Monday, 20 September 2010

Events in the park

Our next volunteering session is on the second Sunday of each month - meet at 2pm at the Ranger's hut then we'll head up to the Vale. The previous session was a great success - we cleared an awful lot of ground, and if you've walked past the area recently you may have noticed what a difference some sanding and a lick of paint can make to the old railings!

If you're a keen runner you may be interested in the Crystal Palace parkrun - a free weekly 5km timed run. It happens every Saturday - and while it's free you need to register in advance - see the website for more details:

Bidding for funds for a new sensory and recreational garden...

We're excited to announce that as well as our work in the Vale, the Friends are working closely with the Park Rangers to put in a funding bid to renovate another small section of the park.

The old flamingo lake was formerly a fountain basin from the Palace, and is a locally listed structure. The area is now over-grown, dried out and completely fenced off (see photo).

What we would like to do is turn the area into an accessible sensory and recreational garden, with tools and workspaces for disabled groups and equipment, such as outdoor gym equipment, board game tables and management of small scale garden, to stimulate the minds and bodies of people of all ages.

As well as improving an over-grown and unused area of the park (which is also one of the first things people see on their way from the train station to the farm) the plans give us an opportunity to restore some of the original stonework of the fountain basin, and hopefully will see us fitting a new fountain alongside the original.

We think this is an exciting project, and we hope to hear back later in the year as to whether we've got through the first round of the funding process. If we do get funding we'll be looking for Friends volunteers to help us with it, and there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved!

Fingers crossed please!

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Biodiversity Day

Bromley are hosting a Biodiversity day in Crystal Palace Park on Wednesday 11th August - full details are on the attached flier... [click to enlarge]

Monday, 26 July 2010

Summer events in the park!

We've got details of some of the summer events happening in the park this summer to share with you!

Jamaican Basic Schools Foundation Family Fun Day
Sunday 1st August 12pm - 7pm
£2.00 entrance fee Terraces

Children's Summer Fun Days in Crystal Palace Park (events organised by the Ranger team)

Monday 2nd August - Hedgehog Antics
Meet and learn about our prickly friends. Craft session included.
2pm - 4pm £3.50 per child

Thursday 5th August - Mask & Model Making
A craft filled session where you can make and build anything that takes your imagination.
2pm - 4pm £3.00 per child

Monday 9th August - Mural Paintings
Come and help the Rangers paint a large, colourful mural in the park.
2pm - 4pm £3.00 per child

Thursday 12th August - Nature Safari
Join the Rangers in a Nature craft session and mini-beast hunt
2pm - 4pm £3.50 per child

Monday 16th August - Fun Sports & Games
Join the Rangers for fun games, badminton, football, rounders, shooting hoops
2pm - 3.30pm Free

Thursday 19th August - Dino-Mania
Take part in a fossil dig to find your very own dinosaur skull, then explore
dinosaur island and have your photo taken with a dinosaur.
2pm - 4pm £3.50 per child

Monday 23rd August - Birds of Prey
Get close-up experience of handling and flying various birds of prey
and have a photo taken with your favourite bird
2pm - 4pm £4.00 per child

Thursday 26th August - Farm Visit
Join the Rangers in handling and grooming the farm animals
at Capel Manor College
10.30am - 12pm £2.00 per child

Tuesday 31st August - Fun Sports & Games
Join the Rangers for fun games, badminton, football, rounders, shooting hoops
2pm - 3.30pm Free

All of the above Ranger-led events must be booked in advance due to limited places. Please wear suitable clothing for the outdoor/games sessions.
For further information, please call in to the Information Centre (opposite the Cafe), or telephone 020 8778 9496.

Bookings can be made by post or in person but not by telephone.

Payment can be made by cash or cheque (made payable to 'London Borough of Bromley').
The age limit for these events is 7 - 11 years old.

All activities start and finish at the Information Centre.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Come and help us with the Vale!

The volunteering sessions have settled down to a pattern of the second Sunday of every month, so hopefully you'll be able to join us, this Sunday (13th) at 2pm to help restore the Vale entrance to the park.

Last time we stripped out a lot of the bramble and ivy roots and cleared the growth back from the fencing, hopefully this time we'll be able to make a start on restoring some of the fencing and clearing the other side of the path. Longer term, we're hoping to secure funding to allow us to get something a bit nicer than brambles planted in the area!

Join us at 2pm at the information centre, or just after that up at the Vale.

If you’re interested, please contact the Crystal Palace Park Rangers on 020 8778 7148 or 020 8778 9496 for more information and to book your place. (We need to know how many people are coming so we know how much equipment to bring!)

Hope to see you on Sunday!