October 2013 ....




The 2013 Eastfield Park ‘Autumn Tidy-up’ took place on 12th October, between 10.00am and 4.00pm. Twenty-nine people (18 adults and 11 children and teenagers) took part in the work, each contributing between 1½ and 7 hours of labour. An estimated 67 hours of effort was put into work within the Park itself (52 from adults and 15 by children and teenagers). This figure includes time serving (and consuming) refreshments but none of the administrative or practical work preparing for the event such as planning, publicity, providing instructions and tools, organising and preparing refreshments, travel to the site, etc. The volunteers included members of the FoEP, friends from Broadmead Baptist Church, Headlands Children’s Centre and Northampton Leisure Trust, other local residents and Park Ranger, Jason Toyne. A free hot lunch and hot and cold drinks were provided for volunteers. The lunch (baked potatoes, chilli, beans & grated cheese followed by a choice of cake) was prepared by Jo Troop (Broadmead Baptist Church) from ingredients paid for by the FoEP.

Friends of Eastfield Park have decided to organise a number of short 'one-off' events during November, 2013, aimed at making the Park cleaner and tidier. Each event will concentrate of one particular activity as follows:

Litter Picking:

Fridays 1st, 15th & 29th November (9.30-11.00am). Meet Vic Smith at the Greenfield Avenue entrance to the Park and work anywhere within the Park (or surrounding area if preferred). Litter pickers, gloves, black sacks, etc. provided.

Rock garden before work started fix
Work in progress
Rock garden after weeding fix
Collected rubbish 2

Tidying up the areas in and around the ponds:

Wednesdays 13th & 27th Nov. (10.00am-12noon) and Saturday 23rd (1.30-3.30pm). Meet Vic near the dipping platform on the top pond. Equipment provided but wear suitable old clothes.

Crescent Rock Garden:

Before Work Started

Crescent Rock Garden:

During Work

Crescent Rock Garden:

After Weeding

Rubbish Collected

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The work during the Tidy-up concentrated on litter removal, further improvements to the Crescent Rock Garden and planting daffodil bulbs. Twenty-three bags of litter and other rubbish were removed from the Park including a shopping trolley that had been dumped in the lake. The Rock Garden, located to the south-west of the bottom pond, had been largely restored during 2011 and formed a major part of our 2012 submission to the RHS ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ event (for which we received a Level 4 (‘Thriving’) award from the RHS / East Midlands in Bloom). However, since then, the garden had been largely neglected and had again become overgrown with weeds (though the restored landscaping was still intact). The work on the rockery during the Tidy-up included removal of weeds and planting with home-grown cyclamen, wood anemones and a few extra primroses. Well over 100 daffodil bulbs were planted among the trees on the north side of the lake.

The work will still take place if there is light rain but will be cancelled if there is heavy rain or strong winds (H&S concerns!)

Phone Vic Smith on 07910161275 for confirmation on day.


We are pleased to report that the vegetation encroaching on the gravel paths near the play area on the Lakeview side of the Park has been cut back by NBC/Enterprise. This will enable the FoEP to concentrate on work on other areas of the Park as described elsewhere on this page.


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