These are copies of the Keep Britain Tidy interactive map showing all the National Award w inners. where the non green trees are the Community Green Flag Parks or areas. As you can see we are next to the marker town Southwold with a nice picture we sent of our Park. There are 9 if you go out as far as Milton Keynes and there are none in Norfolk.
You can find this site easily by tapping in Green Flag Award Winners.
The best bit - after Craig carried out a massive fitness test running a loaded wheel barrow of soil up five steep steps and adding masses of soil and improver to the raised bed from Dave at Kings Landscaping Sally, Giles and I spread the soil and then planted bulbs - tete a tete, a red Formium, red and green Heucheras and pink and yellow primulas as well as an evergreen climbing honeysuckle and a passion flower vine. Trellis is still to go up and more planting at the lower level.. But it is a transformation. Huge thanks to all - Another new planting area this sponsored by The Cut Arts Centre. More on the Cut tomorrow.
The Black Alder Alnus glutinosa are native trees and there are several along the river and canal banks in our Park. They can survive periodic flooding because they have a remarkable network of tiny air spaces in special tissues called aerenchyma and special green photosynthesising cells in their trunks that produce oxygen from water and carbon dioxide from their own respiration which is channeled into these air spaces. When trees are under water without this aerenchyma they cannot breathe.
Soon some of these trees will be labelled to help you identify them, but look out for their distinctive catkins and cones and leaves.
What Halesworth Volunteers have achieved for Halesworth Town Park in 2016
Creating a well signposted welcoming space easily accessible and catering for all
Halesworth in Bloom signage at Station, Thoroughfare and Angel Hotel
with town map showing position of Town Park
The Jane Kircher Play Area opened May 2016 costing £42,600 raised by her group GAPPA Grandparents and Parents Play Association, now well used by youngsters, including disabled
Welcoming attractive flowerbeds created by HIB volunteers in 2014 at entrance showcased to Anglia in Bloom Judges & contributing to our Town Gold Awards
HIB Bulb planting of s in wild area behind playground
Halesworth Town Council bought flagpole for Green Flag publically raised October 2016
Old Navigation Canal the New Reach fundraising kayaking trip well publicised, leaflet produced August, successful funding for punt to clear debris etc
Six seats cleaned and repainted along New Reach
Ensuring the Halesworth Town Park is healthy, safe and secure for all users
Waveney Norse litter bin emptying and grass cutting
Local residents’ associations regularly scour Park for litter
As part of Keep Britain Tidy Great British Spring Clean From Litter to Glitter started January17 with 27 people at launch with press coverage. Led to regular weekly litterpick in the park.
Working in ways that are sustainable in the present environment and financial constraints
Volunteers use recycled tools
Compost made locally or in our compost heaps around the town for all flower beds. New compost bins created in Town Park from recycled pallets
Drought-friendly plants have been planted and self-sown seedlings ensure lovely summer displays
Well-rotted horse manure was donated to our entrance beds in November
Ensuring publicity and marketing encourage locals and visitors to know about and use the Town Park
Regular monthly bulletins and daily blogs on website www.halesworthinbloom.com, Twitter feed and Facebook page
Regular features in Beccles and Bungay Journal for Management Plan launch, Green Flag arrival, raising of Green Flag and ‘From Litter to Glitter’ campaign linked to The Great British Spring Clean
Regular monthly bulletins and daily blogs on the Halesworth in Bloom website, Twitter feed and Facebook page
Emphasising conservation and local heritage
The New Reach Conservation Group active with guided walks, fundraising, published information leaflet, and successful sponsorship of punt and equipment to clear the waterway
flora and fauna surveys carried out regularly by volunteers and will be used to produce information board
The Halesworth Tree Warden carried out a detailed survey in November of all the Park’s notable trees as preparation for an information leaflet, information board and tree labels
Producing a published Action Plan with updates to deliver our agreed local Vision and these criteria
Published Action plan circulated to Halesworth Council and Waveney andf all local groups available in the Library
Monthly bulletins published in the Community News and on the Halesworth in Bloom website and blog (readership of this nearly 1000)
MONDAY 23rd January 7.30 AM - 9.00 AM THE CUT RAISED BED END OF THE CUT Help spread soil and plant bulbs and polyanthus Dave King, Eric Hurren, Craig and I Do please HELP
WEDNESDAY 25th January 9.00 - 10.00 AM at THE FLAGPOLE PARK FROM LITTER TO GLITTER Bring high viz, gloves and bin bags as well as picks if you have one Bob and Audrey are leaders next week BUT HELP PLEASE
FRIDAY 27th January from 9.00 Station spreading membrane by moveable S platform Karen Austin, Judith, Craig and I but if time we also have to excavate station planters, raise up refill and replant!!!!! HELP PLEASE
THURSDAY 2nd February 2.30 - 4.30 pm Halesworth in Bloom Strategy Meeting
at Magnolia House Stables Station Road All welcome 01986 873354
Agenda Finance; Expenditure projection; Funding Bids, Bicentenary Plans; Special Awards Entry; Working Groups Reports & photo-record Visits AOB
FOLLOWING MONTHS STRATEGY MEETINGS 2.30- 4.30 pm First Thursday PM each Month March 2nd April 6th May 4th June 1st
Continuing all groups in particular Town Park Litter Pick Wednesdays 9. am, Old Cemetery Clearing of snowdrop bank Tuesdays 9.30 am - 11.00 Linda leading
Other Important Dates
Ichmaelian Wed pm 7th June - Wednesday 14th June Halesworth in Bloom with Volunteer Centre Joseph Hooker, Children’s Work, Plant Sale Best Front Gardens promotion of OPEN GARDENS June 4th NOTE CHANGE
We are rescheduling the Date of the OPEN GARDENS Also its the Lions Carnival on the 11th!!!
