Category Archives: Open Spaces

Bulb Planting Day!


Ulla and the wonderful HCGA team are holding a small bulb planting & apple themed morning of activities on the 26th October from 10am to 1pm.

They’ll be doing some bulb planting and other activities to make our park even more beautiful. Please come and be a part of this event.

Recycle Week 2019

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.

2019 Dog Show!

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.
Categories:
Ms Diva – Mr Slick
Pup Idol
Best Senior
Best Rescue
Luv My Staffie
For other festival info, please see here.

How Many Birds?

 

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:
Blackbirds
Carrion Crows
Goldfinch
Great tit
Blue tits
House sparrows
Robin
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.

Blackbirds
Blue tits
Carrion Crows
Goldfinch
Great tit
15 House sparrows
Robin
Wood pigeons
8 Feral pigeons
1 Dunnock
1 Coal tit
1 Chaffinch
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.

Autumn 2018 chores

There are so many tasks as we move into Autumn.
Summer has been gloriously long but our trusty team had to button up against the weather during our weekend session.

Over the last couple of weeks we have been repositioning some scrubs, clearing away the deadwood, battling with bindweed and nurturing the colour that remains in the triangular bed.

 

 

 

        

Discovering Our Green City

Westminster Adult Education Authority have joined forces with our friends the HCGA to introduce Westminster residents to our green city.

Each week, from May to early July, residents will visit various locations around the city and some of those visits will include hands-on, practical gardening.  The visits are free but transport to and from is not so bring your Travelcard.

Donations are always welcome!

Please check the “How to Garden” course here.

For more information, please email bookings@nullhcga.org.uk or call 07 773 334 294

SNOW!

We realise the snow can make life difficult for some of our neighbours and testing for the birds but the park does look rather wonderful.

Please check on your neighbours to make sure they are warm and safe, and have enough food.

If all is well, take a look at these lovely photographs which Ray took earlier today.