Perivale Wood: Bluebells and Celandine in April.

Perivale park is blessed with no less than three local nature reserves within walking distance. Of these, Perivale wood is the oldest and largest and is famed for its display of English bluebells. Normally only open one day a year to protect the plants, this year the Selborne Society, who look after the wood, have opened it on four “socially distanced” days in April.

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The Greenway project nears completion.

Two years ago, work started on the Greenford  Greenway project, which aimed to create a variety of green corridors in the area between the  Gurnell leisure centre and Greenford town centre. This area of course includes all of  Perivale Park itself, and the eastern extension into Longfield meadows where the wetlands were part of the project.  Now that it is nearing completion, Richard has kindly sent me a list of the remaining things still to be done as part of this project.  The COVID pandemic has of course delayed some aspects of this, but Ealing parks are still hoping to complete this.

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Magnificence of Marsh Marigolds

The Perivale wetlands, which increasingly feature here, have a little stream feeding the ponds. In December 2019, a group of volunteers planted the edge of the stream with aquatic plants. Of these the Marsh  Marigolds took a year or so to settle down and now there are lots of them along the stream and surrounding the ponds. Many of them look very healthy and we might expect this spring display to only get better with the passage of time.

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A Deep Clean of the park!

Litter picking is an increasing activity. When we are out on a pick, more and more frequently we get asked questions by passers-by such as “where do I get those collection bags from?” or “how do I get a litter picking stick?”. Also, we sometimes go out on a pick only to find an almost pristine park; other litter pickers have clearly got there before us! Sadly, that is mostly not the case though. So what are my favourite bugbears? Continue reading “A Deep Clean of the park!”

Friends of Perivale Park: Annual General Meeting, Monday February 15th, 19.30 by Zoom.

The Friends of Perivale Park  group is now one year old and its time to report back what they have been up to this last year. If you want to find out more about them,  why not join the AGM by Zoom on Monday February 15th, 19.30. You will also have a chance to ask the committee questions and to suggest new activities for 2021.

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Spring bulbs for 2021 – the Costons Lane entrance.

The last two years we have applied to Bulbs for London and this year we were also successful in getting a lovely box of assorted bulbs and seeds. Amazingly, it included some Eremurus tubers! Now that is exotic for you. A start to the planting was made yesterday and this time we have selected the south-west corner of the park for the planting.

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Early dawn ponds – and soft exercise areas.

Just before lockdown in February, six new exercise areas on the path of the “5km” run around the park were created. But the lockdown delayed the surfacing with a soft compound (which health and safety presumably nowadays demands of such places). They have now been lined and appear to be ready for use.  They are aimed very much at runners who want to address the upper parts of their bodies for some exercise.   The last photo shows the large area recently lined and with anchoring points for six “full body” machines that will be installed at some point.

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Another pond starts to take place in park.

From having just one pond in the park three years ago (the one known as the frog pond)  we now have an abundance, big and small.  At the last count it was nine in the main park and three on the other side of the railway embankment. Perhaps the most photogenic are the three ponds close to the kids playground, close to  Coston’s brook, where the reflections of sunrise can make for some fantastic photos.  Now these ponds are being added to. A fourth swale is now being dug on the other side of the little feeder stream, in-between it and the surfaced kids playground.

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