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Fungi Walk – 29 October 2017



45 people attended a Fungi walk on 29th October 2017 in Bushwood led by Tricia Moxly. Despite the dry weather enough fungi were found to make for a very interesting walk.

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Nature Club – October 2017


35 children turned up on Sunday 29th October for our Autumn Nature Club.
The weather was perfect for our nature trail through the Chestnut trees and into Chalet Wood. Children enjoyed squirrelling away nuts and finding them again, as well as doing bark rubbings, making stick skeletons and playing with their friends in the woods. They collected autumn leaves, twigs and nuts.

After the nature trail we hosted a crafts session in the Temple where the children turned their collections into a collage and made autumnal cards and leaf rubbings. And finally, we settled down to stories and children helped our story teller act out some of the scenes. A great time was had by all, new friendships made, and we came away with lots of great new ideas for helping our children explore and enjoy their natural environment.

These sessions are run by a group of local parents who wanted to see more activities for children in the park. We’re so pleased at how popular they are and can’t wait until our Christmas event on 18 December and Winter Nature Club on Sunday 28th January. We hope to see you there!

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November 2nd, 2017

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Talk – Birds of Wanstead


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Birds of Wanstead

Sunday 19th November 1.00pm

The Temple, Wanstead Park

A talk by local top birder and photographer Nick Croft. Learn about some of the 180 species recorded in our area.

Cost £3.00.

Book your place in advance & pay on the door:

Contact Gill on 020 8989 4898 or Email Gill

a joint Epping Forest, Wren Conservation Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands event

Links: Wanstead Park Epping Forest

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November 1st, 2017

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Trees in the Landscape: photography exhibition at the Temple


Jono LethbridgeJono Lethbridge

 

A tree-themed photography exhibition opens at the Temple in Wanstead Park this month. “Member of the Wren Wildlife Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands have been out snapping, trying t o capture not only the beautiful forms of trees in Wanstead Park and Epping Forest but also the details of leaves and seeds and the animals, birds and insects that depend on them” said Gill James.

The exhibition launches on 26 November (from October to March, the Temple is open on weekends only from 10am to 3pm).

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Woodberry Wetlands: lessons for Wanstead Park?


Woodberry Wetlands
On Thursday 5 October a group organised by Epping Forest Operations Manager Geoff Sinclair visited the Woodberry Wetlands reserve in Stoke Newington. As well as Geoff, the party included chief ecologist Dr Jeremy Dagley, conservation arborist Richard Edmonds and other Epping Forest representatives. Several members of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands and Wren Group also attended.

Although Woodberry Wetlands is a very different site to Wanstead Park, the purpose of the visit was to discuss how elements of the landscape planning for nature might be relevant there.

Geoff Sinclair said beforehand –

“Broadly speaking, issues that are of interest are:

Enhancing the biodiversity value of lakes – especially how to improve the pretty hard lake margins on a couple of our lakes.
Managing invasive weeds: Floating Pennywort, Crassula etc.
Managing Blue Green algae.

More strategically, we have four lakes linked to the River Roding that to date we have tended to think about in terms of heritage rather than biodiversity. We are looking for steers on the sort of strategic biodiversity priorities that we might consider at Wanstead Park”.

Woodberry Wetlands
The group was met by David Mooney of the London Wildlife Trust, who outlined a number of ideas that could be relevant in Wanstead Park, particularly how reedbeds had been created, benefitting birds, fish, dragonflies and amphibians.
Woodberry Wetlands
Also of interest, given that the “Parkland Plan” for Wanstead Park is nearing completion, were David’s comments about the Woodberry Wetlands site’s “business model” including the role of grant-aid and other forms of fundraising.
Woodberry Wetlands
David said that a key factor was the on-site café, which was managed in-house. It contributed no less than £95,000 per year, of which nearly half came from sales, but the majority from events.
Woodberry Wetlands
David emphasised the role of volunteers in maintaining Woodberry Wetlands. As well as people who carried out day-to-day practical work, these included a number of high-profile ambassadors, such as actress Alison Steadman and historian Tom Holland.

Gill James, a member of both the Friends and the Wren Group said afterwards that the visit had been “really useful” and “given us all plenty of food for thought”.

Staff from Epping Forest and members of the Wren Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands are now going to mull over some of the practical lessons from Woodberry Wetlands. One medium-term outcome may be the establishment of a reedbed at the western end of the Heronry Pond.
Woodberry Wetlands
Woodberry Wetlands was opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2016, having previously been known as Stoke Newington East Reservoir. The wetlands are the result of a proposal by the London Wildlife Trust to enhance the reservoir for wildlife and open it up so people can access a high quality, natural space in a densely built-up environment.

Copied, with permission, from Friends of Wanstead Parklands.

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Fungi Walk – 29 October 2017



45 people attended a Fungi walk on 29th October 2017 in Bushwood led by Tricia Moxly. Despite the dry weather enough fungi were found to make for a very interesting walk.

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November 3rd, 2017

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Nature Club – October 2017


35 children turned up on Sunday 29th October for our Autumn Nature Club.
The weather was perfect for our nature trail through the Chestnut trees and into Chalet Wood. Children enjoyed squirrelling away nuts and finding them again, as well as doing bark rubbings, making stick skeletons and playing with their friends in the woods. They collected autumn leaves, twigs and nuts.

After the nature trail we hosted a crafts session in the Temple where the children turned their collections into a collage and made autumnal cards and leaf rubbings. And finally, we settled down to stories and children helped our story teller act out some of the scenes. A great time was had by all, new friendships made, and we came away with lots of great new ideas for helping our children explore and enjoy their natural environment.

These sessions are run by a group of local parents who wanted to see more activities for children in the park. We’re so pleased at how popular they are and can’t wait until our Christmas event on 18 December and Winter Nature Club on Sunday 28th January. We hope to see you there!

