Covid-19 Update

In line with the most recent government directives regarding the Coronavirus, our group can no longer work in the gardens, regrettably.

Coal Tit on the coconut in the Rose Garden @CairdCrafts

Whilst our activities could be regarded as the allowed ‘once-a-day exercise’, we cannot risk endangering the health of our wonderful, dedicated band of long-standing volunteers and we must protect the lives of the NHS carers upon whom we depend by promoting, encouraging and exercising social-isolation.

We are doing what we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and we hope you will join us.

For the time being, the park will remain open for solitary exercise but all group activities must cease and small groups will be dispersed. Do not attempt to use the outdoor gym.

Combine dog walking with your once-a-day exercise.

Stay safe. Go out if you must, but be careful and mindful of others.

We are so grateful to the many people who have joined us in the past and sincerely hope to resume our sessions at a safe point in the future.

More information is available from Queen’s Park Community Council’s webpage. You may have witnessed the most recent council meeting in the park, exercising strict social distancing. This was held at 6pm, before the Prime Minister’s latest announcement.

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Nature awakens

We are lucky to be able to watch the changes in our park. So many happy neighbours send photos to us, so we’re sharing a few today.

We’re gardening over the next couple of weekends, weather permitting, so please check our sessions page for dates, times and more info.

Thank you to Jill, Claire, Susanna, Ulla and Sue.

Dog Socialising Session

Crissie is holding another FREE dog socialising session this month, in the dog run by Ilbert Street: Dog Training Workshop Sunday, 23rd February 2020 from 1pm to 2.30pm.

Crissie – Dog Trainer – 07949 523 710 I canineculture@nullgmail.com I Canineculture.co.uk

Free dog socialising classes funded by Queen’s Park Community Council

 

Winter Planting

We planted two projects during our last session.

         

The willow dome has been persistently vandalised over the years. It reduced to an arch and more recently to one small wall of whips.  We hope that our new planting with be left alone long enough to establish itself and are grateful for the kind donation.

Our other planting addition was a crab apple tree, which should be delightful in the spring.

2020 Bird Count


We would like to thank Andrew Peel for his expert guidance during our count again this year. His knowledge and observational skills were invaluable.

Thank you to all the Friends who came along to help, too.

Blackbirds
Blue tits
Goldfinch
Great tit
House sparrows
Robin
10 Wood pigeons
37 Feral pigeons
1 Magpie
1 Wren
1 Mistle Thrush

The national count will be published in April.

We were also visited by a squirrel and saw a cormorant flying overhead.

Notice of AGM

The Friends of Queen’s Park Gardens will be holding their AGM on Wednesday, 22nd January at 6.30pm. The venue is at the QPG Hub – 254 Kilburn Lane, London, W10 4BA with grateful thanks to Ryan and the QPG Hub team.

Come and hear about our activities throughout the 2019 and the projects planned for the coming year.

You are welcome to come along without booking but it would be helpful if you could let us know via our contact form leaving your name and email if we don’t already have it.

Responsible Disposal after Christmas

 photo IMG_5032_zpsim13eqq5.jpgThere are several things to remember when you take your tree down.
If you have an artificial tree, undress it carefully and store it so it can be used next year and for several years to come.

If you had a living tree, once again remove all the decorations then take it to one of the many collection points. We have one by the entrance near Fourth Avenue, in Ilbert Street.  There is also an area at St Luke’s Church on Fernhead Road. Don’t just put it out with your general waste. Those trucks are not designed to take trees. More information and other locations here. You have until 12th January to use these collection points so please be kind to your neighbourhood. Carelessly discarded trees are a menace to disabled path users and mothers with buggies..