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WE'RE THRIVING ... and that's official!

Friends of Eastfield Park picked up two awards in this year's Royal Horticultural Society 'Britain in Bloom' campaign. We achieved a Level 4 Award ('Thriving') for our entry in 'It's Your Neighbourhood' (Level 5 is 'Outstanding') and a Silver Award for our entry into the 'Best Community Project' in 'Northampton in Bloom 2012'.

It's worth pointing out that the campaign is not a competition. It's not like the Olympics where you can only have one gold medallist, one silver and one bronze (apart from team entries, of course). It's more like the Chelsea Flower Show (as one might expect, since both are organised by the RHS) where everybody who reaches a certain standard can win gold. Hence jokes about Northampton coming second in a one horse race, though funny, were not really apposite - Northampton received an award appropriate for its entry. If you think Northampton got an easy ride, then read the judges report - there are both commendations and criticisms regarding Northampton's entry. The judges reports can be downloaded as pdf files from:

There's other good news too! We are expecting a recently appointed Park Ranger to start work early in the new year. The Ranger will cover a number of parks including Eastfield. We hope to include more information about this in our December News.

Our autumn period of intense litter-picking in the area has now ended. During October and November we had groups working every six days. Twenty-eight people joined in at some stage during the period (although most of these only took part in our main autumn 'tidy-up' of the park mentioned in the October News). Over 50 bags of litter have been collected in over 100 hours of community effort.

Puzzled about this month's banner picture? It's something we have been working on for our sister website that will deal with the the park itself - its physical character, history, wildlife, etc. We had hoped to get that site up and running some months ago but our other activities have prevented us from doing so. We do hope to have it operational before too long and some version of the above picture (showing the geology of the area) should appear on it. (The park lake is just above and to the left of centre.)

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