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November 2nd, 2017

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Talk – Birds of Wanstead


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Birds of Wanstead

Sunday 19th November 1.00pm

The Temple, Wanstead Park

A talk by local top birder and photographer Nick Croft. Learn about some of the 180 species recorded in our area.

Cost £3.00.

Book your place in advance & pay on the door:

Contact Gill on 020 8989 4898 or Email Gill

a joint Epping Forest, Wren Conservation Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands event

Links: Wanstead Park Epping Forest

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November 1st, 2017

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Trees in the Landscape: photography exhibition at the Temple


Jono LethbridgeJono Lethbridge

 

A tree-themed photography exhibition opens at the Temple in Wanstead Park this month. “Member of the Wren Wildlife Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands have been out snapping, trying t o capture not only the beautiful forms of trees in Wanstead Park and Epping Forest but also the details of leaves and seeds and the animals, birds and insects that depend on them” said Gill James.

The exhibition launches on 26 November (from October to March, the Temple is open on weekends only from 10am to 3pm).

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October 18th, 2017

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Woodberry Wetlands: lessons for Wanstead Park?


Woodberry Wetlands
On Thursday 5 October a group organised by Epping Forest Operations Manager Geoff Sinclair visited the Woodberry Wetlands reserve in Stoke Newington. As well as Geoff, the party included chief ecologist Dr Jeremy Dagley, conservation arborist Richard Edmonds and other Epping Forest representatives. Several members of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands and Wren Group also attended.

Although Woodberry Wetlands is a very different site to Wanstead Park, the purpose of the visit was to discuss how elements of the landscape planning for nature might be relevant there.

Geoff Sinclair said beforehand –

“Broadly speaking, issues that are of interest are:

Enhancing the biodiversity value of lakes – especially how to improve the pretty hard lake margins on a couple of our lakes.
Managing invasive weeds: Floating Pennywort, Crassula etc.
Managing Blue Green algae.

More strategically, we have four lakes linked to the River Roding that to date we have tended to think about in terms of heritage rather than biodiversity. We are looking for steers on the sort of strategic biodiversity priorities that we might consider at Wanstead Park”.

Woodberry Wetlands
The group was met by David Mooney of the London Wildlife Trust, who outlined a number of ideas that could be relevant in Wanstead Park, particularly how reedbeds had been created, benefitting birds, fish, dragonflies and amphibians.
Woodberry Wetlands
Also of interest, given that the “Parkland Plan” for Wanstead Park is nearing completion, were David’s comments about the Woodberry Wetlands site’s “business model” including the role of grant-aid and other forms of fundraising.
Woodberry Wetlands
David said that a key factor was the on-site café, which was managed in-house. It contributed no less than £95,000 per year, of which nearly half came from sales, but the majority from events.
Woodberry Wetlands
David emphasised the role of volunteers in maintaining Woodberry Wetlands. As well as people who carried out day-to-day practical work, these included a number of high-profile ambassadors, such as actress Alison Steadman and historian Tom Holland.

Gill James, a member of both the Friends and the Wren Group said afterwards that the visit had been “really useful” and “given us all plenty of food for thought”.

Staff from Epping Forest and members of the Wren Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands are now going to mull over some of the practical lessons from Woodberry Wetlands. One medium-term outcome may be the establishment of a reedbed at the western end of the Heronry Pond.
Woodberry Wetlands
Woodberry Wetlands was opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2016, having previously been known as Stoke Newington East Reservoir. The wetlands are the result of a proposal by the London Wildlife Trust to enhance the reservoir for wildlife and open it up so people can access a high quality, natural space in a densely built-up environment.

Copied, with permission, from Friends of Wanstead Parklands.

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Fungi Walk – 29 October 2017



45 people attended a Fungi walk on 29th October 2017 in Bushwood led by Tricia Moxly. Despite the dry weather enough fungi were found to make for a very interesting walk.

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November 3rd, 2017

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Nature Club – October 2017


35 children turned up on Sunday 29th October for our Autumn Nature Club.
The weather was perfect for our nature trail through the Chestnut trees and into Chalet Wood. Children enjoyed squirrelling away nuts and finding them again, as well as doing bark rubbings, making stick skeletons and playing with their friends in the woods. They collected autumn leaves, twigs and nuts.

After the nature trail we hosted a crafts session in the Temple where the children turned their collections into a collage and made autumnal cards and leaf rubbings. And finally, we settled down to stories and children helped our story teller act out some of the scenes. A great time was had by all, new friendships made, and we came away with lots of great new ideas for helping our children explore and enjoy their natural environment.

These sessions are run by a group of local parents who wanted to see more activities for children in the park. We’re so pleased at how popular they are and can’t wait until our Christmas event on 18 December and Winter Nature Club on Sunday 28th January. We hope to see you there!

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November 2nd, 2017

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Talk – Birds of Wanstead


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Birds of Wanstead

Sunday 19th November 1.00pm

The Temple, Wanstead Park

A talk by local top birder and photographer Nick Croft. Learn about some of the 180 species recorded in our area.

Cost £3.00.

Book your place in advance & pay on the door:

Contact Gill on 020 8989 4898 or Email Gill

a joint Epping Forest, Wren Conservation Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands event

Links: Wanstead Park Epping Forest

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November 1st, 2017

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Trees in the Landscape: photography exhibition at the Temple


Jono LethbridgeJono Lethbridge

 

A tree-themed photography exhibition opens at the Temple in Wanstead Park this month. “Member of the Wren Wildlife Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands have been out snapping, trying t o capture not only the beautiful forms of trees in Wanstead Park and Epping Forest but also the details of leaves and seeds and the animals, birds and insects that depend on them” said Gill James.

The exhibition launches on 26 November (from October to March, the Temple is open on weekends only from 10am to 3pm).

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October 18th, 2017

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Woodberry Wetlands: lessons for Wanstead Park?


