Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Badge making in the park

When we'd made the bug hotel, we made a mini hotel of our own, to take home, and then made some badges in the shape of flowers and ladybirds.

If you see yourself, let us know your name and we'll add it to the picture.


We've got bug eyes!

We built a bug hotel

We were fully booked for this summer activity - if you came along, let us know if you enjoyed it and whether you'd like more of the same next year?

We started off with a pile of logs...

...then we added some pallets...
... and lots of bamboo...

...and we put the roof on...

...and it looks great! The hotel is open.

Crystal Palace Park Dinosaurs Lecture

Back in June Professor Joe Cain of UCL gave a lecture about the Crystal Palace Park Dinosaurs as part of the Lunch Hour Lecture Series. The full lecture is now available, with subtitles, on YouTube.

It can be found at the following link:

It really is a must see...

Let us know what you think!

Free summer activities for children in the Park

The Friends are delighted to sponsor some fun summer activities for children this summer.

Wed 14th August 2pm-4pm

Paint wooden flowers and bugs to decorate the bug hotel and make your very own bug home to take home 
(ages 4-12yrs)

Wed 21st August 2pm-4pm
Feed the Mosasaurus guarding the dino island to gain passage  to find Igi the Iguanodon's stolen eggs 
(ages 4-8 yrs)


Sunday, 11 August 2013

Keeping the Information centre open to the public

As you may know, the Friends of Crystal Palace Park have opened the information centre for the last two summers, staffed entirely by volunteers. This park resource is no longer open to the public, since the Rangers are no longer based in the park, and it contains lots of information about park history as well as being a friendly place for park users to stop and ask for information on what's happening.

Could you help us either on a Saturday or Sunday, from 12-2? You don't need to be an expert on the Park, it's generally a friendly face to give directions and allow people to visit the exhibition in the info centre (which does tell you all about Park history!)

We have lots of resources for our volunteers, phone numbers to pass out etc, and you wouldn't be there on your own. Volunteers are a huge resource for the Park so please consider whether you could give a couple of hours this month, to help keep the info centre open for park users.


As well as keeping local residents aware of current issues,volunteers can also feed back to LB Bromley the concerns and opinions of park users, to ensure that local people’s voices are heard.
There are many different reasons to volunteer, everyone has their own reasons, and there are a number of benefits. You can learn new skills, add to your CV, and make new friends as well as knowing you are making a contribution to the Park.

Please get in touch if you can help, just pop in to the info centre at a weekend, or contact us via the website.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Conservation Area in the Park

the path less travelled...
 Watch this space for details of work to be carried out in the conservation area.

We are hoping to do some work to make the area more informative to users, by adding some interpretation of the various habitat areas, and adding a wildlife trail.