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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Close to Perivale Park is St Mary’s Perivale, a 12th century church now used as a music venue.
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 (https://www.everyoneactive.com/centre/perivale-park-athletics-track/ ) 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.
March and April this year was heavy on rain. As a result, the 2018 wild flower plantings only got under way on May 8th, when a tractor came along, prepared the soil and planted the wild flower seeds.
Since then there has been little rain, and so only the very hardy thistles have flourished. But one or two areas have managed to produce an early profusion of colour – mainly the poppies.
The border above is new this year, being adjacent to the oak copse planted about 10 years ago and now with nicely maturing trees.
You can see how dry it is from the photo below (the oak copse is to the left).
Regular updates following the flowers this year will appear here, along with notes on rain (or lack of it!).
London is about to become a national park city, with the aim of encouraging Londoners and visitors to London to get out and explore its many green features. One way of doing this is to go on a StationWalk, where you start and end at a station.
The banks of the river Brent close to Perivale Park in London are about to be enhanced with reed beds, wetlands, meadows, woodland and orchards. This is a fantastic new local resource for the area! Photographs of the existing fields will appear here shortly and as the development proceeds more will be added to illustrate how the transformation is proceeding.
Welcome to this local community forum for Perivale Park, Ealing. Here you will find posts relating to events, news and photographs of the Perivale Park area, located in the London borough of Ealing, West London.
Bees are having a tough time around the world. Oddly, they are surviving very well in cities. One reason are the wild flower meadows in London and for some summer relief I thought I would tell you the story of the one shown below.