The FT on the value of urban parks

Interesting article in last Saturday’s Financial Times:

How to save parks and other urban green spaces

As it says:

while urban parks lubricate property prices and local business, they struggle to make a penny for their own futures.

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The Old Pond after Storm Imogen

After last night’s storm, it doesn’t look as if the old pond, whose liner has been punctured by dogs, actually needs replacing

Pond after Imogen

(But of course it does!)

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Looking ahead to 2016

Yes – still here, as is the Green, of course, and these male hazel catkins*.  And looking forward to our AGM at Forest Hill Pools, Saturday 13th, 11.00.

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Meanwhile we are working on a vision for 2016, to be shared with Friends and neighbours.

* and the less showy female flowers too, whence will develop some hazel nuts.


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Bio-Diversity in our Brambles and Nettles


Dear Friends, here are some of the creatures that dwell in our many nettle and bramble patches. Leaf beetles, Jersey  Tiger Moth, Large Skipper and gatekeeper butterflies are a few that depend on the blossom and leaf cover. Birds and humans share the blackberries.


Jersey Tiger Moth above.

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Art Installations on Albion Millennium Green


Above: Nest by Nathalie Hauwelle and Participants including Holy Trinity School at Little Ecological Arts Festival (LEAF), May 2013. Click here for a video showing the construction of the nest. The photo above also shows the amazing path restoration begun at the festival and continued by Richard. Click here for a 6 min video showing the LEAF event that began the path restoration: “Where Do We Go From Here?”


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Above: Labyrinth by Maria Strutz and participants at LEAF. The installation bears witness to its own use as footprints suppress weed and moss growth emphasising the edges of the pathway. Click here for a video showing the construction of this walkable sculpture. Below, Labyrinth and Chapunga Bird (2013) by Maria Strutz

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Above: Labyrinth from the ground and from the airmaria strutz labyrinth and sculpture


Above and Below: Cameron, (our lawn mower chief) adds to an improvised installation

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Above: According to my 16 year-old stepson, “SWAG” means “Very Good” so I though we should keep it on the notice board by the railway for the time being.


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Spring Bloom on Albion Millennium Green

Cowslip, Hawthorn and Lilac, Primrose, English Bluebells, Pear Blossom,






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Work Day on Albion Millennium Green 9th May 2015

Seven volunteers dug out some blackberry and lined more pathway with logs, hoping to encourage stag beetles. Thanks to all who helped. The next work day is on Saturday 13th June.

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Caring for the Green, April 2015

Just some photo I took following our volunteers day this month, showing both how lovely the green is looking with the primroses coming out

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but also the hard work which needs doing, digging out brambles

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clearing litter

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and removing the remains of the fencing from the old tennis club


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AGM tomorrow

Members and supporters have been emailed, and this notice has been posted locally


so let’s have here a quick reminder about tomorrow’s meeting, 11.00am at the Forest Hill Pools


1. Minutes of 3rd AGM February 2014

2. Matters arising

3. Welcome and guests: Councillor Susan Wise, Lewisham

Chair’s Report: Bruno Roubicek: summary of the year’s activities

4. Environment & Landscape Report: Fran Rowe

5. Secretary’s Report: Ann Field

6. Treasurer’s Report: Tim Lund

7. Election of Committee

8. Any other business

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Friends join Trustees of Albion Millennium Green

Thank you to our friends and supporters who came to the AGM of the Albion Millennium Green Trust – the registered charity which legally owns our Green.  Here are the new Trustees, from left to right:

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Fran Rowe (FoAMG Environment & Conservation), Steve Grindlay (local historian & original Trustee), Tim Lund (FoAMG Treasurer), Bruno Roubicek (FoAMG Chair), Cllr Susan Wise (LB Lewisham), Quetta Kaye (Forest Hill Society), Ann Field (FoAMG Secretary), Judith Standing (Holy Trinity School Head teacher)

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