News from Cranford Park Friends

Cranford Park wins Silver. The park has received a Silver award in the London in Bloom awards, in the Country Park of the Year category. The judges took into account the work of volunteers in the Secret Garden and surroundings. LB Hillingdon Green Spaces has conveyed its thanks to the Friends for our hard work and commitment.

Talk on Cranford & the Berkeleys. On October 15 the chairman of Hillingdon Family History Society, Ian Harvey, will be giving a talk, “Cranford and the Berkeleys: A Complicated Family Tree”. Hear about the intrigues and scandal that took place on our doorstep. The meeting will be held at the Hillingdon Park Baptist Church (main hall), Hercies Road, Hillingdon Circus. On the U2 bus route. Doors open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start. Visitors welcome.

If you shop at the Hayes branch of Asda, a reminder that there’s a chance to help Cranford Park. At the checkout, ask for green charity tokens when you pay for your goods, then place the tokens in the Cranford Park Friends box near the escalators. In the ‘Chosen by you, Given by us’ scheme, the group with the most tokens at the end of October will be given £200 to further their work and ambitions.

Learn how to check the park’s water quality. Cranford Park Friends volunteers do regular river quality checks on the Crane, using ‘kick-sampling’, as part of a valley-wide scheme. If you would like to learn how it’s done and help our small team on a regular basis, please see details of the next River Monitoring Initiative training session at Hogsmill on 17 October, organised through ZSL (Zoological Society of London).

Coming events in the park. The next Secret Garden volunteer session is on October 11 (10am-12 noon). Then, on October 17, we are holding an Apple Day, complete with an orchard ‘walk and talk’ and a Macmillan Coffee Morning in the Secret Garden (11am – 2:30pm. Guided walk starts 11am). Donations of cakes will be very welcome. More details to follow.

Bob Barton
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