Woodberry Wetlands
On Thursday 5 October a group organised by Epping Forest Operations Manager Geoff Sinclair visited the Woodberry Wetlands reserve in Stoke Newington. As well as Geoff, the party included chief ecologist Dr Jeremy Dagley, conservation arborist Richard Edmonds and other Epping Forest representatives. Several members of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands and Wren Group also attended.

Although Woodberry Wetlands is a very different site to Wanstead Park, the purpose of the visit was to discuss how elements of the landscape planning for nature might be relevant there.

Geoff Sinclair said beforehand –

“Broadly speaking, issues that are of interest are:

Enhancing the biodiversity value of lakes – especially how to improve the pretty hard lake margins on a couple of our lakes.
Managing invasive weeds: Floating Pennywort, Crassula etc.
Managing Blue Green algae.

More strategically, we have four lakes linked to the River Roding that to date we have tended to think about in terms of heritage rather than biodiversity. We are looking for steers on the sort of strategic biodiversity priorities that we might consider at Wanstead Park”.

Woodberry Wetlands
The group was met by David Mooney of the London Wildlife Trust, who outlined a number of ideas that could be relevant in Wanstead Park, particularly how reedbeds had been created, benefitting birds, fish, dragonflies and amphibians.
Woodberry Wetlands
Also of interest, given that the “Parkland Plan” for Wanstead Park is nearing completion, were David’s comments about the Woodberry Wetlands site’s “business model” including the role of grant-aid and other forms of fundraising.
Woodberry Wetlands
David said that a key factor was the on-site café, which was managed in-house. It contributed no less than £95,000 per year, of which nearly half came from sales, but the majority from events.
Woodberry Wetlands
David emphasised the role of volunteers in maintaining Woodberry Wetlands. As well as people who carried out day-to-day practical work, these included a number of high-profile ambassadors, such as actress Alison Steadman and historian Tom Holland.

Gill James, a member of both the Friends and the Wren Group said afterwards that the visit had been “really useful” and “given us all plenty of food for thought”.

Staff from Epping Forest and members of the Wren Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands are now going to mull over some of the practical lessons from Woodberry Wetlands. One medium-term outcome may be the establishment of a reedbed at the western end of the Heronry Pond.
Woodberry Wetlands
Woodberry Wetlands was opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2016, having previously been known as Stoke Newington East Reservoir. The wetlands are the result of a proposal by the London Wildlife Trust to enhance the reservoir for wildlife and open it up so people can access a high quality, natural space in a densely built-up environment.

Copied, with permission, from Friends of Wanstead Parklands.

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October 7th, 2017

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Fungi Walk – 29 October 2017



45 people attended a Fungi walk on 29th October 2017 in Bushwood led by Tricia Moxly. Despite the dry weather enough fungi were found to make for a very interesting walk.

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November 3rd, 2017

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Nature Club – October 2017


35 children turned up on Sunday 29th October for our Autumn Nature Club.
The weather was perfect for our nature trail through the Chestnut trees and into Chalet Wood. Children enjoyed squirrelling away nuts and finding them again, as well as doing bark rubbings, making stick skeletons and playing with their friends in the woods. They collected autumn leaves, twigs and nuts.

After the nature trail we hosted a crafts session in the Temple where the children turned their collections into a collage and made autumnal cards and leaf rubbings. And finally, we settled down to stories and children helped our story teller act out some of the scenes. A great time was had by all, new friendships made, and we came away with lots of great new ideas for helping our children explore and enjoy their natural environment.

These sessions are run by a group of local parents who wanted to see more activities for children in the park. We’re so pleased at how popular they are and can’t wait until our Christmas event on 18 December and Winter Nature Club on Sunday 28th January. We hope to see you there!

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November 2nd, 2017

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Talk – Birds of Wanstead


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Birds of Wanstead

Sunday 19th November 1.00pm

The Temple, Wanstead Park

A talk by local top birder and photographer Nick Croft. Learn about some of the 180 species recorded in our area.

Cost £3.00.

Book your place in advance & pay on the door:

Contact Gill on 020 8989 4898 or Email Gill

a joint Epping Forest, Wren Conservation Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands event

Links: Wanstead Park Epping Forest

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November 1st, 2017

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Trees in the Landscape: photography exhibition at the Temple


Jono LethbridgeJono Lethbridge

 

A tree-themed photography exhibition opens at the Temple in Wanstead Park this month. “Member of the Wren Wildlife Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands have been out snapping, trying t o capture not only the beautiful forms of trees in Wanstead Park and Epping Forest but also the details of leaves and seeds and the animals, birds and insects that depend on them” said Gill James.

The exhibition launches on 26 November (from October to March, the Temple is open on weekends only from 10am to 3pm).

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October 18th, 2017

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Woodberry Wetlands: lessons for Wanstead Park?


Woodberry Wetlands
On Thursday 5 October a group organised by Epping Forest Operations Manager Geoff Sinclair visited the Woodberry Wetlands reserve in Stoke Newington. As well as Geoff, the party included chief ecologist Dr Jeremy Dagley, conservation arborist Richard Edmonds and other Epping Forest representatives. Several members of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands and Wren Group also attended.

Although Woodberry Wetlands is a very different site to Wanstead Park, the purpose of the visit was to discuss how elements of the landscape planning for nature might be relevant there.

Geoff Sinclair said beforehand –

“Broadly speaking, issues that are of interest are:

Enhancing the biodiversity value of lakes – especially how to improve the pretty hard lake margins on a couple of our lakes.
Managing invasive weeds: Floating Pennywort, Crassula etc.
Managing Blue Green algae.

More strategically, we have four lakes linked to the River Roding that to date we have tended to think about in terms of heritage rather than biodiversity. We are looking for steers on the sort of strategic biodiversity priorities that we might consider at Wanstead Park”.

