Tadpoles this year?

The locals know the original park pond for its tadpoles. For a few years in the recent past they have been abundant in what was actually quite a small pond. Unfortunately, the tadpoles have become less abundant, and last year (2021) we think there were none that could be seen. In an effort to prevent premature drying out of the relatively small pond, it was enlarged about 18 months ago in an effort to allow water to be retained past the peak tadpole time to allow frogs to emerge and survive. After about a year where the clay stirred up by the enlargement was still in suspension, the ponds are finally starting to look more settled. Now with recent rains, the three separate ponds have joined up to make a single stretch of water.

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A rubbish-jam on the river Brent.

As it passes through the southern edge of Perivale park, many trees overhang the river Brent. Occasionally one of these is felled by strong winds and there it forms a barrier to all the rubbish that is brought down the river from the Welsh Harp and the tributaries to the Brent.. On this occasion, the rubbish has accumulated to the extent that almost the entire surface of the river has been blocked by the stuff. Caused perhaps in part by the large polystyrene blocks that are also floating on the surface.

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Reminder: Attend the Perivale Park AGM to find out about future projects!

The agenda for the AGM will include the Chair’s annual report about what happened in the park in 2021.   It contains 30 items, some small some big. To find out what they are, do send the friends an email at friends@perivalepark.london to request the report and to attend the meeting via a Zoom link.

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Perivale is Ealing Park of the Month for January.

The newly formed Ealing Parks foundation has started a park of the month project.  Over the coming months and years, many of Ealing’s parks and green spaces will no doubt be highlighted.  So it is a great honour for Perivale Park to be chosen to be the inaugural Ealing park to be so featured: www.ealingparks.foundation/park-of-the-month-january. There you can see some recent photos taken in the depths of winter, along with an interesting short history of Perivale (which started life in fact as Little Greenford).

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Stop Ealing Council and Junction 2 Music Festival from destroying Horsenden Meadows!

Several blogs here cover Horsenden Hill, including its magnificent west meadow. It is an ecologically unique and precious wildlife resource in west London. So the idea of up to 15,000 people entering the meadow to have a music festival does not bear thinking about.

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Dog water fountains in Perivale Park!

Meeting four dog walkers in the park a few weeks ago, I stopped and asked them what amenities in the park they would like to see. One of the responses was dog water fountains for thirsty dogs. Providing this could be non trivial, since laying down a water pipe from the mains could be costly. Fortunately, a watering hole is already available for dogs, but the location might not be widely known. So here is a picture, along with its location in the park.

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Animals galore! A guest appearance by Staines Moor.

Occasionally, one of the other green areas in west London makes an appearance here. Unlike Perivale Park, this one has lots of grazing animals to be seen. It is one of the delights of the UK that animals and ramblers can  be allowed to mix together in  some locations without being separated by fences. Common sense mostly prevails and the two can get on together famously. So here are some photos taken during a 3km walk around Staines Moor.

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London in Bloom, 2021: Ealing Borough awarded the Gold Category.

In July this year,  Perivale Park was included in the itinerary for the judging of the City category of the  London in  Bloom competition.  Just to clarify, each  London borough is considered to be the size of a city. Competition amongst the boroughs is intense! On Wednesday we heard that  Ealing has been awarded the Gold category by the judges! So the park played its part in this award!  Well done everyone who helped to make Perivale Park such a feature of the London borough of  Ealing.

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Perivale Park (late) Summer event – photos!

Our second community celebration of the park took place in lovely weather yesterday. We estimate one hundred or so people might have dropped in during the day, either to participate in the dog olympics, to buy cakes from the LAGER can stall, to go on the inspirational nature walk, to learn about Horsenden Hill and Farm, to hunt for treasures in the park, to work it all off with a bit of exercise or to meet our park ranger Mark. Many from the RedGreen group (who exercise on Tuesdays and Thursdays and were the original inspiration for the  Friends) turned up, as did the Gurnell-Greenford  Greenwayers. Thanks all!

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