Could everyone manage June 4th? Its to raise money for Halesworth in Bloom
BICENTENARY JOSEPH DALTON HOOKER
FRIDAY June 30th - 200 years from birth in Hooker House 1817
Private View of Botanical Art inspired by Hooker from Chelsea School of Botanical Art at halesworth Gallery
SATURDAY July 1ST Unveiling at Hooker House and New Trail Guided Walks
SUNDAY July 2nd Special Buffet LUNCH and Illustrated talk on Joseph Hooker by Victoria Mills Kew
Exhibition of Art work on Joseph Hooker from Edgar Sewter School students
Paintings of Local Hooker Plants by Sally Marlow
Thanks to you all for all your help and support
Here is to success in 2017
Station Activity this crisp Friday Morning thanks to Craig and Eric - Notice a difference in the level of the liners and the planters?
This planter was put in upside dow and George had to make a new top for it. Also its legs were sawn off so we put it up on bricks to prevent it rotting and the new breeze block supports were the right level. Also Craig has dug out all the plants and soil to do all this, replaced it all and then I replanted!!!!
A Giant Redwood - a Joseph Hooker favourite will be planted in our Park as part of the Bicentenary Trail by Children from Edgar Sewter School. We hope they will monitor how tall it grows while they are still alive! They must live to 1-2000 years to see i
The Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens - this means “ever living”) naturally grows on the North coast of America along the Pacific Ocean. It is an evergreen, long-lived, monoecious tree living for up to 2,000 years, and is commonly considered the tallest tree in the world, reaching up to 115.5 m
Its reddish brown bark is thick soft and fibrous. The crown is conical, with horizontal to slightly drooping branches. Unlike most conifers, this tree will re-sprout from the remaining stump if cut to the ground.
Coast Redwood reproduces both sexually and asexually. Seed production begins at 10-15 years of age, and large seed crops occur frequently, but viability of the seed is low, typically below 20%.
The thick, tannin-rich bark, combined with foliage that starts high above the ground provides good protection from both fire and insect damage, contributing to the Coast Redwood's longevity.
Today Giles, Jen, Monica, Sally and I braved the frost which did look stunning and set out round the Park and along Saxons Way in the waste scrub the other side of the fence which Sally and Monica leapt over!!! The worst area in the Park was the skateboard area and some litter could not be reached. But it is manageable and some good notices to stop litter by children would be a good idea.
Also up for litter picking was Lisa combining it by identifying trees in the park ready for labelling and an information board ands Val who also collected in Norwich Road - HELP - still lots to do up to the Triple Plea.
Our Halesworth Town Park caters for our whole community.
It was created in 1971/2 adjacent to the old Halesworth Navigation Canal and Lock. This was used by 57 ‘ flat-bottomed wherries with distinctive rust-coloured trapezoid sails to carry goods along the Blyth Valley to Southwold Harbour from 1757-1911.
A tributary of the Blyth – the Town River –runs through the park
The grounds are formed from several notable old gardens. providing significant numbers of beautiful mature trees, including beech, ash, willow and London Plane.
These gardens included that of Hooker House, the birthplace of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker – plant collector and explorer and a Director of Kew after his father, another notable Halesworth resident. The bicentenary of Joseph’s birth is being celebrated this year with a Commemorative Trail around the perimeter of the park with planting of trees and shrubs closely associated with Hooker.
The Park is the entrance way to Halesworth’s unique Millennium Green – the largest, at 5 acres, in the country. It is particularly rich in wildlife, including kingfishers, owls, egrets and herons, great spotted woodpeckers, tree creepers, tawny owls, otters, water voles, several species of bats together with adders and slow worms .
Halesworth Town Park Facilities
Pay & display Car Parking, Disabled access, Public toilets
1.5 ha green space, bordered by mature trees
Town River and Halesworth Navigation towpath walks
National Cycle Route 1 passing through providing access to the Millennium Green riverside meadows and countryside beyond
Enclosed toddlers’ play area with new equipment suitable for all.
Teenagers’ skateboard park, Basketball practice area
This the 49th year Diane Howlett has been serving the horse and garden communities.
She is an unassuming highly knowledgeable and very strong person who has been very generous supplying everything from compost to wheelbarrows for the children's Club.
Diane plans to spend time riding and gardening and we wish her every joy in both of those great activities when she closes the doors for the final time at the end of March.
It will be a real loss as our town is so enhanced by such very special independent concerns