Woodberry Wetlands
The group was met by David Mooney of the London Wildlife Trust, who outlined a number of ideas that could be relevant in Wanstead Park, particularly how reedbeds had been created, benefitting birds, fish, dragonflies and amphibians.
Woodberry Wetlands
Also of interest, given that the “Parkland Plan” for Wanstead Park is nearing completion, were David’s comments about the Woodberry Wetlands site’s “business model” including the role of grant-aid and other forms of fundraising.
Woodberry Wetlands
David said that a key factor was the on-site café, which was managed in-house. It contributed no less than £95,000 per year, of which nearly half came from sales, but the majority from events.
Woodberry Wetlands
David emphasised the role of volunteers in maintaining Woodberry Wetlands. As well as people who carried out day-to-day practical work, these included a number of high-profile ambassadors, such as actress Alison Steadman and historian Tom Holland.

Gill James, a member of both the Friends and the Wren Group said afterwards that the visit had been “really useful” and “given us all plenty of food for thought”.

Staff from Epping Forest and members of the Wren Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands are now going to mull over some of the practical lessons from Woodberry Wetlands. One medium-term outcome may be the establishment of a reedbed at the western end of the Heronry Pond.
Woodberry Wetlands
Woodberry Wetlands was opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2016, having previously been known as Stoke Newington East Reservoir. The wetlands are the result of a proposal by the London Wildlife Trust to enhance the reservoir for wildlife and open it up so people can access a high quality, natural space in a densely built-up environment.

Copied, with permission, from Friends of Wanstead Parklands.

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Fungi Walk – 29 October 2017



45 people attended a Fungi walk on 29th October 2017 in Bushwood led by Tricia Moxly. Despite the dry weather enough fungi were found to make for a very interesting walk.

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November 3rd, 2017

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Nature Club – October 2017


35 children turned up on Sunday 29th October for our Autumn Nature Club.
The weather was perfect for our nature trail through the Chestnut trees and into Chalet Wood. Children enjoyed squirrelling away nuts and finding them again, as well as doing bark rubbings, making stick skeletons and playing with their friends in the woods. They collected autumn leaves, twigs and nuts.

After the nature trail we hosted a crafts session in the Temple where the children turned their collections into a collage and made autumnal cards and leaf rubbings. And finally, we settled down to stories and children helped our story teller act out some of the scenes. A great time was had by all, new friendships made, and we came away with lots of great new ideas for helping our children explore and enjoy their natural environment.

These sessions are run by a group of local parents who wanted to see more activities for children in the park. We’re so pleased at how popular they are and can’t wait until our Christmas event on 18 December and Winter Nature Club on Sunday 28th January. We hope to see you there!

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November 2nd, 2017

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Talk – Birds of Wanstead


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Birds of Wanstead

Sunday 19th November 1.00pm

The Temple, Wanstead Park

A talk by local top birder and photographer Nick Croft. Learn about some of the 180 species recorded in our area.

Cost £3.00.

Book your place in advance & pay on the door:

Contact Gill on 020 8989 4898 or Email Gill

a joint Epping Forest, Wren Conservation Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands event

Links: Wanstead Park Epping Forest

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November 1st, 2017

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Trees in the Landscape: photography exhibition at the Temple


Jono LethbridgeJono Lethbridge

 

A tree-themed photography exhibition opens at the Temple in Wanstead Park this month. “Member of the Wren Wildlife Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands have been out snapping, trying t o capture not only the beautiful forms of trees in Wanstead Park and Epping Forest but also the details of leaves and seeds and the animals, birds and insects that depend on them” said Gill James.

The exhibition launches on 26 November (from October to March, the Temple is open on weekends only from 10am to 3pm).

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October 18th, 2017

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Woodberry Wetlands: lessons for Wanstead Park?


Woodberry Wetlands
On Thursday 5 October a group organised by Epping Forest Operations Manager Geoff Sinclair visited the Woodberry Wetlands reserve in Stoke Newington. As well as Geoff, the party included chief ecologist Dr Jeremy Dagley, conservation arborist Richard Edmonds and other Epping Forest representatives. Several members of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands and Wren Group also attended.

Although Woodberry Wetlands is a very different site to Wanstead Park, the purpose of the visit was to discuss how elements of the landscape planning for nature might be relevant there.

Geoff Sinclair said beforehand –

“Broadly speaking, issues that are of interest are:

Enhancing the biodiversity value of lakes – especially how to improve the pretty hard lake margins on a couple of our lakes.
Managing invasive weeds: Floating Pennywort, Crassula etc.
Managing Blue Green algae.

More strategically, we have four lakes linked to the River Roding that to date we have tended to think about in terms of heritage rather than biodiversity. We are looking for steers on the sort of strategic biodiversity priorities that we might consider at Wanstead Park”.

Woodberry Wetlands
The group was met by David Mooney of the London Wildlife Trust, who outlined a number of ideas that could be relevant in Wanstead Park, particularly how reedbeds had been created, benefitting birds, fish, dragonflies and amphibians.
Woodberry Wetlands
Also of interest, given that the “Parkland Plan” for Wanstead Park is nearing completion, were David’s comments about the Woodberry Wetlands site’s “business model” including the role of grant-aid and other forms of fundraising.
Woodberry Wetlands
David said that a key factor was the on-site café, which was managed in-house. It contributed no less than £95,000 per year, of which nearly half came from sales, but the majority from events.
Woodberry Wetlands
David emphasised the role of volunteers in maintaining Woodberry Wetlands. As well as people who carried out day-to-day practical work, these included a number of high-profile ambassadors, such as actress Alison Steadman and historian Tom Holland.

Gill James, a member of both the Friends and the Wren Group said afterwards that the visit had been “really useful” and “given us all plenty of food for thought”.

Staff from Epping Forest and members of the Wren Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands are now going to mull over some of the practical lessons from Woodberry Wetlands. One medium-term outcome may be the establishment of a reedbed at the western end of the Heronry Pond.
Woodberry Wetlands
Woodberry Wetlands was opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2016, having previously been known as Stoke Newington East Reservoir. The wetlands are the result of a proposal by the London Wildlife Trust to enhance the reservoir for wildlife and open it up so people can access a high quality, natural space in a densely built-up environment.

