What's On ?
Since the completion of its restoration, Herschel Park has played host to a varied programme of events which catered for all ages.
Unless otherwise stated, all events are free and no booking is required
Please note that the Bentley Education Centre is adjacent to Herschel Park and signposted from the park kiosk
Our current programme is listed below. New events are added throughout the year, please check this page regularly.
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LATE JULY :- HERSCHEL PARK HAS RECEIVED GREEN FLAG APPROVAL FOR 2016/2017, IT'S FIFTH CONSECUTIVE AWARD.
The following newsletter has kindly been produced by Matthew Wallace.
At the end of the summer we were delighted to hear we have kept the green flag award and were rewarded with a total points score in the highest bracket of the scheme (we will be judged soon for this year’s award). The aerator has been installed on the island and appears to be working well. With some money donated from the friends we have planted 3 large California Lilacs (Ceanothus) which should mask the aerator box throughout the year and especially in the winter months when it was more noticeable.
The volunteers have been working hard with the pond repairs (see below for more details) and the normal maintenance jobs of weeding, watering, pruning, and litter picking. More shrubs and bulbs have been planted in both the formal park and the nature reserve, some clearing out of the over grown vegetation in the nature reserve ponds and moving some of the plants/shrubs to more suitable locations.
Now for some words from Ian Judd the Herschel Park manager:-
I want to start by saying how thankful I am for all the support, encouragement and hard work I have received from the ‘Friends’ the Volunteers and my work colleagues. The reason the park looks as good as it does is a direct reflection of the long hours that people pour into the project. From the less than glamorous weeding of beds and clearing of litter to the more high profile tasks like pruning and helping with events. I couldn’t do it with out you.
I have thoroughly enjoyed myself in all the varied tasks that make up my role as park manager. Although at times it has been a steep learning curve. The actual gardening side of things has been the least of my worries; on the other hand the events have had me flummoxed on occasion. Trying to put together an interesting program for all users of the park has had its challenges but we have met them (with varying success) and are much better prepared for this year. I would count the initial stage of the pond repair as one of the highlights so far. It has gone pretty much to plan, although I did underestimate the quantity of top soil initially. It will certainly stop the erosion of the banks and when the marginal plants are out in flower they will bring colour and even more wild life to what I believe is the focal point of the park. If only we could work out a way to stop the ducks from eating the plants! As for the future, the second section of pond repair is now under way and we have planted more marginal plants (hopefully the ducks won’t be so keen or hungry).
We will have a competition for a design to carve the triple trunk of the old cedar tree and I very much look forward to seeing all the designs for this exciting project. I have enlisted the help of the ‘Friends’ committee to help finalise the event program and hope to have a pamphlet produced so that we can advertise to a larger audience.
There will still be the on going duties of maintaining our lovely park to ensure we are awarded the converted ‘Green flag’ once again. There is much work to do in the nature reserve to improve the biodiversity and habitat for all the wildlife that depends on this special
area of the park. I have a few ideas to bring some more spectacular colour to the park and take it back to an even more ‘Victorian’ ethos (my apologies to the volunteers in advance as this will mean even more hard work. )
The next time you are visiting, please feel free to stop by the kiosk or find where I am working and ask any questions with regards to the park or forth coming events or even just to chat. I am always happy to speak to the supporters of this great project. I look forward to see you all in the park in the not to distant future.
Herschel Park Management officer
If you have not been to the park recently, we have had the mandarin ducks back and I did see the female about month ago (hopefully she is somewhere on a clutch of eggs). The moorhens have had 5 chicks and so far I have only seen a couple of mallard chicks. Although not everyone’s cup of tea, the Canadian geese have had seven chicks. George the large yellow koi carp has been seen often near the bridge and so has survived the winter.
The AGM is on Tuesday 17th May at 1930 in the Bentley Centre, so please come and show your support. If you haven’t had chance to renew your membership this year then you can do so on the door.
Keep an eye out on noticeboards for future events or those with computer access then the friends website is regularly updated with the latest events and volunteer work party dates