After much work by contractors, and expense, the oil spill appears to have been cleared. We await feedback from the Environment Agency on their investigation of this incident. It is pleasing to see the ever optimistic moorhens are sitting on eggs again. Let us hope that they are successful this time.
Early last Friday morning (31 March) a serious pollution incident was spotted on the Mill Pond, Glassmill Lane, Bromley BR1. This was immediately reported, by one of our members, to the Environment Agency. A large quantity of oil was covering the water and its margins.
This historic Mill Pond is important both for its heritage and environmental features. It is an important nesting site for ducks and is also visited by grey herons, kingfishers, etc. Part of the River Ravensbourne catchment, we were already working with Thames21 and other stakeholders, to access grant funding to enhance this important space.
During a recent walk by our group we came across these unusual objects adjacent to the Grade 2 listed Pulhamite garden feature in Bromley Palace Park (aka Civic Centre Grounds). This included a ‘St.Brigid’s Cross’ celebration of spring. Let us hope that the weather proves otherwise!
Learn more about St.Brigid’s Cross HERE
Learn more about Bromley Palace Park HERE
A parliamentary committee enquiring into the status of public parks in England has now issued its report. It recognises the importance of our parks and that they are at a critical point due to financial and planning pressures.
A few selected comments from the report are given below –
“They provide opportunities for leisure, relaxation and exercise, but are also fundamental to community cohesion, physical and mental health and wellbeing, biodiversity, climate change mitigation, and local economic growth.”
“However parks are at a tipping point, and failure to match their value and the contribution they make with the resources they need to be sustained could have severe consequences.”
“Planning policy, particularly as a result of pressures to increase housing supply, may not always give enough priority to parks and green spaces, or to other elements of our green infrastructure.”
The full report can be found HERE
The old Lodge on Martins Hill has been sold again and the new owner intends to restore it into a habitable home. Following on from an earlier planning permission, further details have been submitted (Ref: 15/01561/FULL1) showing proposed external finishes. Details can be found on the council online planning page
We look forward to the sympathetic restoration, and occupation, of this local landmark, which has sadly been empty and derelict for many years.
Thanks to the local idVerde team extensive areas of invasive brambles have been cut back on the lower slopes of Martins Hill. This has both opened up views across the Queens Mead toward Shortlands, and created space for other plants including Broom (after which Bromley is named). This is part of our ongoing objective to increase the biodiversity of this area. For more about this go to Martins Hill page