The Young Friends would like to know what local people think about the playground in the Park. Give us your ideas! There is an online form here:
The volunteer gardening group have been very active recently – and we have big plans for the next few months. The group takes on a wide variety of tasks, after discussion with the gardening team at the Council. More volunteers are always welcome.
We started off the new year by planting eight trees in the avenue that leads to the rose pergola; these replace trees that were planted during the Lottery-funded renovations, but which did not survive repeated floodings. We hope that the new ones (which include silver birch trees) will flourish.
This week, the volunteers worked on the long borders, and on the area around the maze and rose pergola. Also, a cherry tree was planted and a new bird box fixed in place (in the woods). Dozens of tiny plants are now the room under the cafe, which has been temporarily adopted for gardening purposes (it’s normally used by the tennis club).
The Urban Buzz project paid for large numbers of bulbs which we planted up on ‘the bank’ (near Cameron Grove entrance) with the help of lots of young helpers, during the October half-term. These are now coming up, and we’re delighted to have a bit more colour in this area. We have been allocated yet more money from this project to buy dozens more plants which are suitable for the bugs and bees. And yes, all of these plants will need to be planted by volunteers!
Currently, the gardening sessions take place on Tuesdays, with the next planned date being April 25 (further dates in the Newsletter). Meet at 9.30 below the cafe, bringing gardening gloves if you have them. A technical knowledge of gardening is not essential, just a willingness to dig and improve our lovely park. A cup of tea is provided at the end of the session, as a reward for your effort. Contact us here, or by Facebook.
Everyone is welcome to the Friends’ AGM. Come and let us know your thoughts for the next year … 7pm at the Reading Cafe. Entrance via Richardson St. If you are running late, after 7pm, ring 551489 for entry.
Guest post from York Urban Buzz:
York Urban Buzz is taking York by storm, making the most of the city’s untapped potential for bee-friendly parks and gardens. Soon Rowntree Park and along the river by Millennium Bridge will be bursting with even more flowers, buzzing with bees, butterflies and many other pollinating insects. If you look carefully, you might also spot some bees relaxing in their boutique bee hotel.
We have specifically chosen these sites to be flagship ‘Buzzing Hotspots’. Over the summers to come, there should be a riot of colour, making it a more vibrant and inspiring place to be. The new developments will provide vital new food and nesting places for our pollinators, so that they will be happy and healthy – just like the spaces are loved and used by local people (at the centre of this project is making our parks and gardens better and more enjoyable for us too). Work at Millennium Bridge has already started with wild flowers being planted with the fantastic help of local people and plans are being made for Rowntree Park.
As well as being very good news for us, this is good news for our buzzing buddies too. They have been having a really tough time lately and some species of bumblebee have even gone extinct. What a lot of people just don’t realise is that we depend on insect pollination for much of our food and that around 80% of wildflowers rely on pollination. So, without our buzzing buddies, butterflies and other pollinators our food would be boring and our parks and gardens dull.
So, over the summer when you’re enjoying your strawberries and cream tea, take a minute to thank our tiny pollinators busily buzzing about their day!
Great prizes to be won, for a creative portrait taken in the Park. Entries for the ‘Best Selfie’ category, or for a portrait by a photographer aged 0-6, 7-15 or 16 and over. Closing date is 10th July. More details here: https://www.formpl.us/form/5709683924926464/
Everyone is invited to a plant sale at Rowntree Park, on Saturday May 7th. It will run from 11am to 2pm, and will be located close to the Reading Cafe – look out for our tent! There will be seeds for children to plant (free for members of the Friends). There will be plenty of plants, covering a range of interests, provided by Brunswick Organic Nursery.