Minutes of Meeting September 2016

FRIENDS OF MARYON AND MARYON WILSON PARKS

Minutes of Meeting, September 2016

Venue:  49 Kinveachy Gardens, SE7
Date:  Thursday September 8
Present: (14) Christine (chair), Steve  (secretary), Gulle  (treasurer),  Catherine,  Liz, Evelyn, Mickey, Jason, Pino, Nigel, Ronnie, Sharon, Rod, Leslie.

1. Apologies: (3) Alan, Hazel, John.

2. Minutes of previous meeting: a) Shortly after the July meeting, the Council’s Rob Goring informed us that Maryon Park had received a Green Flag again, as had all Greenwich’s 11 other sites. Rob asked us to pass on thanks “to all group members for their continued and valuable support”.
b) Tim wanted to correct his report from July, which should have read: “An extra garden pergola –style rain shelter is planned for the children’s area.”

3. Clear Ups: Thanks to those who turned out on the first Saturday of August and especially September, when a record 22 people including a number of children helped. Welcome to newcomers Anna, plus children, and Sharon. Few members had responded to our question about whether a Sunday or a later start time would be preferred, so we will stick with 10am on the first Saturday of the month for now. But do let us know your opinion at Friendsofmaryonparks@gmail.com
For the Clear Up on Saturday October 1st, we will have a refreshment stall in Maryon Wilson Park at the new meeting point, behind the houses at the northern end of Kinveachy Gardens (Woodland Terrace/Thorntree Hill end). Do join us at some stage from 10am-midday.

4. Park projects:
a) Liz produced a list of suggested monthly jobs that can be done in conjunction with the Clear Ups or separately. For October we have requested from the Council up to 1,000 daffodil bulbs to plant.
b) We contacted officials of the Maryon Wilson Animal Park group (MWAP) about their future plans. Carol Kendall replied that they will hold a public meeting four weeks after the company is completely dissolved and that they will probably help with next year’s Open Day. Carol said the Council had “withdrawn a lot of the service level and expenditure in the animal park”.
c) Christine sent a letter to Council officials thanking them for the decision to retain control of the animal park and received a reply from Council leader Denise Hyland which said “Thank you for all you do to make our borough a better place in which to live.” 
d) Several committee members took part in a walkabout round the parks with the Council’s David Willoughby, who noted a number of issues raised and has updated us of several of them.
Work has begun on eradicating Japanese knotweed and he is chasing up cleaning of signage and repositioning of signs to the ladies’ toilet in Maryon Park. The contractor was returning to investigate a problem with one cubicle in the latter. Mowing was back on target and Sandy had been asked to reclaim as many areas as possible from brambles etc. A new litter bin will be installed by the Woolwich Road gate in Maryon. The Council are prepared to provide wildflower seed for us to sow in the water meadow area.

5. Gilbert’s Pit Open Day: A number of Friends visited Gilbert’s Pit via the new steps on July 16th. An expert from the London Geodiversity Partnership took a guided tour and visitors came from as far afield as Peterborough. We are awaiting a date for all members and local residents to visit.

6. MP Community Garden and Forest School:
This year, plot holders have grown a wide variety of fruit and vegetables. There are three new plotholders. 750 tiger worms have taken up residency producing their high quality fertilizer.
A shed, with an overlap apex, has been ordered to act as a shelter just inside the entrance to the garden and as a fund-raising pop-up shop for open days.
The Garden was chosen to take part in a new ‘Capital Growth’ London wide community garden health related open day event on the 9th July called ‘Grow Well, Feel Well’. The COATS run ‘Family Art Workshops’ based in the Forest School making designs and ‘angels’ from natural materials found in the garden and park, were very successful.
Forthcoming events include: 1. The Garden has been chosen as a flagship site for Urban Harvest Feast ( previously the Capital Growth ‘Edible Gardens Open Day) on Saturday 17th September, 10am till 4.0pm.
2. The Community Outdoor Art Therapy Service continue to run monthly Saturday afternoon, outdoor art workshops based in the Forest School with the next sessions on 24th September.
The Community Garden has permission for cars and delivery vehicles to drive slowly in Maryon Park, with hazard lights on.
Late news: The Garden has been short-listed for a Tesco’s/Groundwork “Bags of Help” grant which see grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and green space projects. 

7. Treasurer’s Report: The balance remains £838.16, to be reduced by £43.99 when Liz has checked that the gazebo pops up properly. Petty cash remains at £25.11.

8. IT Report: Jason had updated the website (www. FriendsofMaryonParks.org) with full details and timeline of the Council decision on the animal park. Our Facebook (Friends of Maryon and Maryon Wilson Parks – two versions, confusingly) had proved valuable in publishing Clear Ups and we should try to use it more. The last four months had produced 276 page impressions on the website, earning us £1.92.
We are awaiting details about updating our information leaflet from Carol Kenna.

9. Other groups: The Greenwich Parks Forum is meeting on Thursday September 15 discussing the future of public parks in the UK, although the environmental meeting beforehand has now been cancelled.
A rescheduled presentation of work on the Greenwich Green Infrastructure Study will take place on Monday 31st October, 6pm at The Woolwich Centre, Wellington Street. The study includes surveys of Greenwich’s green spaces, Metropolitan Open Land and Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation. It also takes account of findings from the recent Parks survey on the future management of parks and open spaces and the Playing Pitch Strategy which was adopted in 2015.

10. Any other business:
a) We have not pursued the idea of a feasibility study on renovating or removing the disused toilet block in MWP. Any other ideas welcome.
b) The proposed Council discussion about the skate park in Charlton Park was postponed until September 14th at 6.30pm.
c) Gulle and Catherine attended an open day at the pet cemetery in Shooters Hill Road (http://www.oldbluecrosspetcemetery.org.uk/)
d) A petition is available online for the legal protection of ancient woodland.
e) We will ask David Willoughby about the apparently pointless process of noisily blowing leaves around the parks without then collecting them up.

Date of next meeting: AGM on Thursday November 10th at the New Charlton Community Centre, at the corner of Maryon Road and Woodland Terrace. 7.30pm with refreshments from 7pm.
Clear Ups: Saturday October 1st and Saturday November 5th. Meet at the gazebo behind Kinveachy Gardens at 10am or drop in for a cup of tea/coffee.
(Bring gloves for Clear Up).

Steve Tongue, secretary
Email: friendsofmaryonparks@gmail.com