Copied, with permission, from Friends of Wanstead Parklands.

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October 7th, 2017

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Fungi Walk – 29 October 2017



45 people attended a Fungi walk on 29th October 2017 in Bushwood led by Tricia Moxly. Despite the dry weather enough fungi were found to make for a very interesting walk.

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November 3rd, 2017

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Nature Club – October 2017


35 children turned up on Sunday 29th October for our Autumn Nature Club.
The weather was perfect for our nature trail through the Chestnut trees and into Chalet Wood. Children enjoyed squirrelling away nuts and finding them again, as well as doing bark rubbings, making stick skeletons and playing with their friends in the woods. They collected autumn leaves, twigs and nuts.

After the nature trail we hosted a crafts session in the Temple where the children turned their collections into a collage and made autumnal cards and leaf rubbings. And finally, we settled down to stories and children helped our story teller act out some of the scenes. A great time was had by all, new friendships made, and we came away with lots of great new ideas for helping our children explore and enjoy their natural environment.

These sessions are run by a group of local parents who wanted to see more activities for children in the park. We’re so pleased at how popular they are and can’t wait until our Christmas event on 18 December and Winter Nature Club on Sunday 28th January. We hope to see you there!

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November 2nd, 2017

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Talk – Birds of Wanstead


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Birds of Wanstead

Sunday 19th November 1.00pm

The Temple, Wanstead Park

A talk by local top birder and photographer Nick Croft. Learn about some of the 180 species recorded in our area.

Cost £3.00.

Book your place in advance & pay on the door:

Contact Gill on 020 8989 4898 or Email Gill

a joint Epping Forest, Wren Conservation Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands event

Links: Wanstead Park Epping Forest

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November 1st, 2017

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Trees in the Landscape: photography exhibition at the Temple


Jono LethbridgeJono Lethbridge

 

A tree-themed photography exhibition opens at the Temple in Wanstead Park this month. “Member of the Wren Wildlife Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands have been out snapping, trying t o capture not only the beautiful forms of trees in Wanstead Park and Epping Forest but also the details of leaves and seeds and the animals, birds and insects that depend on them” said Gill James.

The exhibition launches on 26 November (from October to March, the Temple is open on weekends only from 10am to 3pm).

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October 18th, 2017

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Woodberry Wetlands: lessons for Wanstead Park?


Woodberry Wetlands
On Thursday 5 October a group organised by Epping Forest Operations Manager Geoff Sinclair visited the Woodberry Wetlands reserve in Stoke Newington. As well as Geoff, the party included chief ecologist Dr Jeremy Dagley, conservation arborist Richard Edmonds and other Epping Forest representatives. Several members of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands and Wren Group also attended.

Although Woodberry Wetlands is a very different site to Wanstead Park, the purpose of the visit was to discuss how elements of the landscape planning for nature might be relevant there.

Geoff Sinclair said beforehand –

“Broadly speaking, issues that are of interest are:

Enhancing the biodiversity value of lakes – especially how to improve the pretty hard lake margins on a couple of our lakes.
Managing invasive weeds: Floating Pennywort, Crassula etc.
Managing Blue Green algae.

More strategically, we have four lakes linked to the River Roding that to date we have tended to think about in terms of heritage rather than biodiversity. We are looking for steers on the sort of strategic biodiversity priorities that we might consider at Wanstead Park”.

Woodberry Wetlands
The group was met by David Mooney of the London Wildlife Trust, who outlined a number of ideas that could be relevant in Wanstead Park, particularly how reedbeds had been created, benefitting birds, fish, dragonflies and amphibians.
Woodberry Wetlands
Also of interest, given that the “Parkland Plan” for Wanstead Park is nearing completion, were David’s comments about the Woodberry Wetlands site’s “business model” including the role of grant-aid and other forms of fundraising.
Woodberry Wetlands
David said that a key factor was the on-site café, which was managed in-house. It contributed no less than £95,000 per year, of which nearly half came from sales, but the majority from events.
Woodberry Wetlands
David emphasised the role of volunteers in maintaining Woodberry Wetlands. As well as people who carried out day-to-day practical work, these included a number of high-profile ambassadors, such as actress Alison Steadman and historian Tom Holland.

Gill James, a member of both the Friends and the Wren Group said afterwards that the visit had been “really useful” and “given us all plenty of food for thought”.

Staff from Epping Forest and members of the Wren Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands are now going to mull over some of the practical lessons from Woodberry Wetlands. One medium-term outcome may be the establishment of a reedbed at the western end of the Heronry Pond.
Woodberry Wetlands
Woodberry Wetlands was opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2016, having previously been known as Stoke Newington East Reservoir. The wetlands are the result of a proposal by the London Wildlife Trust to enhance the reservoir for wildlife and open it up so people can access a high quality, natural space in a densely built-up environment.

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Fungi Walk – 29 October 2017



45 people attended a Fungi walk on 29th October 2017 in Bushwood led by Tricia Moxly. Despite the dry weather enough fungi were found to make for a very interesting walk.

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Nature Club – October 2017


35 children turned up on Sunday 29th October for our Autumn Nature Club.
The weather was perfect for our nature trail through the Chestnut trees and into Chalet Wood. Children enjoyed squirrelling away nuts and finding them again, as well as doing bark rubbings, making stick skeletons and playing with their friends in the woods. They collected autumn leaves, twigs and nuts.

After the nature trail we hosted a crafts session in the Temple where the children turned their collections into a collage and made autumnal cards and leaf rubbings. And finally, we settled down to stories and children helped our story teller act out some of the scenes. A great time was had by all, new friendships made, and we came away with lots of great new ideas for helping our children explore and enjoy their natural environment.

