- Covid-19: Our park is still open at the moment but no community gardening is taking place. If you use the Wildlife Area, please respect those who are seeking a quiet area, free from joggers and dogs. Read our notes here.
At the end of January, we joined in the nation’s Garden Birdwatch, counting the birds in our park with Andrew from the RSPB.
You can read more here.
The data has been crunched and once again, the sparrow has come out on top. Read more at the RSPB website.
How do these results compare to our 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.
2 Blue tits
2 Great tit
7 House sparrows
10 Wood pigeons
37 Feral pigeons
1 Mistle Thrush
The national count will be published in April.
We were also visited by a squirrel and saw a cormorant flying overhead.
It is Recycling Week again. Many of the people who read this page will live in Westminster, where our park is located*. Every borough has slightly different recycling requirements but Westminster has it’s own particular issues related to the transient nature of a proportion of its occupants in the more central areas. The different wards of the borough cannot have tailor made routines for individual needs, so the council tries to make it easier for residents by providing mixed recycling collections across the borough. Improvements and trials are happening on a weekly basis to address the changing habits of our communities.
It’s always handy to check their online guide if you are unsure about what to do with an item of rubbish and they have produced these helpful flyers too.
Fly tipping is a big problem in our area and whilst it is easy to get angry at people’s lack of consideration or even exploitation, some older members of the community or visitors from places who deal with rubbish differently, put certain items on the street in the genuine belief that the bin men will take them, like they used to many, many years ago! There are a multitude of reasons why it is impractical to do that nowadays some of which are financially based out of consideration for most residents.
For instance, the vehicles that collect our black bags are not designed to crunch down larger items that may also contain toxic elements. Furthermore, if those trucks fill up with larger items they have to return to base for emptying sooner than they should, which means additional journeys to collect the rest of the black bags in the streets, costing more time, fuel and vehicle wear & tear. It is for this reason they have a fleet of special vehicles for the big or specialist things but they do not think it is fair for everyone to pay for running these trucks, so they make a charge if there are bulky items to collect (book one here). So when you see fly tipping in your street, it is not only unsightly but the cost of removing it is impacting on your pocket – money that could be better spent elsewhere in the community.
If you are fed up to see items dumped on your street (or any issue that needs the council’s attention), the revamped reporting portal allows you to pinpoint the problem on a map and do so without bothering to log in. It is also available as an app for your phone (scroll down for the links).
Finally, if you have something you no longer need but might be useful to someone else, think about swapping it with friends or you can attend one of Westminster’s popular Give & Take events. Check the events portal here.
*Brent Recycling site.
Kensington and Chelsea site.
The festival would not be complete without Crissie and the Dog Show!
3rd August 2019 in the Dog Area by the Ilbert Street/Third Avenue entrance, Queen’s Park Gardens
Registration (Essential) is at 11:30 am
Event Begins at 12 noon.
Ms Diva – Mr Slick
Luv My Staffie
For other festival info, please see here.
Yet another wonderful opportunity from our friends at HCGA, and free for all!
Suitable for beginners/would-be gardeners, including Ideas for indoor gardening, balconies and window boxes.
Dates and times:
6th June 10.30am to 12.30pm – Muck and Magic @ The Rose Garden QPG
13th June 10.30 to 12.30 – Houseplant Gardening @ The Beethoven Centre
20th June 2 to 4pm – Herbs and Hanging Baskets @ The Beethoven Centre
27th June 2 to 4pm – Gardening to Attract Wildlife @ The Rose Garden
4th July 2 to 4pm – Annuals V Perennials @ The Rose Garden
11th July 2 to 4pm – Visit to Phoenix Farm, W12
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to book a place.
The Rose Garden is at the west side of Queen’s Park Gardens, alongside Fourth Avenue.
The Beethoven Centre is at Third Ave, London W10 4JL
Phoenix Farm is in Bloemfontein Road, London W12 7DB
Any eagle-eyed, regular visitors to our website will have noticed we are supporting the National Park City team.
You can read more here, with the launch in July.
With great thanks to the vast knowledge of Andrew from the RSPB, we had a glorious bird count in the park for their Garden Birdwatch.
Our friends, the Cheeky Rascals Child Minding Group were also counting in the Wildlife Area, where we began. The children were so energised and interested.
We were there for 11 mins & saw:
2 Carrion Crows
2 Great tit
4 Blue tits
1 House sparrows
5 Wood pigeons
1 Feral pigeons
We moved over to the Rose Garden for a more sustained session for the prescribed one hour, and this is the count submitted to the RSPB.
5 Blue tits
2 Carrion Crows
5 Great tit
15 House sparrows
8 Wood pigeons
8 Feral pigeons
1 Coal tit
1 Common Gull
1 Grey Heron (flying overhead)
Why not consider becoming a member of the RSPB to support all the great work they do and learn much more? Andrew came to us from the Central London group who hold a variety of meetings and talks.
These were our results last year.
We will begin the count in the Wildlife Area at 11am and it will last an hour, on Monday, 28th January 2019 to do our count. Someone from the RSPB will be in attendance and you are welcome to join us.
More information about the RSPB Garden Birdwatch here.
Save the date!
Saturday, 11th August from noon to 6:30pm in the park with the over 50s party in St Jude’s Hall from 1pm to 4pm.
Find us in the Wildlife Area.
If you want to perform, get in touch with email@example.com
Longterm Friend, gardener, environmentalist and local Councillor Ray Lancashire took these stunning photographs in the Wildlife Meadow during Saturday’s baking hot gardening session.
You can read more about the work Hover Flies do here . Bumblebee info here.