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 new playground has been completed and was opened earlier in the month. It was great to see it used already, and am sure that with better weather it will be very popular with families with young children.
We have recently been notified that another food outlet will be opening in Queens Garden, early in 2017. A mobile kiosk, selling crepes, and coffee, is due to be open at weekends in this park. We understand that it will be located on hard standing area near the north-west exit from the shopping centre.
It follows on from the major development of fast food shops at the other end of this area. We await to see the impact, if any, that this makes on this green space.
Last week over 150,000 people have taken part in a consultation, organised by campaigning group 38 Degrees, on how we use our parks – and why we love them – and over 260,000 have signed a petition calling for our parks to be protected.
In the next few weeks the committee of MPs looking into the problems facing our parks will read through these responses, and come up with recommendations for what to do next. Thanks to this, they’ll be under no illusion that people across the UK care about our parks and green spaces.
You can see a full copy of the report online.
In addition we have sent a submission directly to the parliamentary committee, outlining our opinions on the importance of our public parks and their benefits. At present local councils do not have a statutory obligation to provide them! A situation a national campaign is endeavouring to change.