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The Friends of Eaglesfield Park are holding a ParksFest2013 event on Saturday (13th July), with an afternoon of music by the pond. Madeleine from the Friends wrote:

The Friends of Eaglesfield Park would like to invite you to join us at  the Eaglesfield Wildlife Pond and Meadow for an afternoon of fun and music on Saturday 13th July between 2 pm and 5 pm.   An exciting Afro-Brazilian band and the Greenwich Gospel Choir will be providing the music.  Why not bring a picnic.   Enjoy an afternoon In Eaglesfield Park and check out the Restored Wildlife Pond and Meadow – it’s amazing how quickly everything has grown and the amount of wildlife it is attracting.    Take a closer look at the pond life – come and try POND DIPPING (we will supply the equipment).

Madeleine also mentioned the Friends’ participation at the EPNWS Community Fête on the 15th June, which was memorable, in part, because of the strong winds and heavy rain that that struck bang on the stroke of 1.00pm when the Fête was due to open. But they managed to “Carry on Pond Dipping Regardless” and the weather didn’t spoil their photo display detailing the various stages of the restoration of the pond and meadow.

1.00pm on 15th June in Eaglesfield Park
1.00pm on 15th June in Eaglesfield Park

Madeleine gave an update on the Friends’ plans for the pond:

 Our aim is to provide a habitat that will encourage a wide range of wildlife – wildflowers/grasses, insects, bees, butterflies, pond life, birds, etc and a healthy well balanced pond environment.   Creating the appropriate habitat is not just a question of “let everything grow, let Nature do its own thing”.  Some plants are “thugs” and will take over very quickly, which smother some of the important nectar rich wildflowers.  So it does mean we need to carry out maintenance and tidying.

This aspect of work is very much a learning curve for FOEP.  We are compiling reference guides for identification of wildflowers, pond creatures, butterflies, birds, dragonflies/damsel flies, bees etc.   If anyone has an interest in this type of research or monitoring we would love to hear from you.   FOEP is not just pond dipping, digging and gardening!   Although I enjoy hands-on gardening, I must admit since I have become more involved with identification and research, I am more aware of how much there is to see, once you start looking!

FOEP will arrange another Pond Dipping and Tidying Session as soon as possible.  Please keep an eye on our notice board at the Foxcroft Road entrance to Eaglesfield Park.

Finally,  please keep in touch with us.  We would like to hear your comments and suggestions about any aspect of Eaglesfield Park – don’t forget the area on the other side of Eaglesfield Road is also part of the park.

We are only a “small band”  – so anything you could do to help would be very much appreciated.

There will be another ParksFest2013 event, Plumstead Live,  on Winns Common on Sunday 21st July, with a line up of four Jazz, Soul, Funk and Blues acts.

Eaglesfield Park Neighbourhood Watch Scheme (EPNWS) Community Fête
EPNWS Community Fete at Eaglesfield Park

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