Sun 7 Feb Come and plant a fruit tree!

Come and help us plant 23 fruit trees in the park. All welcome. 11- 12 session in the community centre with Paul Richens, community orchard consultant, learning about fruit tree care, then planting together in the park from 12-2pm. Slots still available for groups of friends/families to “adopt” a pair of trees for the new two years. Get in touch! Come along!


Extra planting session 16 May now postponed

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On 18 April we made a start on our new Willow Garden, with tasters of what can be created using live willow. And we planted a new Willow tree, the first in a series of remembering Betty Pearce.  All welcome to our next planting event which will now be on Sun 7 June from midday. (Please note planting session on 16 May is postponed). IMG_1264


18 April Friends of Chestnuts Park work session 2pm & AGM 5.30pm

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On 29 March about 20 of us took our first steps towards the creation of a new willow garden and orchard. The windy wet weather was ideal for the live willow planting and under the guidance of artist Angie Baker and garden designer Dan Shea a wavy willow screen was planted, and large bed cleared of old and overgrown shrubs ready for the garden redesign and orchard planting. Next sessions are Sat 18 April 2pm and Sun 7 March midday. On 18 April the session will be followed by our AGM 5.30pm – 6.30pm in Chestnuts Community Centre.  All welcome to join us. Drinks and refreshments provided. Watch this space for AGM agenda and papers.


New outdoor gym – coming soon

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Friends of Chestnuts Park looking at the site for the new outdoor gym. Work starts in the next few weeks on installing 9 items of equipment in a triangle at the north east corner of the former pavilion site. (The rest of the site is being sown with grass this week, and the heras fencing will come down in a few months as soon as it’s grown and is sturdy enough to walk on). Come to our events on Sun 29 March midday, Sat 18 April at 2pm and Sun 7 June at midday (Big Lunch event) and help celebrate these improvements and make the new Friends Willow Garden.

Friends of Chestnuts Park Meeting this Sunday 1 March 11am

ALL WELCOME.  WILLOW20140918_085503Meet at 11am under the larger Willow Tree by the tennis courts for walk round to discuss proposed locations for Willow Garden, willow sculptures, memorial fruit trees and bench for Betty, possible orchard, and training/climbing structure. Also thinking about facilities that  will attract girls and young women, as much of the current sports activities in the park mostly only attract young men.2015-02-26 12.10.44 2015-02-26 12.10.50See pics here  for tree house possibility which has been popular with young women elsewhere.  Plus: view progress of the pavilion demolition site and new path now that the hoardings have been partly removed,2015-02-27 12.25.12 Plus:  news about the outdoor gym location (work starts next month), staffing our stall at Chestnuts market on 15 March, proposal for Big Lunch event in June, supporting Dan’s fundraising Marathon run for us in May and news from campaigns against Haringey Council cuts and the Chestnuts People campaign for the Chestnuts Community Centre.  And of course hearing everyone’s views on the park and how it needs to be further improved. Once we’ve completed the walkabout we will move to the upstairs meeting room in Chestnuts Community Centre to complete our discussions, so if you arrive after 11am and can’t find us, we’ll be in the Centre.  


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