April 2015 ....

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A busy month!

April has been a very busy month for the Friends of Eastfield Park and those who help out with our activities.

On 20th April a group of 14 volunteers from Thomson Holidays created a new wildflower garden along the north-facing fence separating the Park from Eleonore House. The volunteers also extended the small herbaceous border that had been created by Northampton College students along the west-facing fence last year. The wildflower garden was seeded using two kinds of biodegradable seed carpet: one with mixed annual and perennial wildflowers, the other with mixed perennial wildflowers selected to attract bees. California poppy seeds were sown in the gaps between the sections of seed carpet. It is hoped that the garden will produce a colourful display later in the year as well as increasing biodiversity within the Park. If successful, we hope to extend the garden further next year. Funding to buy plants for the gardens was provided by Eleonore House residents and the St Alban’s Church Friday Morning Drop-in.

Starting Work
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Epicormic growth pruned
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Northampton College Students

Thomson Holidays Volunteers

College Students

'Spring Clean'

Northampton College students have been busy working in the Park on Monday and Wednesday mornings since Easter. They pruned the epicormic growth from the trees in the Bullring, weeded the Eleanore House herbaceous border created by students last year, added compost to the new extension of that border and planted it with Day Lilies and Aquilegias. They also watered the wildflower border, partly filled in a hole near the Booth Lane entrance and collected several bags of litter.

On Saturday 25th April members of Broadmead Baptist Church and other local residents helped Friends of Eastfield Park with our annual 'Spring Clean' in the Park. While some volunteers were collecting litter (a total of 15 bags during the day) others removed the lower branches from the lime trees forming the Bullring. Some of the branches removed were later used to strengthen the 'dead hedge' protecting the culvert near the top pond; others will be used in the weeks ahead to create wildlife habitats. Fifteen adults and four children took part in the ‘Spring Clean’ itself. Another two adults and three teenagers prepared and served a cooked lunch for the workers. Bags of litter were removed from the Park by NBC Park Rangers.

Other News

The Vikings are Coming ...

Vikings

The FoEP is helping members of the Eastfield Residents Association organise a Celebration in the Park on Saturday 4th July between 12 noon and 4.00 pm. The event will include a camp set up by the Vikings of Mercia who will also portray battles between Vikings and Saxons. Aine Cullen (author of The Tree Witches) will be coming along to read from her books and offer signed copies for sale. There will be a range of other activities, entertainments and stalls, including a bouncy castle, etc.

Canine leptospirosis is a disease of dogs that can be transmitted to humans. The disease, caused by Leptospira bacteria, can be fatal to both dogs and people. Leptospira are shed from infected animals in urine, and dogs can come into contact with the bacteria by walking or swimming in areas where infected animals have urinated. Leptospira can enter through damaged skin as well as the mouth lining. In the UK most infection is transmitted via rat or fox urine. Local cases of the disease have been reported and we believe that dogs entering the stagnant water in the Lake and ponds in Eastfield Park are at risk because of the large rat population.
Protect your animals by keeping them out of stagnant water!
More about leptospirosis can be found at the following sites:

The human form of the disease is also known as Weil's disease.

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