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Potters Fields Park

May 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to our second quarterly newsletter of 2016. The recent spells of beautiful sunshine and heavy rain have brought the park out into full bloom and we look forward to seeing the 'Piet Oudolf' gardens coming to life. We have lots of exciting plans on the park for the summer and hope you will all be able to visit and enjoy a sunny afternoon by the Thames.
Blooming marvellous blue bells
To our surprise the 10,000 English bluebells we planted in October have flowered in their first year. These have been a great addition to the diversity of planting on the park and also given an additional habitat for wildlife. We plan to sow wildflower seeds into this area over the next few months which will provide a great food source for our bees and other insects.
Forthcoming events
Indonesian Festival; Sat 28th - Sun 29th May
11am - 9pm daily

The largest-ever Indonesian happening in London presents the best of the country's vibrant cultural diversity during the May Bank holiday. The two day event is packed with free quality programmes showcasing a parade of electrifying colours from award winning designers, culinary finesse and world class music.

Royal Big Lunch festival; Sun 12th June
The Royal Big Lunch is a community festival that will be held on Potters Fields Park and St John’s Churchyard on Sunday 12th June. More info can be found further down the newsletter.

Chinese Food festival; Fri 19th - Sun 21st Aug
The festival will provide a three-day foodie wonderland of Chinese food and drinks. With over 20 Chinese restaurants and stalls, each will serve their finest dishes and beverages for the ultimate alfresco feast.  Quality is understood in terms of taste and authenticity, and integrity extends to environment and social responsibility. In addition, there will also be various professional chefs with years of experience providing live demonstrations to amuse and amaze. Creative cooking workshops and traditional Chinese performances will also be there on the day -
Enterprise week
During this year's 'Enterprise week', pupils from Snowsfields Primary and Tower Bridge Primary schools visited the park to learn about becoming a gardener or Park manager. This was a great way to teach the children about the importance of London parks and why we must work hard to maintain them for the community and future generations. The pupils also got to help out with some gardening jobs to see what our team on site really do.
Royal Big Lunch Festival
The Royal Big Lunch is a community festival that will be held on Potters Fields Park and St John’s Churchyard on Sunday 12th June. It is being organised by Potters Fields Park Trust in conjunction with Shad Thames Residents Association and Fair Community Housing Services.

It is primarily a community event where local residents can come together for a lunch on the park by Tower Bridge. There will lots of entertainment on the day with fun activities for both kids and parents (including Vauxhall City Farm, face painting, Punch & Judy, Maypole dancing, music on the bandstand and Pimms stall). There will also be a local trader market.

There is a private area on Potters Fields Park for local residents to enjoy a picnic together. Residents of Shad Thames should contact and residents of Fair Community Housing should contact to arrange your ticket.
Gardening tips for May
  • Plant out summer bedding
  • Watch out for pests such as slugs, snails and lily beetles, useful countermeasures are
    • Beer traps
    • Copper tape/rings
    • Slug pellets
    • Create a spiky surface
  • Keep your pots watered
  • Plant celery seeds
  • Trim hedges
  • Earth up potatoes
  • Plant cut and come again salad leaves in a window box
  • Plant radishes in window boxes or larger plant pots
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