#66: Major Upgrade for Belair Park

and how you can help at our volunteer session

On May 17, Friends Chair Dr. Martin Heath met with Paul Highman, manager of parks in the Dulwich area, to discuss a make-over being carried out in the run-up to the judging for the Green Flag award in mid-June.

If the application is successful, then the opportunities for Belair Park to attract funding will be expand significantly. Amongst the changes under way are a knee-high rail marking out the wildlife area created by the Friends, and an information board. This represents a successful conclusion to a long hard fight to have the wildlife area recognised and integrated into the long-term management of the Park. Paul Highman deserves much of the credit.

Below left: Remember this hastily organised mini-demo for a photo-shoot last decade? Southwark had fenced off the wildlife area with an ugly chestnut paling fence, and tried to start up a different project on the site despite the wishes of local people.

Right: May 17, 2013 – constructive co-operation with Southwark. Paul Highman surveys the sturdy and attractive rail being erected to formalise the
wildlife area, whilst allowing public access to the maze of internal pathways.

Volunteer session. Friday, May 24.

The purpose of this session will be to put fresh wood chippings on the paths in the wildlife area. Please bring spades and shovels. Tough boots or shoes are advised. Feel free just to turn up, but it might help if we had some idea of possible numbers, so, if you want to come, please ring Susannah Peel on 07837621496.

Meet at noon, outside the New Leaf shop beside West Dulwich station, Thurlow Park Road, SE21.

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