October 2016 ....

Volunteers Enhance the Park ….

During October over twenty volunteers helped to improve Eastfield Park. On 5th October a group of thirteen volunteers from Nationwide (Fig 1) cleared pathways in the area surrounding the ponds (Figs 2 & 3), renovated and replanted about one-third of the Crescent Rock Garden (Figs 4 & 5) and created habitats for wildlife, including a ‘hibernaculum’ (Fig 6) and a log wall (Fig 7). On 15th October, eleven volunteers from the local community carried out projects as part of the FoEP’s ‘Autumn Enhancement of the Park’. Some of them extended, improved and added more plants to the Eleonore House insect-friendly border (Fig 8) while others collected sixteen bags of litter and other rubbish from the Park and adjoining area (Fig 9). They also cleared some of the scrub shading the Crescent Rock Garden.

N'wide Volunteers

Fig 1

Path clearing - clipped

Fig 2

Path clearing - clipped 2

Fig 3

Work on CRG

Fig 4

Work on CRG 2

Fig 5


Fig 6

Log wall

Fig 7

The insect-friendly border in October

Fig 9


The new plants added to the Eleonore House border during the Enhancement have been donated by Lloyds Bank. Volunteers from Lloyds were to have planted them on 13th October but they had had to postpone their visit to 10th November when they will now be carrying out other projects including more work on the Crescent Rock Garden.

Also during October, Christopher Freeman started work on the huge task of clearing scrub and weed trees from the area between the Lake and the ‘Eastfield Monster’. This is designed to ‘open up’ the area making the path by the Lake more visible and, hopefully, reducing anti-social activity in the area. Chris also helped Vic Smith prepare the Eleonore House border for the work done by community volunteers on the 15th.

Other News ....

The FoEP were presented with a Silver Gilt award in 'Northampton in Bloom 2016' and a 'Level 4 - Thriving' award in 'It's Your Neighbour-hood', part of the Royal Horticultural Society's 'Britain in Bloom'. Copies of the awards and judge's notes are reproduced below.

Also during the month, Vic Smith was presented with the Community Award at the Pride in Northamptonshire 2016 ceremony. Vic remark-ed, “Although it's my name on the certificate, this award is really for the Friends of Eastfield Park and all those who help to make the Park a better place!”

Achievements Recognised …

Silver Guilt
N'ton in Bloom Award 2016


IYN - Assessment
N'ton in Bloom - Judging Notes
Community Award Winner

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