. The plants will grow into a hedge along the whole 90 metre length in the next few years and will provide a natural habitat for animals and insects.

Wandsworth Park tennis court bed 2Latchmere Recreation Ground The former tarmac area that was seeded to grass in October is flourishing and green. The area was reopened on the Thursday 24 March and consultation will follow to allow local people to help decide on further developments such as paths, seating and planting.



Furzedown Recreation Ground The wildflower area that was installed in June 2015 is looking in good health after a slow start and should come to life and provide plenty of colour this spring and summer. There are already some flowers such as Self heal (Prunella vulgaris) and Ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolata).


Playground Updates

Swaby Garden The junior playground will be refurbished and the toddler play area moved next to it. We will be seeking your votes on a large new playground structure for the centre of the playground, more information in the next newsletter.

Leaders Gardens A new play garden will transform the shady grass area opposite the café. The new garden will focus on landscaping to form a natural area with an insect house, logs and planting.

Upper Tooting Park In April we started to transform the toddler area into a larger play bus/climbing unit. Watch this space!



Parks Service News
Battersea Park Dog Show 2016

Parks Summer Survey 2016

We want to know your thoughts about the parks you use in Wandsworth. Staff will be touring selected sites to hear your feedback. The survey will also be available online through Survey Monkey and will be circulated through the newsletter. Subscribe to the newsletter here.

Over the summer, staff will spend time at each community park talking to you, to find out your views about your local park. Look out for the green feather banner!

The survey will also be online from 1 July to 30 September 2016. More details to follow nearer the time.

Falcon Park and Shillington Park Thurs 9 June 1 to 2pm
Latchmere Recreation Ground Thurs 9 June 3.30 to 4.30pm
Fred Wells Gardens Wed 15 June 3.30 to 4.30pm
Harroway Gardens Wed 15 June 5 to 5.30pm
Upper Tooting Park Tues 21 June 3.30 to 4.30pm
Heathbrook Park Thurs 30 June 3 to 4pm
Montefiore Gardens Thurs 30 June 4 to 5pm
Garratt Lane Old Burial Ground Tues 12 July 12.30 to 1.30pm
Garratt Green Wed 13 July 3.30 to 4.30pm
Lavender Gardens Wed 03 August 1 to 2pm
Putney Old Burial Ground Wed 10 August 2 to 3pm
The Pleasance and Putney Park Lane Wed 10 August 3.30 to 4.30pm
Swaby Gardens Fri 19 August 10 to11am
Godley Gardens Fri 19 August 12 to 1pm
Coronation Gardens Tues 23 August 1.30 to 2.30pm
Leader’s Gardens Tues 23 August 3 to 4pm
Garratt Park Wed 31 August 1 to 2pm
Furzedown Recreation Ground Wed 31 August 4 to 5pm
Fountain Recreation Ground Tues 06 September 3 to 4pm
Tooting Gardens Tues 06 September 2 to 3pm
York Gardens Wed 07 September 12.30 to 1.30pm
Christchurch Gardens to be confirmed
Queenstown Green to be confirmed
Bramford Gardens to be confirmed
Wandsworth Park to be confirmed


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