These sessions are run by a group of local parents who wanted to see more activities for children in the park. We’re so pleased at how popular they are and can’t wait until our Christmas event on 18 December and Winter Nature Club on Sunday 28th January. We hope to see you there!

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Talk – Birds of Wanstead


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Birds of Wanstead

Sunday 19th November 1.00pm

The Temple, Wanstead Park

A talk by local top birder and photographer Nick Croft. Learn about some of the 180 species recorded in our area.

Cost £3.00.

Book your place in advance & pay on the door:

Contact Gill on 020 8989 4898 or Email Gill

a joint Epping Forest, Wren Conservation Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands event

Links: Wanstead Park Epping Forest

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Trees in the Landscape: photography exhibition at the Temple


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A tree-themed photography exhibition opens at the Temple in Wanstead Park this month. “Member of the Wren Wildlife Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands have been out snapping, trying t o capture not only the beautiful forms of trees in Wanstead Park and Epping Forest but also the details of leaves and seeds and the animals, birds and insects that depend on them” said Gill James.

The exhibition launches on 26 November (from October to March, the Temple is open on weekends only from 10am to 3pm).

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Woodberry Wetlands: lessons for Wanstead Park?


Woodberry Wetlands
On Thursday 5 October a group organised by Epping Forest Operations Manager Geoff Sinclair visited the Woodberry Wetlands reserve in Stoke Newington. As well as Geoff, the party included chief ecologist Dr Jeremy Dagley, conservation arborist Richard Edmonds and other Epping Forest representatives. Several members of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands and Wren Group also attended.

Although Woodberry Wetlands is a very different site to Wanstead Park, the purpose of the visit was to discuss how elements of the landscape planning for nature might be relevant there.

Geoff Sinclair said beforehand –

“Broadly speaking, issues that are of interest are:

Enhancing the biodiversity value of lakes – especially how to improve the pretty hard lake margins on a couple of our lakes.
Managing invasive weeds: Floating Pennywort, Crassula etc.
Managing Blue Green algae.

More strategically, we have four lakes linked to the River Roding that to date we have tended to think about in terms of heritage rather than biodiversity. We are looking for steers on the sort of strategic biodiversity priorities that we might consider at Wanstead Park”.

Woodberry Wetlands
The group was met by David Mooney of the London Wildlife Trust, who outlined a number of ideas that could be relevant in Wanstead Park, particularly how reedbeds had been created, benefitting birds, fish, dragonflies and amphibians.
Woodberry Wetlands
Also of interest, given that the “Parkland Plan” for Wanstead Park is nearing completion, were David’s comments about the Woodberry Wetlands site’s “business model” including the role of grant-aid and other forms of fundraising.
Woodberry Wetlands
David said that a key factor was the on-site café, which was managed in-house. It contributed no less than £95,000 per year, of which nearly half came from sales, but the majority from events.
Woodberry Wetlands
David emphasised the role of volunteers in maintaining Woodberry Wetlands. As well as people who carried out day-to-day practical work, these included a number of high-profile ambassadors, such as actress Alison Steadman and historian Tom Holland.

Gill James, a member of both the Friends and the Wren Group said afterwards that the visit had been “really useful” and “given us all plenty of food for thought”.

Staff from Epping Forest and members of the Wren Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands are now going to mull over some of the practical lessons from Woodberry Wetlands. One medium-term outcome may be the establishment of a reedbed at the western end of the Heronry Pond.
Woodberry Wetlands
Woodberry Wetlands was opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2016, having previously been known as Stoke Newington East Reservoir. The wetlands are the result of a proposal by the London Wildlife Trust to enhance the reservoir for wildlife and open it up so people can access a high quality, natural space in a densely built-up environment.

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Fungi Walk – 29 October 2017



45 people attended a Fungi walk on 29th October 2017 in Bushwood led by Tricia Moxly. Despite the dry weather enough fungi were found to make for a very interesting walk.

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November 3rd, 2017

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Nature Club – October 2017


35 children turned up on Sunday 29th October for our Autumn Nature Club.
The weather was perfect for our nature trail through the Chestnut trees and into Chalet Wood. Children enjoyed squirrelling away nuts and finding them again, as well as doing bark rubbings, making stick skeletons and playing with their friends in the woods. They collected autumn leaves, twigs and nuts.

After the nature trail we hosted a crafts session in the Temple where the children turned their collections into a collage and made autumnal cards and leaf rubbings. And finally, we settled down to stories and children helped our story teller act out some of the scenes. A great time was had by all, new friendships made, and we came away with lots of great new ideas for helping our children explore and enjoy their natural environment.

These sessions are run by a group of local parents who wanted to see more activities for children in the park. We’re so pleased at how popular they are and can’t wait until our Christmas event on 18 December and Winter Nature Club on Sunday 28th January. We hope to see you there!

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Talk – Birds of Wanstead


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Birds of Wanstead

Sunday 19th November 1.00pm

The Temple, Wanstead Park

A talk by local top birder and photographer Nick Croft. Learn about some of the 180 species recorded in our area.

Cost £3.00.

Book your place in advance & pay on the door:

Contact Gill on 020 8989 4898 or Email Gill

a joint Epping Forest, Wren Conservation Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands event

Links: Wanstead Park Epping Forest

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Trees in the Landscape: photography exhibition at the Temple


Jono LethbridgeJono Lethbridge

 

A tree-themed photography exhibition opens at the Temple in Wanstead Park this month. “Member of the Wren Wildlife Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands have been out snapping, trying t o capture not only the beautiful forms of trees in Wanstead Park and Epping Forest but also the details of leaves and seeds and the animals, birds and insects that depend on them” said Gill James.

The exhibition launches on 26 November (from October to March, the Temple is open on weekends only from 10am to 3pm).

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Woodberry Wetlands: lessons for Wanstead Park?


