Friends of Queenscroft Park

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About Friends of Queenscroft Park

We are a volunteer-led Friends of the Park community group, set up with the support of the Royal Borough of Greenwich Council. We are an independent voice to protect and promote the pack and it's facilities for local residents and park users. We aim to do this by promoting the park its use, supporting and protecting wildlife, holding community events and fundraising to improve facilities.

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Queenscroft Party in the Park: Sat 8 July 2017

It's ramping up for our PARKSfest smile fun day on 8th July from 12noon to 5pm - the Mottingham Brass band are playing at noon and we'll also have some rock n'roll bands later on in the afternoon.

We've got the giant blue bouncy castle back by popular demand and a puppet making theatre-themed workshop for the kids as well as facepainting.

Lots of gift stalls and food vans too!

If you'd like a stall, there's still space, find out more email queenscroftfriends@gmail.com

Look forward to seeing you there - keep up to date on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/queenscroftpark/

Celebrating under a very old oak tree

We had a fantastic time celebrating under our old oak tree in August, as part of the Woodland Trust's Tree Party events. We did some wild painting (using dried grasses and ferns as paintbrushes) and den building, as well as catching up with friends and having a lovely picnic.

It was great to see kids having fun and enjoying the outdoors and we were delighted to also have John and Gaynor Wingham from Eltham Arts come along and chat to us about what their group is up to and ways that we can work together.

We chose the oak tree in our park to have our picnic under, we think it's over 300 years and existed well before the estate on Middle Park was built in the 1930s. We've decided to name our tree 'The Iron Oak', to commemorate William Blenkiron. He was a successful business man and ran a stud farm on the site of our park in the 1840s. He had several successful winners at Newmarket Races and today there is still a stake called the 'Middle Park Stake' run at this famous racecourse.

We've entered our tree into the Woodland Trust's competition to be taken forward for their Tree of the Year. If we win, we get £1,000 to spend on getting survey of the tree done (to find out it's exact age and what we can do to care for it), a plaque to tell the story of our park, our tree and the connection to Blenikron.

More pics from our Tree Party on ourFacebook page here (don't forget to like our page!!).

We hope to do another event soon, watch this space.

Queenscroft Party in the Park: a glorious day

After months of planning and hard work by the Friends Group and with the support of the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s #PARKSfest, Queenscroft’s Party in the Park took place on Saturday 16th July and what a glorious day it turned out to be!

The sun shined and residents turned out in force to enjoy the big blue bouncy castle, music by local rock n’roll band Senior Moments, local traders, including delicious food from the Grilling Greek a dazzling array of ice creams from Ali Kiranel (that’s the lovely pink ice-cream van you see often doing the rounds!), as well as facepainting, sand art making and a range of other food and stalls. The Middle Park Guides and Brownies came along too and ran a treasure hunt as well as some sports activities.

The Friends Group ran a raffle to raise money for the park and we also had a free fancy dress competition to entertain the kids, judged by our local MP Clive Efford. We were also very lucky to have South East London Community Energy lent us their amazing solar generator for the day (to power the band), this great local cooperative aims to take action on climate change and fuel poverty.

Queenscroft Park has not had an event like this for many years and the park is in need of a bit of regeneration, after many years of Council budget cuts and lack of investment in the park and its facilities. We’d like to change that.

In the short-term, we hope to spread the word about what a wonderful space the park is, get more noticeboards and signage, repair the damaged toilet block, so we can use it as a storeroom and have access to running water and electricity (which means we can run more events like this more easily, and be a more attractive space to encourage community groups and schools to use the park regularly).

Our longer-term, bigger plans include creating a bog garden around the stream area, to teach children about wildlife and ecology, and we’ve discussed the idea of a sand pit or skate park in the disused paddling pool area. If you have any ideas of suggestions or would like to help out, do get in touch queenscroftfriends@gmail.com

You can also support us by becoming a friend of the park, it’s just £5 per year, email us for more details.

The comments and feedback from everyone was amazing, it was great to have everyone’s support, to see the park packed with families and local people, and we hope to see you again next year!

Growing wild in the park

We were very pleased to receive our seeds from Kew Garden’s Grow Wild project in the post. They came in a lovely box, with details of the types of seeds and instructions on how to plant them, and, as an added bonus, a make-your-own bee house!

We set to work planting them in the park on a cold but sunny day – first we had to prepare the ground, by getting rid of the weeds and grass and raking it over, then we mixed our seeds with sand and then with the help of my very excited son, we spread them over the patch.

And after a final rake, we now just have to wait for them to grow. We’ll be out watering them over the next few weeks, keep an eye out for us!

Unfortunately our bid for funding for Grow Wild wasn’t succesful this year, but we still want to introduce more wild plants and flowers in the park, so we’ll keep trying.

And finally, we put up the bee house from the pack and are eagerly awaiting some residents!

You are invited to a tree party

Posted on behalf of Friends of Queenscroft Park
We are holding a tree party in the park to celebrate our 300 year old oak on Saturday 20 August 2016 at 12 noon - everyone is welcome!

Bring a picnic and a blanket, we'll be doing some wild painting for the younger kids (wear old clothes or bring an apron, it is messy!!) and den building for the older ones.

All activities are free! Meet by the oak tree near the outdoor gym /basket ball court.

We have entered our tree, which we've named 'The iron oak' into the @woodlandtrusts tree of the year competition.

We are highlighting the connection between William Blenkiron (hence the iron oak!), who lived on the Middle Park grounds in the 1800s and bred horses for racing. Today there is still a Middle Park Stake (race) held at Newmarket race course, and hence the name ''Newmarket Green' for our little row of shops on the estate.

If we win, we get £1000 to spend on a survey of the tree, helping us to protect the tree (and the park), a plaque to explain the history and hold an event to get local people involved! Watch this space...
When
20 Aug 2016 at 12:00pm
until 20 Aug 2016 at 2:00pm
Where
Queenscroft Park
London
SE9 5Ej