The other day, I asked my son what he wanted for his fourth birthday. A magical leaf adventure, he said. Of course there were lots of other things he requested - mainly Lego related – but I like his sentiment. Autumn is the perfect time for a magical leaf adventures.
Already the horse chestnut trees are losing their leaves and a bounty of conkers are falling to the pavements, ready to be seized by little fingers. Oak trees are losing acorns and the squirrels are looking busier.
Given that – it seems appropriate that next Wanstead Park Children’s Nature Club will be focusing on trees and their leaves – and the leaf crunching wonderful possibilities they give us in autumn.
It seems a whole world away from our summer Nature club where we found crickets in the long grass on a baking summer day and it will be great to discover how the sesille oak we searched for mini-beasts around is faring the new season. Will we find acorns around it or will the squirrels have beaten us?
The club will be held on Sunday 29th October between 1pm - 2.30pm - and is aimed at children between 2-7 years old. We will meet at the Temple, Wanstead Park at 12.45pm and the cost is £3.50 per child.
There will be an autumnal nature trail and crafts and stories celebrating the season. We hope to see you and your children there!
'TREES IN THE LANDSCAPE'
The exhibition theme is TREES in Wanstead Parklands and also Epping Forest. Not just stand-alone mature trees in all their beauty, but trees as part of the eco system: trees exhibiting the birds, insects and fungi which depend on them, trees in their different seasons, details of tree structure such as bark and leaves, trees and how people interact or use them, and trees as one part of the whole landscape.
Photos should have been taken within the last five years.
Unfortunately pictures taken on a phone cannot be accepted as they do not enlarge well, so please use a camera and take as high quality images as possible.
In future all images submitted will be the property of the Wren Group so that we can use them for publicity and reproduction.
Entries are invited from members of the Wren Group and also the Friends of Wanstead Parklands
Closing date for entries: Tuesday October 31st
Please submit entries to Tony Morrison: email@example.com
The exhibition launch event will be on Sunday 26th November, when we will celebrate our talent with tea and cake at the Temple!
Have you ever walked through the woods in Wanstead Park on a winter's night and heard the haunting cry of the tawny owl ? Have you ever looked behind you as you think you catch a glimpse of the ghost of Catherine Tylney flitting amongst the trees? What is she looking for? Why are there tears running down her pale face?
If you come to the Park on a night near Halllowe'en, when the spirits are out, you just might find out.
On Sunday 29th October a few hardy souls will turn up after dark at the Temple for the Ghost Walk in the woods. If they survive this there will be something warm and tasty to sink their teeth into back in the Temple, where Catherine often sat with her children once upon a time... and where better than this atmospheric eighteenth century building to finish off the evening with a really horrible horror film?
Will you be able to find your way out again through the woods afterwards?
If you are aged 18+ you are invited to join in this ghostly extravaganza. Meet at the Temple at 6.00pm and wear something suitably grim.
Ticket numbers are strictly limited by the modest size of the Temple so booking in advance is essential.
Ticket price £20, any profits made towards Park improvements
Catherine would approve.
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If you love Wanstead Park and care about its future, come along to the Friends’ AGM on Wednesday 29 March. All are welcome! Continue reading Friends of Wanstead Parklands Annual General Meeting
On the 23rd April I will be running the London Marathon for Heart UK, a national charity focussed on preventing unnecessary and early deaths caused by high cholesterol.
I am running for Heart UK as sadly Heart disease has had a devastating effect on my family. Both my parents died of heart failure and so to did my brothers Pat, Tony and Eamonn, all in their 40s.
This will be my 7th Marathon and I hope to raise as much as possible for Heart UK. I am looking forward to next April as London is the best supported of all the Marathons.
I hope you can support me in any way you can. Below is my fund raising page if you would like to donate.
The Wren Group is putting on a photo exhibition at The Temple in Wanstead Park in January 2017 to celebrate the area's wildlife diversity/Wanstead 1000.
Please send in your best photographs of any animals, including insects, and plants. 20 will be selected by a panel of Wren committee members. The selected images will be professionally printed, mounted and framed. And, after the exhibition, they will be presented to the photographer.
All submissions should be hi-res files, and should be sent to Tony Morrison at email@example.com
Follow this link to a pdf download of the latest newsletter.
Did you ever fancy being a National Trust volunteer but there's no historic properties nearby to love and cherish? Do you have an interest in history and a knowledge of the heritage Wanstead Park in particular? Now is your chance to help out at the historic property on our doorstep! The Temple in Wanstead Park is a Grade 2 listed building dating from the 1760s and is a survival from the heyday of Wanstead Park. It is open to the public every weekend. This gives visitors the opportunity not only to visit this unique and beautiful building but also to learn about the extraordinary history of the Park. Continue reading A chance to volunteer
Dwight (59) and; Lewis 13 Cycle Cycle Tour around the coast of the UK. 2014 to 2016, over 3 summers: 1st summer:-2650(ish) miles Exeter to Edinbugh in (roughly) 42 days then 2nd summer 2015 600 miles 10 days, Edinburgh to London. 3rd Summer 2016 10 days complete full round uk coastal tour 500 Exeter to London miles (total mileage well over 3000 miles) a Young persons record!
For more and to support Dwight and Lewis follow this link.
THE LAST DANCE?
July 16th 2016 will be the last Music in Wanstead Park. After seventeen years it is time for a change...so come along and enjoy one of East London's only community-based large outdoor events for the last time.
We start an hour earlier at 1pm -just in time for lunch.
You could help make the last Music in Wanstead Park the best one by helping our team of volunteers, eg on the Main Gate or running craft workshops. Friends of Wanstead Parklands will be hosting a stall. New ideas for activities or stalls are always welcome.
The event begins with a bang with the London School of Samba Procession and ends with lively dance band Grooveability. Excellent refreshments will be on sale. Or bring your own picnic- but remember this is a glass-free event!
Tons of excitement : Spider Mountain, Crazy Bikes, Rollapaluza static bike racing, live snakes and ferrets, Mr Alexander's astounding Travelling Show, Kinovan vintage London film etc etc....
2016 ticket prices : a day's fun for £5 for children and £10 for adults ; free for under 4's