Woodberry Wetlands
On Thursday 5 October a group organised by Epping Forest Operations Manager Geoff Sinclair visited the Woodberry Wetlands reserve in Stoke Newington. As well as Geoff, the party included chief ecologist Dr Jeremy Dagley, conservation arborist Richard Edmonds and other Epping Forest representatives. Several members of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands and Wren Group also attended.

Although Woodberry Wetlands is a very different site to Wanstead Park, the purpose of the visit was to discuss how elements of the landscape planning for nature might be relevant there.

Geoff Sinclair said beforehand –

“Broadly speaking, issues that are of interest are:

Enhancing the biodiversity value of lakes – especially how to improve the pretty hard lake margins on a couple of our lakes.
Managing invasive weeds: Floating Pennywort, Crassula etc.
Managing Blue Green algae.

More strategically, we have four lakes linked to the River Roding that to date we have tended to think about in terms of heritage rather than biodiversity. We are looking for steers on the sort of strategic biodiversity priorities that we might consider at Wanstead Park”.

Woodberry Wetlands
The group was met by David Mooney of the London Wildlife Trust, who outlined a number of ideas that could be relevant in Wanstead Park, particularly how reedbeds had been created, benefitting birds, fish, dragonflies and amphibians.
Woodberry Wetlands
Also of interest, given that the “Parkland Plan” for Wanstead Park is nearing completion, were David’s comments about the Woodberry Wetlands site’s “business model” including the role of grant-aid and other forms of fundraising.
Woodberry Wetlands
David said that a key factor was the on-site café, which was managed in-house. It contributed no less than £95,000 per year, of which nearly half came from sales, but the majority from events.
Woodberry Wetlands
David emphasised the role of volunteers in maintaining Woodberry Wetlands. As well as people who carried out day-to-day practical work, these included a number of high-profile ambassadors, such as actress Alison Steadman and historian Tom Holland.

Gill James, a member of both the Friends and the Wren Group said afterwards that the visit had been “really useful” and “given us all plenty of food for thought”.

Staff from Epping Forest and members of the Wren Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands are now going to mull over some of the practical lessons from Woodberry Wetlands. One medium-term outcome may be the establishment of a reedbed at the western end of the Heronry Pond.
Woodberry Wetlands
Woodberry Wetlands was opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2016, having previously been known as Stoke Newington East Reservoir. The wetlands are the result of a proposal by the London Wildlife Trust to enhance the reservoir for wildlife and open it up so people can access a high quality, natural space in a densely built-up environment.

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Fungi Walk – 29 October 2017



45 people attended a Fungi walk on 29th October 2017 in Bushwood led by Tricia Moxly. Despite the dry weather enough fungi were found to make for a very interesting walk.

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November 3rd, 2017

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Nature Club – October 2017


35 children turned up on Sunday 29th October for our Autumn Nature Club.
The weather was perfect for our nature trail through the Chestnut trees and into Chalet Wood. Children enjoyed squirrelling away nuts and finding them again, as well as doing bark rubbings, making stick skeletons and playing with their friends in the woods. They collected autumn leaves, twigs and nuts.

After the nature trail we hosted a crafts session in the Temple where the children turned their collections into a collage and made autumnal cards and leaf rubbings. And finally, we settled down to stories and children helped our story teller act out some of the scenes. A great time was had by all, new friendships made, and we came away with lots of great new ideas for helping our children explore and enjoy their natural environment.

These sessions are run by a group of local parents who wanted to see more activities for children in the park. We’re so pleased at how popular they are and can’t wait until our Christmas event on 18 December and Winter Nature Club on Sunday 28th January. We hope to see you there!

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Talk – Birds of Wanstead


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Birds of Wanstead

Sunday 19th November 1.00pm

The Temple, Wanstead Park

A talk by local top birder and photographer Nick Croft. Learn about some of the 180 species recorded in our area.

Cost £3.00.

Book your place in advance & pay on the door:

Contact Gill on 020 8989 4898 or Email Gill

a joint Epping Forest, Wren Conservation Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands event

Links: Wanstead Park Epping Forest

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Trees in the Landscape: photography exhibition at the Temple


Jono LethbridgeJono Lethbridge

 

A tree-themed photography exhibition opens at the Temple in Wanstead Park this month. “Member of the Wren Wildlife Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands have been out snapping, trying t o capture not only the beautiful forms of trees in Wanstead Park and Epping Forest but also the details of leaves and seeds and the animals, birds and insects that depend on them” said Gill James.

The exhibition launches on 26 November (from October to March, the Temple is open on weekends only from 10am to 3pm).

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October 18th, 2017

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Woodberry Wetlands: lessons for Wanstead Park?


Woodberry Wetlands
On Thursday 5 October a group organised by Epping Forest Operations Manager Geoff Sinclair visited the Woodberry Wetlands reserve in Stoke Newington. As well as Geoff, the party included chief ecologist Dr Jeremy Dagley, conservation arborist Richard Edmonds and other Epping Forest representatives. Several members of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands and Wren Group also attended.

Although Woodberry Wetlands is a very different site to Wanstead Park, the purpose of the visit was to discuss how elements of the landscape planning for nature might be relevant there.

Geoff Sinclair said beforehand –

“Broadly speaking, issues that are of interest are:

Enhancing the biodiversity value of lakes – especially how to improve the pretty hard lake margins on a couple of our lakes.
Managing invasive weeds: Floating Pennywort, Crassula etc.
Managing Blue Green algae.

More strategically, we have four lakes linked to the River Roding that to date we have tended to think about in terms of heritage rather than biodiversity. We are looking for steers on the sort of strategic biodiversity priorities that we might consider at Wanstead Park”.

