Stop Press re Dan Shea running the Marathon for Friends of Chestnuts Park!

Stop Press as of 24.04.15. Dan’s had to pull out of the London Marathon this year due to a knee injury. He’s trying to negotiate a place in next year’s Marathon, which is usually allowed in circumstances of injury. We are contacting all existing donors as soon as possible to offer them a refund if they’d like, or to ask if they’d like to donate anyway, or hold over the donation to the following year. If you haven’t heard from us, please email us and we’ll get back to you. We’re all just so sorry for Dan who’s been training so hard for months!

Friends of Chestnuts Park member and landscape gardener Dan Shea is running the London Marathon in May for Friends of Chestnuts Park to raise money for a new Friends Willow Garden, orchard and wildlife area. See below for pics of the Willow Tree at present and an early design for the new Friends Willow Garden

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Any donation large or small will really help improve the park and take us a big step closer to achieving a community wildlife garden area around the Willow Tree. This will involve and benefit all ages and provide the park with an abundance of flowers and biodiversity. See below for pics of Dan at work, including two of the flagpole bed in Chestnuts Park. Haringey Council has offered to match whatever he raises, so this doubles the amount you donate. To sponsor Dan please click on the Donate button and send us a message.

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Pavilion Demolition progress

Nearly there! The demolition of the derelict pavilion was completed last week. All that remains is to clear the site, then landscape, lay the new diagonal path, remove the hoardings and sow the grass seed. We’re all looking forwards to the new open views across the park. Watch this space! Here are some pics from the demolition process. This demolition and creation of new open space has been part of our aspirations for many years, and it’s exciting to get there. Fundraising is continuing for a new Willow Garden and outdoor gym, to be installed near the former pavilion site.






2pm 18 October 2014 Big Draw event

Do you love drawing? Hate drawing/think you can’t draw? Then this event is for you. “Share our World” Sat 18 Oct 2-5pm. In the new marquee we now own, which we’ll pitch near the cafe. Come early and you can help us put up the marquee!


Saturday 7 June 2-3pm Next Meeting

Saturday 7th June 2-3pm Chestnuts Cafe! Come to our next meeting, followed by session painting the kick rails round the newly planted flagpole bed

Drawing by Giles Leaman, local artist

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Why did the chicken cross the road?

To get into Chestnuts Park of course! Work is now due to end on the new pedestrian crossing around 24 April. Come and celebrate the new crossing at 10am on Saturday 26 April. Not got your chicken costumes ready? Never mind, just bring yourselves, balloons, ribbons to cut and musical instruments to play to celebrate the successful outcome of over ten years of campaigning. Then afterwards join us at our family planting event in the park!


Saturday 26 April Community Planting Event


Join us from 10.30am – 12.30pm to transform the flagpole flowerbed at the Black Boy Lane entrance to the park from the sad appearance above to the lovely sustainable bed of grasses in the pic below!


Working with award winning, local garden designer Dan, we will prepare and plant sustainable perennials including beautiful grasses as per this picture.

Meet in the cafe at 10.30am

Tools provided, children welcome! We also have loads of wildflower seeds to plant in the wildflower meadow.

Next Friends meeting Sat 22 Feb

Saturday 22 February


Chestnuts cafe

All welcome. Discussions to include looking at proposals for a planting project on the circular bed around the flagpole, and updates on the Blackboy Lane crossing consultation and pavilion demolition plans

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