Attendees: Monika, Jon, Sue, David, Jim, Stephanie, Nicole, Nina, Laura, Celia
1. The year in review
Laura summarized the previous year as solidifying our position as one of the best Friends groups in Southwark, and in particular
• more new members
• a new website and Twitter
• a new font
• Several events: Sounds of Spring, Dog Show, Scything & Surrey Docks Farm, and working with Home Live Art for the Mash Up Tea Party
• Ernst & Young business volunteers mulching in the orchard
• East St Market – National Market Day with Charlie Chaplin
• won E&C Community Fund teaching grant
• new bench and new wiring courtesy of a Friend and Cleaner Greener Safer, new path and grass courtesy of Southwark Council
• Interpretation boards installed and without any damage
• Ongoing partnership working with LBS Parks – in particular Sharon, Nina and Hemali.
2. Voting in of committee
Laura Kim, Luke Miller and Nicole Beedell stood down as Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Nicole did not stand for re-election, and the new committee was confirmed and seconded as Laura Kim: Chair, David Curtis: Treasurer and Luke Miller: Secretary
Laura noted that all help is welcome and we intend to rotate work duties including chairing meetings, note taking etc from the group.
The committee have requested the addition of David Curtis to the group bank account (The Co-Operative Bank)
3. Update on Tree Protection Orders of mature plane trees by the Crown Pub
The provisional tree protection orders lapsed after six months through an oversight. Oliver Stutter, urban forester with Southwark Council, has promised to re-apply the TPOs and to follow through this time. Luke to liaise with Oliver and Nina at Southwark.
4. Update on education project and funding bids
Sue Amos summarized the Education Project activities with Robert Browning. In general it is yrs 4/5 (8-10yrs) and often children particularly likely to benefit are chosen. Activities include some planting in herb beds, and now sunflowers round corner, but many other environment-related activities. Weather has meant some classes have to be indoors. There are now six after school clubs being run this summer term, dependent on weather, and Friday 7th June is the next one.
There was a recent Lend Lease PR Day (funders of the education project), at which Amanda (deputy at Robert Browning) gave positive feedback on project to Dave. Note that RB have summer fair June 14th.
Dave to follow on with Robert Browning, check group size and communication.
FoNRP feel next year there will be a need for the group to take more responsibility and for the project to focus on environmental engagement, with some gardening only where possible.
Cleaner Greener Safer fund 2013/14: Confirmed that FoNRP have won £11,000 revenue funding for enhanced teaching and play projects in the park. it was agreed that this is a fantastic opportunity for the park and the group to improve our links with the community. It could make sense for the education project to run only in spring and summer terms with 2 schools instead of 1 to improve outreach and in view of the weather.
E&C Fund 2013: confirmed bid for 5 community artwork events submitted in time for deadline (31 May)
5. Spring event prep – 1 June
• Event took place
• Around 50 children attended, below target but worth doing
• Thanks to Friends of the Earth for attending with a stall, to Bee Urban for their excellent hive and information, The May Birds for the music and to Sue Amos for the popular seed bomb activity.
Nina gave an update on the wall near East St which has collapsed. Parks have met with the owners who are keen to rebuild, but activity seems to have stalled.
Dog event – Nina confirmed that the Council Comms team are working on borough-wide education project for dog owners with stalls on busy days at hot spots, with a proposed date of Saturday 6th July for Nursery Row Park. Volunteers are wanted from FoNRP!
The stall will be in market next to the park. The Friends will get information and kits to hand out at event on 4th August.
Neighbours in Brandon St want to plant an ornamental cherry tree in the park quite small and not likely to grow, much more. Jon to confirm details.
Orchard trees – where branches are congested in the guard, either reduce guard or remove lower branches. Celia prefers removing the lower branches, probably best in winter. And Laura to try to get LOP back in to teach in autumn/winter. Keep hedge and trim but check other areas for congestion.
Baby birds were nesting in box on lime tree at end of herb border/round corner, first tree.
Nina reported on the Queen Elizabeth II designation Fields in Trust for Nursery Row Park, which will protect the whole park area. The application has been submitted, and outcome looks positive, but more paperwork is needed. With the designation comes some money: two separate pots of 10k and 20k. Parks are thinking about entrance from Brandon St south of the Crown. Application in on 15th June.
Nina to confirm ASAP with the Friends.
Hedge survey: Celia led hedge survey, with input from Jon. Luke to liaise with Sam at Guinness to pass on information. It will be critically important to measure path to hedge to ensure that there is no land take after the development is complete.
Next FoNRP meeting – Monday 24th June, 7pm midsummer’s day
Next Workday – Saturday 29th June, 10:30am – dig up daffs and move.