THIS SUNDAY FOGP AT OLIVE RD ST PARTY
MAKE A CREATION FROM RUBBISH HISTORY OF PARK WALK TUES, 7 JUNE AT 6.30pm
Next Litter Pick Date, Sat, 25 June from 10am-12
Notes on Nature Walk with John Wells
More Walks: Dates for your Diary & Bat Strolls Info
Help Brent Council Prevent Illegal Motor Scooters
Let's Talk Climate: Have your say: Link
Glorious Front Garden? Can you Win BRENT IN BLOOM?
JOIN EASY FUNDRAISING Nominate FOGP as your Charity
AMAZON: When buying choose FOGP as your Charity
Memorial Benches. How to buy one
POLICE: New Info for reporting Mopeds in the Park
VISIT THE OLIVE ROAD STREET PARTY TO:
CREATE YOUR OWN DECORATIONS FROM RUBBISH
WITH THE FRIENDS OF GLADSTONE PARK
Learn about the butterflies of the park AND discover the yellow meadow ants
Meet the voluntary gardeners and talk about the copse
WALK: HISTORY OF GLADSTONE PARK
This Tues, 7 June at 6.30pm Leader: Cathy Mercer, lecturer and tour guide Meet at the green railway bridge opposite 1 Kendal Road
What3words: dwell.family.spots We will walk the park and learn about its formation, the well known people who lived in the park and the area, the railway line and much else.
Line of old oak trees showing the field boundaries when Gladstone Park was farmed.
Oaks prefer open ground to grow and are often found in hedgerows
NEXT LITTER PICK Saturday, 25 June from 10am
Meet by the walled garden.begin.garden.when ALL WELCOME. Bags and litter picks will be provided. Please wear gloves.
NOTES ON THE NATURE WALK WITH JOHN WELLS
The weather delayed the butterflies until the sun shone at the end when we spotted a holly blue and captured a painted lady.
The grasshoppers were out in plenty, though small as they have more growing and at least another shedding of their skins to go before they reach adulthood. The naturalised salsify, was in bloom, only just. It is similar in look to the British native yellow goat's beard with its long flower bracts, though mauve in colour, and, like the goat's beard, produces decorative seed heads.
John showed us yet another gall on oak leaves, the cherry gall, which looks like a cherry when mature. Induced by a gall wasp, it falls to the ground in the autumn overwintering until early spring when the adult wasp emerges and lays its eggs in the dormant oak buds. These form little purple, egg-shaped galls which are the sexual generation that emerge in late spring to lay their eggs in the new leaves. PHOTOS: Salsify, ladybird eating a blackly, cherry gall, cat's ear flower
PAINTED LADY BUTTERFLY
A migratory species the first generation starts its life in north Africa and migrates through several generations northwards arriving here from continental Europe. Its caterpillar feeds on thistle, which was growing close to where we found it. Side view when in container. Of course we let it go!
MORE WALKS SATURDAY, 16 JULY: 11am: How to Recognise Tree Species with Bettina Metcalfe, dendrologist
SATURDAY, 20 AUGUST 11am. Walk Along the Southern Railway Line Hedge to look at what is growing there with Helen of Friends of Gladstone Park Bat Strolls: Robert will be starting these but cannot predict the weather. Watch the Facebook pages for the dates and timing, link at the end of the newsletter. Cold weather has delayed these walks!!!
BRENT COUNCIL WANT INFO ON ILLEGAL MOTOR SCOOTERS CROSSING THE PARK
Brent Council's Kelly Eaton would like anyone seeing motor scooters illegally crossing the park which have clear signs of the company the rider is working for to inform them by email as below. They will take it up with the companies involved.
LET'S TALK CLIMATE: BRENT COUNCIL
Samantha Haines at Brent Council is asking Brent residents to participate as below:
The climate emergency means the way we do things as a council and as a community has to change. We have launched Let’s Talk Climate: waste and green space to ask for your views on what we can do differently and what you expect from us as we work together towards a cleaner, greener Brent.
We are looking for fresh bold ideas. Your feedback could change how waste and recycling is managed, how we keep streets clean and how green spaces are maintained. It will also feed into the delivery of our Climate Strategy and help shape the future of Brent >> Watch this video to learn more, then get involved and start sharing your ideas
THE BRENT IN BLOOM COMPETITION WILL TAKE PLACE AGAIN THIS YEAR 2022
IT IS GOOD NEWS FOR OWNERS OF FABULOUS FRONT GARDENS, THOSE WHO HAVE WONDERFUL WINDOW BOXES OR COLOURFUL CONTAINERS, BUSINESSES, COMMUNAL GARDENS AND OTHER CATEGORIES SUCH AS SUSTAINABLE GARDENS AND GARDENS FOR WILDLIFE To enter and for more info on the categories:Brent in Bloom
DO PLEASE JOIN EASYFUNDRAISING IT IS SUCH AN EASY WAY TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE FRIENDS OF GLADSTONE PARK.
For example if you buy anything from John Lewis they donate 2% of the value to the Friends! These donations help the Gladstone Gardening Group to buy tulips, alliums and other bulbs for spring colour and contribute to the perennial beds in the walled garden.
HELP MAKE YOUR PARK EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL BY CONTRIBUTING
RAISE MONEY FOR THE FRIENDS OF GLADSTONE PARK
VIA EASY FUNDRAISING
A huge variety of companies are paying charity donations via the website Easy Fundraising.
Follow the link below and nominate the Friends of Gladstone Park as your charity. Download the app which allows you to see which companies support charities this way when you use your browser. https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/panel/ AND VIA AMAZON SMILE https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1180529-0
We will use your funding to encourage the park's wildlife, plant in the walled garden and copse and for projects to enhance the park
MEMORIAL BENCHES: MORE NEEDED AS WE WOULD LIKE SOME ALONG THE NEW CYCLE PATH AND IN THE PEACE GROVE. People like to rest, stare at the sun, comfort their baby or just admire the view when walking the park especially along the new cycle track where there is just one bench at present.
Is there a loved one you would like to remember and think about when visiting the Gladstone Park?
PHOTO: Najma sitting on the bench dedicated to her husband COST: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or speak to Brent Council on 020 8937 5619
NO MOPEDS PERMITTED TO DRIVE IN THE PARK If you see a moped in the park, photograph it with the number plate visible and take down details of the time and where you saw it. Email your ward SNT as below and the police have agreed to follow this up where there is sufficient evidence.
Mopeds are not allowed to drive through the park and people are not allowed to sleep in the park. If you have information about mopeds, rough sleeping or antisocial behaviour:
Email or Tweet your ward, either Dollis Hill, Dudden Hill or Mapesbury Safer Neighbourhood Team, (SNT), as below.
Do not put yourself at risk by taking photographs of people, but make a note of registration numbers, descriptions, time and location.
Remember that the SNT can only follow up messages when they are on a working shift, so they should not be contacted about urgent issues.