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.

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Southwark should re-think and preserve our woodland insists May 13 campaign meeting.

This newsletter edition is formatted as a PDF:

Community Action May 20, 2015

I direct you to the website of  www.SaveSouthwarkWoods.org.uk  should you wish to sign any of their many petitions.

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Belair Park nominated for flood award

FOBP reproduce this e-mail from John Kissi of Southwark Council:

Dear All,

 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.

 http://www.ice.org.uk/nearyou/UK-Regions/London/ICE-London-Civil-Engineering-Awards/2015-Awards

 Thank you very much for your support.

Best wishes

John Kissi

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Election Time Questions

Norwood forum motto

But who will speak for us in Parliament?

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:info@norwoodforum.org.

All candidate have been invited; so far only the above have confirmed.

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Anyone for Tennis?

Have you been meaning to get back into tennis? Would you like to meet new people to play? Join the brand new Belair and Dulwich Parks Tennis League! Open to men and women (aged 18+) of all standards, it’s a great way to have some competitive fun and set yourself a new sporting challenge. Players arrange their own time to play over 8 weeks, from Thursday 14 May to Wednesday 8 July.
 
Entries close: Monday 11 May
 
Join online:
 
For more details, email info+dulwich@localtennisleagues.com or ring Sally or Nigel on 0750 328 1732

 

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Rain garden planting day Saturday 18th April, 10am – 4pm (or drop by anytime)

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,

 Helen Spring

Lost Effra Project Coordinator

London Wildlife Trust – Protecting London’s wildlife for the future

hspring@wildlondon.org.uk

www.wildlondon.org.uk / Facebook / Twitter

Mobile: 07971 315 245

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Swamp Cypress tree in Belair Park – previously hit by lightning – to be saved

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.

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the Belair Swamp Cypress in Sept. 2012

T.distichum April 11, 2015

the Belair Swamp Cypress in April 2015

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.

swamp cypress growing in Delaware

a forest of swamp cypress growing in Delaware (Credit: Kej605. CC BY-SA 3.0)

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!

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Exclusivity agreement between Bromley Council and ZhongRong Holdings runs out at midnight Saturday 21st February 2015

Let the excitement begin!

http://www.newsfromcrystalpalace.co.uk/zhongrong-miss-council-deadline-now-can-make-real-progress-say-park-group/

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Bee Urban move home (and want your help)

Bee Urban

Volunteers Needed

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: info@beeurban.co.uk http://www.beeurban.org.uk

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Winter Tree ID walk at Sydenham Hill Wood – Sunday 25th January 2015

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FOBP reproduce this rather lovely sounding invitation from Daniel Greenwood of the London Wildlife Trust:

Dear all,

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.

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Chairman’s Annual Report for year of 2014

The Friends of Belair Park Chairman’s Report for 2014 outlines our mission to protect public green space. Belair Park is part of a network of green spaces which function as essential wildlife corridors across the urban landscape, as well as serving the human community. During 2014, we have worked closely with New Leaf Educational Gardens and with the Lost Effra Project, run by the London Wildlife Trust. We have also collaborated with the London Borough of Southwark, Thames Water and engineering services provider Mouchel to feed local knowledge into the planning and delivery of a scheme to construct flood relief works in Belair Park. We have also been active in questioning current plans by developers ZhongRong to construct a giant commercial complex on the hill top section of Crystal Palace Park. These have involved the summary over-turning of more than a decade of consultation, which had culminated in the explicit recognition of a nature garden area, and of a promise by Bromley Council that no large commercial building would ever be considered for the site.
 
We thank for your valuable support during 2014.
 
Our very best wishes for the New Year.

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