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Phase Two of New Play Area Completed

Phase Two of the New Junior Play Area in Eastfield Park was completed during the last week of March. Three new pieces of equipment have been installed: a 'Non-bump Seesaw' (intended for children between eight and fourteen years old), a 'Rock 'n' Bowl Roundabout' (for ages two to ten) and a '3-way Cockerel' (for ages two to five).  This work completes the play area although the FoEP would still like to see a narrow garden created around the outside of the play area.

The following officers were elected by the new FoEP Committee at its March meeting:  

Mr John Baxter (Treasurer & Minutes Secretary)

Mr Bernard Kelly (Vice-Chair)

Ms Carole Morrison (Secretary)

Dr Vic Smith (Chair)

New Committee Officers

No Easter@Eastfield Fun Day this year

You are reminded that because of the demands of other activities, the FoEP will not be organising an Easter@Eastfield family fun day this year.

Other News ....

March News ....

See-saw Rocking bowl

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3-way chicken

Another successful 'Spring Clean' in the Park

Every year since 2007 the FoEP have organised 'spring cleans' in Eastfield Park, although over the years the activities have varied in extent, scheduling and duration.  This year the event took place on Saturday 4th March, a little earlier than usual, to form part of the national initiative, 'The Great British Spring Clean', organised by Keep Britain Tidy. The activity was split into two, two-hour sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and concentrated simply on litter picking and the removal of larger items of rubbish, particularly from the wooded areas of the Park, often over-looked by the litter pickers contracted by NBC.  In previous years spring cleans have included conservation and other activities such as clearing paths and planting gardens but we now find it more convenient to have planned occasions concentrating on particular endeavours. This makes it easier to have the right equipment available without bringing too much gear that will not be used.  We can also advertise the kind of work we will be doing in advance to make it easier for people to decide whether or not they want to join in.  We still carry out the other activities and anybody who wants to help out with planting and maintaining gardens or cutting back unwanted vegetation should let us know.

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During the two sessions we successfully removed a shopping trolley, a TV stand, a burnt-out motorcycle, a garden hose and reel, a sheet of metal, a traffic cone, a vacuum cleaner, a plastic mop bucket, plaster board, tank insulation, waste piping and 46 bags of assorted litter and other rubbish from the Park. A BIG THANKYOU TO EVERYONE INVOLVED!

Twenty-three people took part in the spring clean (including two younger and two older children). They put in around 58 hours of effort, not including preparation and administation.  The volunteers included a number of friends from Broadmead Baptist Church, a church congregation who have been suporting the FoEP since 2007.  It was also good to have a number of new friends helping out for the first time.

Two set-aside areas have been marked out using grass paint (the kind used to mark out football pitches). One of these overlaps with last years set-aside area but is shorter (north-south) and wider (east-west) that last year (see pictures).  The other area is smaller and towards the centre of the parkland zone.  The FoEP has also purchased a meadow seed mix for sowing the 'artificial' meadow close to the north-facing fence with Eleonore House.  The mix includes 26 native wildflower species and ten species of meadow grass.  The artificial meadow will also be planted with cowslip plugs.

Meadow Areas Marked Out

Set-aside marked out Set-aside markd out - 2

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