Nicky Hopkins Memorial Bench in Perivale Park: the unveiling.

September 8th, 2018

The opening of the Nicky Hopkins memorial bench took place in Perivale Park at noon today. Here are a few photos of the occasion (click on any image for higher resolution).

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Wetlands and Orchards.

September 3rd, 2018

Perivale Park is one of six projects in London funded by a “green-capital” grants program, with the RedGreen group project contributing to an orchard and a bulb planting.

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Nicky Hopkins Memorial Bench in Perivale Park.

August 28th, 2018

On September 8th at 12.00, a memorial will be unveiled in Perivale Park to Nicky Hopkins (“Rock’s Greatest Session Man“) He was a famous session musician who played with many of the greats of the 1960s onwards such as the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Ella Fitzgerald, Art Garfunkel and many others.

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The Capital Ring: Perivale and Crystal Palace Parks

August 20th, 2018

The Capital Ring walk is a 126 km circumambulation around London passing through Perivale Park (section 8). In a southerly direction, you can get to another park in south-east London, Crystal Palace park (sections 3 and  4), which is a rather more famous cousin of Perivale.

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Perivale Park, August 18th, 2018.

August 19th, 2018

There was finally some rain last week, and the cosmos in particular have picked themselves up.
A dead tree seems even more petrified, nay ghostly, than usual!

A bridge across Coston’s brook always has a hop plant growing on it, and this year’s harvest looks particularly enticing!
Meanwhile, the main wildflower planting area never did get going this year, apart from a small patch in the centre, which although stunted, has some colour.

Perivale Park, July 28, 2018.

July 28th, 2018

After two months of no rain, several people I know performed rain dances last night. The result was much thunder and a great deal of heavy rain – everywhere except Perivale Park! Despite that, the spring wild flower plantings are still looking great – I guess they must all be pretty draught tolerant. Here are some photos taken this morning.

Perivale and Brent Valley Parks, July 14th, 2018.

July 14th, 2018

There was a small shower of rain last night and the parched flowers seemed to appreciate it. Some of the brambles shown below are already tasty, but they will need a lot more rain for most of them to ripen. This photo was taken along the Brent river valley, walking from Perivale Park to Hanwell.

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Trio Oreade play Beethoven and Schumann close to Perivale Park.

July 12th, 2018

Close to Perivale Park is St Mary’s Perivale, a 12th century church now used as a music venue.

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Perivale Park, London, July 10th.

July 10th, 2018

Here are some examples of Tuesday morning activities in  Perivale Park.

The RedGreen group project.

July 8th, 2018

Groundwork UK is a charity that aims to re-connect people with nature and transform whole neighbourhoods. They provide grants under an “Our Space” awards scheme for small-scale community projects. A group of locals meet in Perivale Park every week under the “everyone active” scheme ( ) to take gentle exercise in the athletics track there. During the summer, when the track is often used for schools sports days, we decamp to the park proper. Last year from this viewpoint we watched as the wild flower meadows blossomed. This is of course so much more in the park, including a wide variety of trees and shrubs. We also noticed that an old bowling green had become neglected these last few years and the Our Space award seemed a wonderful chance for us to do something about it and provide a new amenity in the neighbourhood.

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