This ever-popular annual event will take place at All Saints Church West Dulwich and outside in Lovelace Road SE21 8JY from 2.00 to 5.00 pm.
When: Afternoon, Sunday October 11, 2015.
River Effra walks and talks are always very popular and a walk last year led by Effra expert Martin Knight was predictably over-subscribed. Here’s another chance to find out about our local “lost” river. First priority will be given to those who could not be accommodated on the previous walk, but all are welcome (space permitting).
We have received the following notice from Martin Knight: “We will be walking about 2 1/2 miles of Effra watershed from Upper Norwood to Hornimus, via Sydenham Hill. There will be no charge, but a small charity donation will be invited, as before. If anyone is interested they can contact me for further details.”
If you want to come please contact Martin by email (email@example.com), or telephone (020 8693 8639).
Local blogger Candy Blackham set out in 2013: “I am going to explore London using shoe leather and my Freedom Pass and enjoy activities and events which are free of charge.” She began with the tour as recommended by ‘Bradshaw’s Illustrated Hand Book to London and its Environs, 1862′ – which was used as a starting point for interesting and historically-informed day-trips around the capital. You may be interested in reading her recent experiences of Belair Park on her blog: www. londondiaryblog.wordpress.com
This is the newsletter of May 25th, 2015 as a PDF:
FOBP reproduce this e-mail from John Kissi of Southwark Council:
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:firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!