Woodberry Wetlands
The group was met by David Mooney of the London Wildlife Trust, who outlined a number of ideas that could be relevant in Wanstead Park, particularly how reedbeds had been created, benefitting birds, fish, dragonflies and amphibians.
Woodberry Wetlands
Also of interest, given that the “Parkland Plan” for Wanstead Park is nearing completion, were David’s comments about the Woodberry Wetlands site’s “business model” including the role of grant-aid and other forms of fundraising.
Woodberry Wetlands
David said that a key factor was the on-site café, which was managed in-house. It contributed no less than £95,000 per year, of which nearly half came from sales, but the majority from events.
Woodberry Wetlands
David emphasised the role of volunteers in maintaining Woodberry Wetlands. As well as people who carried out day-to-day practical work, these included a number of high-profile ambassadors, such as actress Alison Steadman and historian Tom Holland.

Gill James, a member of both the Friends and the Wren Group said afterwards that the visit had been “really useful” and “given us all plenty of food for thought”.

Staff from Epping Forest and members of the Wren Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands are now going to mull over some of the practical lessons from Woodberry Wetlands. One medium-term outcome may be the establishment of a reedbed at the western end of the Heronry Pond.
Woodberry Wetlands
Woodberry Wetlands was opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2016, having previously been known as Stoke Newington East Reservoir. The wetlands are the result of a proposal by the London Wildlife Trust to enhance the reservoir for wildlife and open it up so people can access a high quality, natural space in a densely built-up environment.

Copied, with permission, from Friends of Wanstead Parklands.

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Fungi Walk – 29 October 2017



45 people attended a Fungi walk on 29th October 2017 in Bushwood led by Tricia Moxly. Despite the dry weather enough fungi were found to make for a very interesting walk.

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November 3rd, 2017

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Nature Club – October 2017


35 children turned up on Sunday 29th October for our Autumn Nature Club.
The weather was perfect for our nature trail through the Chestnut trees and into Chalet Wood. Children enjoyed squirrelling away nuts and finding them again, as well as doing bark rubbings, making stick skeletons and playing with their friends in the woods. They collected autumn leaves, twigs and nuts.

After the nature trail we hosted a crafts session in the Temple where the children turned their collections into a collage and made autumnal cards and leaf rubbings. And finally, we settled down to stories and children helped our story teller act out some of the scenes. A great time was had by all, new friendships made, and we came away with lots of great new ideas for helping our children explore and enjoy their natural environment.

These sessions are run by a group of local parents who wanted to see more activities for children in the park. We’re so pleased at how popular they are and can’t wait until our Christmas event on 18 December and Winter Nature Club on Sunday 28th January. We hope to see you there!

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Talk – Birds of Wanstead


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Birds of Wanstead

Sunday 19th November 1.00pm

The Temple, Wanstead Park

A talk by local top birder and photographer Nick Croft. Learn about some of the 180 species recorded in our area.

Cost £3.00.

Book your place in advance & pay on the door:

Contact Gill on 020 8989 4898 or Email Gill

a joint Epping Forest, Wren Conservation Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands event

Links: Wanstead Park Epping Forest

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Trees in the Landscape: photography exhibition at the Temple


Jono LethbridgeJono Lethbridge

 

A tree-themed photography exhibition opens at the Temple in Wanstead Park this month. “Member of the Wren Wildlife Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands have been out snapping, trying t o capture not only the beautiful forms of trees in Wanstead Park and Epping Forest but also the details of leaves and seeds and the animals, birds and insects that depend on them” said Gill James.

The exhibition launches on 26 November (from October to March, the Temple is open on weekends only from 10am to 3pm).

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October 18th, 2017

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Woodberry Wetlands: lessons for Wanstead Park?


Woodberry Wetlands
On Thursday 5 October a group organised by Epping Forest Operations Manager Geoff Sinclair visited the Woodberry Wetlands reserve in Stoke Newington. As well as Geoff, the party included chief ecologist Dr Jeremy Dagley, conservation arborist Richard Edmonds and other Epping Forest representatives. Several members of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands and Wren Group also attended.

Although Woodberry Wetlands is a very different site to Wanstead Park, the purpose of the visit was to discuss how elements of the landscape planning for nature might be relevant there.

Geoff Sinclair said beforehand –

“Broadly speaking, issues that are of interest are:

Enhancing the biodiversity value of lakes – especially how to improve the pretty hard lake margins on a couple of our lakes.
Managing invasive weeds: Floating Pennywort, Crassula etc.
Managing Blue Green algae.

More strategically, we have four lakes linked to the River Roding that to date we have tended to think about in terms of heritage rather than biodiversity. We are looking for steers on the sort of strategic biodiversity priorities that we might consider at Wanstead Park”.

Woodberry Wetlands
The group was met by David Mooney of the London Wildlife Trust, who outlined a number of ideas that could be relevant in Wanstead Park, particularly how reedbeds had been created, benefitting birds, fish, dragonflies and amphibians.
Woodberry Wetlands
Also of interest, given that the “Parkland Plan” for Wanstead Park is nearing completion, were David’s comments about the Woodberry Wetlands site’s “business model” including the role of grant-aid and other forms of fundraising.
Woodberry Wetlands
David said that a key factor was the on-site café, which was managed in-house. It contributed no less than £95,000 per year, of which nearly half came from sales, but the majority from events.
Woodberry Wetlands
David emphasised the role of volunteers in maintaining Woodberry Wetlands. As well as people who carried out day-to-day practical work, these included a number of high-profile ambassadors, such as actress Alison Steadman and historian Tom Holland.

Gill James, a member of both the Friends and the Wren Group said afterwards that the visit had been “really useful” and “given us all plenty of food for thought”.

Staff from Epping Forest and members of the Wren Group and Friends of Wanstead Parklands are now going to mull over some of the practical lessons from Woodberry Wetlands. One medium-term outcome may be the establishment of a reedbed at the western end of the Heronry Pond.
Woodberry Wetlands
Woodberry Wetlands was opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2016, having previously been known as Stoke Newington East Reservoir. The wetlands are the result of a proposal by the London Wildlife Trust to enhance the reservoir for wildlife and open it up so people can access a high quality, natural space in a densely built-up environment.

Copied, with permission, from Friends of Wanstead Parklands.

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