News From The Patch

Patch News Update supplied by the Friends of William Clarke Park

 WINTER 2011
from Friends of William Clarke Park
Activity & Wildlife Day

Sunday 5th February 1.00 – 4.00pm : Come and join in some practical tasks to prepare the Patch for the year ahead. Our Wildlife Group will be clearing the pond, planting wild flower seeds, tidying shrub beds and making bird boxes – ALL WELCOME We will also be moving the remaining railway sleepers and fixing them into position around the tarmac area, now that the new fence is complete. Also a chance for a general tidy up.  Some work will take place in the morning from 10am in case you fancy helping out earlier.  Plus a game of ‘PLACE THE BOX’ at 1pm … a cosultation on where best to locate our proposed 20x8ft storage container for our tools and events kit including a walk around suggest sites.                     There are several options:
a) by the pond near the Elm Grove School fence
b) next to the Picton Street entrance
c) in the lower glade area next to Old Viaduct Court
Wherever the container goes we want to make it as discreet as possible, decorated with paint and plants.
We hope you can join us for all or part of the afternoon.

New Fence : The Veolia Traust has funded a new fence to prevent balls going over into neighbouring Old Viaduct Court flats for older people on Hartington Road.  The barrier will ease tensions which have existed for many years resulting form people going into the grounds to retrieve wayward footballs. Veolia contributed £4,320 toward £4,520 cost. The fence is made from netting and is designed to be unobtrusive on the eye and quiet when struck by a ball.

Love Your Patch  – Fence opening event + games galore!

Tue 14 Feb Noon – 3pm

An opening event will take place on Valentine’s Day as part of a ‘Love Your Patch!’ games day supported by Groundwork and their Cadbury Spots v Stripes games programme. Rounds  of  volley ball. basket ball and football will test out the effectiveness of the partition

Transforming our Patch

Britvic has awarded £5,000 to support restoration of the grass across the Patch as part of a national programme called, appropriately enough, ‘Transform Your Patch’.  
The plan will involve rotorvating 1,000 square metres, importing dozens of tons of topsoil and then leveling and turfing.  
We hope to have the work completed in good time for the summer and especially for school  sports days in this Olympic year. Three schools use the patch – Elm Grove, St Martin’s and  Fairlight – with a total of 1,000 children. The quality of the grass has deteriorated over many years becoming patchy, rocky and uneven, posing a risk as well as a bit of an eyesore. We will announce further details soon and hope that volunteers as well as  will be able to help out.
The  Council’s City Parks team and the charity Groundwork will also suppoirt the work.
PatchFest 2012 + Spring in the Patch Planning Meeting Thursday 23rd February 7.30pm  at The Pub With No Name, Southover St (tbc)
Help us make our 8th PatchFest community festival (on Sat 7th July, 1-9pm) be as fantastic as ever.  We need to divi up a load of tasks and agree what ingredients we want mixed into this year’s event.
We also need to make plans for Spring in the Patch on Sunday 15th April (yes Marathon day – we know), 1-5pm
All welcome

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