The archived pdf Newsletters (1 to 81) were edited by Dr Martin Heath as superviser of the Belair Project, and include attributed contributions by others. Some have been reconfigured here as blog posts for ease of browsing and viewing. (An archive of the original PDFs is available here.) More recent newsletters are posted below.
I am pleased to inform you the Herne Hill Flood Alleviation Scheme has been shortlisted for the Institute of Civil Engineers – London Evening Standard People’s Choice Award. The winner will be decided by public vote.
I should be most grateful if you could please vote for us and also encourage others to do likewise. The Herne Hill FAS is on third column, third row on the link below.
Thank you very much for your support.
Who will be our next MP?
Rathy Alagaratnam – UK Independence Party
James Barber – Liberal Democrats
Helen Hayes – Labour Party
Resham Kotecha – Conservative Part
Steve Nally – Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
Rashid Nix – Green Party
It’s up to you!
To help you make up your mind, come and raise the issues that concern you at our
ELECTION QUESTION TIME
7pm on WEDNESDAY 29TH APRIL 2015 THE PORTICO GALLERY
23a KNIGHTS HILL SE27
To make sure your topic is covered, send your questions, particularly local constituency issues, in advance to:email@example.com.
All candidate have been invited; so far only the above have confirmed.
Why not celebrate the start of spring by getting your green fingers out and helping us to plant up the exciting rain garden project at Cressingham Gardens! Come along for a day of planting in the sunshine, everyone is welcome and the community centre will be open with refreshments so we should be well catered for. Please find full event details here and feel free to contact me via email or on the mobile number below for more information. If you are local and cold bring along a spade and some gardening gloves without too much inconvenience that would be a great help.
I look forward to seeing some of you there!
With best wishes,
Lost Effra Project Coordinator
London Wildlife Trust – Protecting London’s wildlife for the future
Mobile: 07971 315 245
Since the Annual General Meeting late last year, the Friends have been hard at work, liaising with Southwark councillors and officers to improve your Park and working also in defence of other local green spaces. We have a backlog of news, much of it concerning the aftermath of the flood relief works, and we shall be bringing you this in a series of bulletins of which this is the first.
We begin with an update about a much-loved tree in Belair Park, the American Swamp Cypress, close to the mansion. It has been a much-admired feature of the Park for many years (see the photo taken on September 16, 2012). The species (Taxodium distichum) is otherwise known as the Bald Cypress because it drops its leaves annually.
A long-lived tree, often reaching ages of over half a millennium, it is a native of swampy forests in the SE corner of the USA. One of its notable feature is that in environments in which the water fluctuates, it typically produces woody “knees” that rise out of the water-logged surface and enable the tree to get oxygen down to its submerged roots. There has been no need for our specimen to produce “knees” in its present location.
Sadly, our tree was struck by lightning in mid-October, 2014, and the top section came down. There has been talk about removing the remaining section (the present appearance of the tree is shown in the photo, taken on April 11, 2015), but during this month, after a brief email exchange between Martin Heath, Chair of the Friends, Paul Highman, Dulwich area parks manager and tree officer Ian Williams, a decision has been taken to preserve the lower part of the tree.
It was not the only swamp cypress in the Park, but it was the easiest to find!
As you are aware Bee Urban will be moving before the 2nd of March 2015. We are in need of volunteers to help with this epic task and many of you have already kindly offered.
We asking for volunteers from tomorrow Thursday 19th to 1st March. We will bee at the Bee Barn (Kennington Park, Lambeth, SE11 4AU) 10-5pm every day, please come and join us… Tasks will range from transplanting, boxing up and de-constructing the Bee Barn other structures. Many different tasks for all abilities to participate, all welcome even to just say hello. Copyright © 2015 Bee Urban, All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.beeurban.org.uk
FOBP reproduce this rather lovely sounding invitation from Daniel Greenwood of the London Wildlife Trust:
Please find attached a poster for our upcoming Winter Tree ID walk at Sydenham Hill Wood on Sunday 25th January from 13:00-15:00. Please meet inside the Crescent Wood Road entrance, wear sturdy footwear and clothing suitable for the conditions.
This walk is designed to help you to learn how to identify trees when not in leaf. As remnant ancient woodland, Sydenham Hill Wood has a range of native tree species but also, after the development of Victorian villas and resulting gardens, there are a number of non-native and exotic trees which can also be found. This walk is a good way to get into the natural and cultural history of the Great North Wood, its trees, and its continuing relevance to our way of life today.
Whilst gift-giving is normal practice in the business world, it is generally accepted that public figures should practise extreme caution in receiving gifts. As Private Eye deadpans in its opening sentence from the article ‘China and Qatar gives thanks to Boris & Co’ (12th Dec 2014):
“BORIS JOHNSON’s plan to hand Crystal Palace Park to Chinese corporation ZhongRong so it can build a hotel in the historic London green space has already had a big impact on the London mayor’s hospitality register.” read the rest of the article here
Inside Croydon – who have been tenacious and belligerent even on the ZhongRong proposal – comment on Private Eye’s investigative journalism findings in their article (10.12.2014): Boris aides make a meal of London Mayor’s Chinese giveaway