Queens Garden looking great

This flower bed in Queens Garden, previously the “Darwin Bed”, is looking very good at the moment. It includes various plants, including several attractive grasses, from around the world. This was replanted, by idVerde staff, a couple of years ago to replace the earlier flower scheme which had been part of Bromley council’s iff-fated application for World Heritage status for the Downe area associated with Charles Darwin.

With the other flower beds in the garden currently still awaiting the summer bedding to be planted, this is the main flower display in this park. We hope soon see their contributions to the beauty of this well loved space.

Perhaps with the gradual easing of coronavirus restrictions it will not be too long before the customers of Cafe Giardino will be able to gaze down upon this attractive scene. However in the meantime we can all enjoy this, and the rest of this garden’s attractions, from ground level.

Carrying On

In these difficult times, where most of us are correctly staying at home for most of the day, there are many people continuing to work to keep #Bromley Town Centre going. Among these are the #idVerde staff still busy maintaining our parks, so that we can enjoy them while on our daily exercise walk, as well as in the future when we are able to move around freely again.

Bob with his ride-on mower

Several of the maintenance team were present in Queens Garden yesterday. They were either weeding the formal flower beds, for which this park is well known, or mowing the grass as it starts to regrow again.

Neil clearing up litter

Elsewhere, despite possibly lower density of people visiting parks, the litter bins need clearing and other rubbish picked up regularly so that they still look at their best.

So if you spot any of the parks maintenance team on your walks in our local parks, please give them a small word of thanks for their efforts. I know that they will appreciate it.

Butterflies Need Help

Steven Lofting (RSPB/idVerde) leads a butterfly walk around a meadow.

Butterflies, along with much else of our natural world, is finding it extremely difficult with threats from climate change, agricultural intensification, etc. It is increasingly important therefore to provide suitable habitats in our parks, where possible. So it was with great interest that three of our members (Chris, Julie and Jeff), along with members of other Park Friends groups, yesterday attended an introductory butterfly course at High Elms Country Park yesterday. Led by Steven Lofting (idVerde/RSPB) we learnt how to tell them from moths, as well as their life-cycle, habitat requirements and the many current habitat threats they face. We then had a practical session walking through an adjacent flower-rich meadow. Here we tried out our newly acquired skills, identifying eleven species of butterflies.

We left the course each inspired to search for butterflies in each of our own parks, and where possible to make them more butterfly friendly (not to mention other insects, etc).

New e-Bike dumped in river

Recently introduced Lime e-Bike left in Mill Pond.

Sadly an example of the misuse of a good new idea by a few anti-social people. Somebody has thrown an e-bike into the River Ravensbourne at the Mill Pond, in Glassmill Lane. This follows another e-bike that was dumped into the lake in Church House Gardens about the same time, but was later removed by the idVerde parks maintenance team.

The Lime e-bikes have been introduced into Bromley town centre about a week ago. Let us hope that such events do not sour this scheme.

Queen’s Garden: Green Flag inspection

We had an inspection visit, last Friday, in response to the application for a Green Flag award. It was a rather cold and damp, in great contrast to the weather just a week before. However the inspection seemed to go well and we await a decision in a couple of months. Besides the two inspectors, representatives of our Friends group as well as idVerde (the parks maintenance contractor) were in attendance. We later met two members of The Glades management team.