November 2014 ....

A MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR EASTFIELD PARK

The first objective of the recently formed Eastfield Park Management Committee is 'to produce, maintain and oversee the implementation of a Park Management Plan'. The general format of the Plan has already been agreed and a draft will be produced over the winter months.

The Management Plan will contain one section describing the Park, another section presenting Northampton Borough Council's policy towards parks in general and Eastfield Park in particular, and a third section discussing the long-term management of the Park (including long-term aims and objectives). An Appendix will contain an Action Plan for the Park during the 2015/16 financial year. The Management Committee will revise the Action Plan on a rolling basis and will produce a new one for each financial year.

The intention is that a draft plan will be approved by the Management Committee early in February, 2015. The main content of the plan will then be presented to the community in a public lecture preceding the FoEP AGM at Broadmead Baptist Church on 16th February. This will be followed by a one month period during which local residents will be invited to comment on the draft. We hope that as many people as possible will attend the public meeting and take part in the consultation.

The final draft of Management Plan will be published in early April and will specifically mention any issues that are shown to be particularly controversial during the consultation period.

As well as officers and elected councillors from Northampton Borough Council, the Management Committee responsible for producing the plan includes represent-atives from the Friends of Eastfield Park, local Residents Associations and other park users. It is hoped to extend the membership of the Committee to include a greater number of representatives in the near future.

VANDALS STRIKE AGAIN!

Damaged Bench in Lake
2014-11-21 Tipped over litter bin near lake

Eastfield Park has suffered some particuarly serious vandalism during the month. The seat near the new path by the Lake has been badly damaged and dumped in the water while the adjacent litter bin was tipped over. The bin has now been righted but the seat is still in the Lake. If you know who did this please let the appropriate authorities know. (You can send an anonymous message through the 'contact us' page on this website if you prefer.)

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OTHER NEWS ...

Students planting daffodils in November reduced

During November, students from Northamp-ton College planted between forty and fifty daffodil bulbs in the Eleonore House Border. Vic Smith planted 50 daffodil bulbs alongside the ramp into the Park from the Booth Lane entrance and another 43 on the mound near the north end of Apple Tree Walk. Another 18 rockery Narcissi were planted at the top of the Crescent Rock Garden and 80 crocus bulbs on the rockery slopes. Including the tidy-up in October, over 325 bulbs have been planted in the Park this autumn.

On 29th November Vic and Ben Crawford spent time tidying up the back of the Crescent Rock Garden. They used the dead branches and brambles to strengthen the 'dead hedge' designed to protect the culvert near the top pond from further damage. They also added some living brambles to the hedge to make it more resistant to damage. (More photos on Facebook.)

Ben clearing dead branches from the back of the Cr

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