Nature projects

Caring for nature!

"If we don't do it who will?"

Parks can be community centres with a hive of "things" going on, when supported by community, business and councils

It's a win win situation for humans and bugs alike.

Creating tomorrow's parks today!
Gardening clubs

Over the past couple of years our community has enjoyed looking after the nature and the bugs around our park, this is a win win for all involved.

Volunteers meet new people, learn and share gardening skills, the bugs get cleaned areas to play and flourish, we all learn about the parks ecosystem, and everyone feels happier when in the park.

Kid Gardening club

Kid Gardening club – We offer several kids gardening clubs, one during the week a weekend club and Nature Hero’s certificates in partnership with Harrow Nature Heroes.

Super Sundays

Super Sunday with a breakfast NOT in bed snack chat

We meet every Sunday at 10AM to litter pick around our park and area, but once a month we have a Super Sunday (Litter pick plus refreshments) we meet up, litter pick, tidy up and do some light maintenance around our park. Super Sundays include a light breakfast, tables and places to sit and chat with others.

Litter picking

Super Sundays: 

These are used for blitzing the park once a month, having some outdoor light breakfast or when we have special things are going on

General tidy up around the grounds - We normally create a list of small specific jobs needed on the day or all just take on the tasks.

What is Super Sunday with a breakfast NOT in bed snack chat

We meet most Sundays at 10AM to litter pick around our park and area, but once a month we have a Super Sunday we meet up, litter pick, tidy up and do some light maintenance around our park. Super Sundays include a light breakfast, tables and places to sit and chat with others.

You are in safe hands!

We are fully compliant and considerate to all different dietary needs 

Find out how to get involved please click here

 

A picture of the gardening clubs road map.

This group is an important part of our goal to turn the park into a chilled relaxing community centre for today and the future, and an integral part of the bigger picture.
It would be impossible to explain how the next three or four years is going to unfold but will be fun and interesting.

Dense areas and copse:

This is always one area that will offer great education and lends itself very well to having designed gardens, hedge fencing and plants that help the eco system.
We also must be mindful and realistic, that there are deadhead people that do not leave nice things alone and wreck things, we see these situations as great obstacles to learn from and never allow others to deflate our enthusiasm.

If we don’t look after our parks and local area who will?

We have medium- and longer-term plans to address deadheads and a myriad of other issues society cause us all to think about with various community backed ideas.
The side areas: We will be asking a few of the older little people to create the first of many nature and people pots

Learning area:

We have already had delivery of the rejected cycle lane flowerpots, these will be used to create tables and benches for groups to sit together and learn.

The Tree’s:

Thanks to volunteers we have the type name of every tree in the park.

We will be created information plaques and tree names in wood for each tree.

This is a great project for those into art, design and knowledge of nature, which bugs use the trees, which trees are best for particular birds, why these trees are important.

Recycling:

We are in the process of working with Metroline PLC on a host of projects that will encompass the whole grounds in positive ways.

Experts:

This will be supported by several people that have a broad range of skills, and Simon will regularly be on hand for guidance and advice. Simon is not a gardener I adore his knowledge of how things need to work together is nature, this will always be his guiding light to us for the duration.

Equipment:

We have gloves, tabards, and tools and if we find anything is needed, we will find solutions.

Field trips:

Plans for a behind the scenes at selected flower and plant centres

We are massively pleased to be partnering with an amazing eco farm and expect many interesting field trips there and would not be surprised if you find yourself going up there at other times.

 

To show an interest in our gardening clubs or find out how to get involved please use this form

 

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Adding coffee grounds directly to the soil as a fertiliser

Coffee grounds are rich in nutrients, especially nitrogen. They also have some amount of other nutrients like potassium and phosphorous. Overall, this means that adding coffee grounds to your garden can work fairly well as a fertiliser.
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Plants known to deter rats, mice, and rodents include:

Marigolds (Rosmarinus officinalis) Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Lavender (Lavandula) Onions (Allium sepa) Grape Hyacinth (Muscari asparagaceae) Garlic (Allium sativum) Daffodils Oregano (Origanum vulgare) Sage (Salvia officinalis) Cayenne Black pepper Tomatoes
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Working with nature not destroying it!

Pop into ParkLife Cafe and collect our grind coffee beans. Please bring your own containers
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Back in the day parks were maintained by the grazing of sheep from the local farmer.

In time the local council took it over and we all saw a parkie looking after all the areas of the park, until commercialisation went mad, and cutbacks saw the decline of parks throughout the UK, and we all lost a great local asset.
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Nature makes you happy

Nowadays many parks have park friends’ groups who are transforming parks into placed enjoyed by the community.

If you are near our park pop in and say hello, or find your local park friends group, they will be happy to say hello. Parks need help throughout the country.

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Be surprised by the variation

Parks offer an exciting selection of interesting seasonal bugs, beautiful plants, flowers, and trees. Looking after the nature in parks is rewarding and satisfying in so many ways.
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We are a charity that aims to provide people in the community with enjoyable parks, using a convergence of nature, technology, recycling, education and wellbeing for humans and bugs alike.
We are a charity that aims to provide people in the community with enjoyable parks, using a convergence of nature, technology, recycling, education and wellbeing for humans and bugs alike.