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Potters Fields Park

May Newsletter

Spring is upon us and the world is starting to feel like a better place. The sun is making the odd appearance and our perennial flower beds on the park are coming into full bloom. Our new bluebell meadow is even better this year and we hope you've had a chance to come and view. There is lots happening on the park over the summer so please do keep looking on our website for updates. 
New beekeeper on the park
Interview with our new beekeeper Dale Gibson from Bermondsey Street Bees
We are pleased to announce that Dale Gibson from Bermondsey Street Bees is now managing our five bee hives on the park. Our honey bees are ‘Apis Mellifera’ and they are vitally important for pollinating the plant species’ on the park and in the surrounding area.  Bees are known to forage up to 2 miles from their hive. A colony of honey bees is a superorganism! All the bees have to work together for the colony to survive and no one bee can survive by itself.

We will soon be installing a bee hive window on the park so visitors will be able to take a look at our bees in action. 
Watch our time-lapse video
Over the last year we have been recording time-lapse videos on the park
Please have a watch of our new time-lapse video showing the seasons on Potters Fields Park. As you can see there are huge changes throughout the year, especially in our Perennial flower beds designed by Piet Oudolf.

Big thanks to Mickey Lee from Media Mixer for the project and to Nigel and the Bridge Lounge Pub for allowing us to install a camera on their building for a year.
The Big Picnic on the park

We hope you'll all be able to join us at our Big Picnic community festival again this year. It is being held on Sunday 18th June from 12pm - 4pm.

The event is a chance for local residents and Londoners to come together and meet their neighbours over shared picnics. It is held on the same day as the nationwide Big Lunch event and is a family-friendly fun packed affair.

This year there will be a stage hosting local busker acts and performers. There will be lots of stalls with food and drinks and workshops from local social enterprises. We will have face painters and henna artists, a Punch & Judy stand as well as Spitafields City Farm who will be bringing friendly animals for people to meet. There will also be a Pimms stall and Cider tent on the front lawn, for people to sit back in deck chairs and enjoy the beautiful view from the park.

More information will be available on our website soon so please keep checking and we hope you all put this in your diary.

Forthcoming events

Feria de Londres festival - Sat 27th & Sun 28th May 
The Feria de Londres festival is free to attend and mixes delicious tapas, Iberian drinks and live entertainment, all inspired by the traditional carnivals of Andalusia.

London Tree Week -  Fri 2nd & Sat 3rd June

The park is hosting the Woodland Trusts interactive 'tree sound boxes' throughout London Tree week and there will be a pop-up event on the Friday and Saturday. This will involve an interactive Yurt on the lawns where you can immerse yourselves in a natural British Woodland experience.

Pop-up tennis court event - Weds 14th June

There will be a pop-up tennis event on the park to launch a luxury brand. A court will be placed on the back lawn which will have some interesting show pieces.

The Big Picnic festival - Sun 18th June

This annual community festival is organised by the Trust in conjunction with Shad Thames Residents Association and Fair Community Housing Services. This family-friendly fun packed day is not to be missed.

Yoga Summer Solstice - Weds 21st June

Free event organised by the Hot Yoga Society to celebrate International Yoga day. This local organisation will be offering free classes on the day, starting from 6pm. To take part please contact them direct.

Indonesian festival - Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd July
The park will host the Indonesian cultural festival again this July. As last year, there will be lots of cultural activities and food stalls to enjoy.

Gardening tips for May 2017
  • Plant up and put out hanging baskets and bedding plants
  • Deadhead flower stems and remove yellow and withered leaves from bulbs( ie. Daffs&Tulips)
  • Water pots regularly, spring rain seems to have gone AWOL 
  • Aphids are now out and about remove from infected plants by spraying with soapy water. Repeat as needed
  • Weed and hoe in established shrub and perennial beds
  • Feed shrub and perennial beds once weeded
  • Deadhead and prune flowered shrubs
  • If you have herbs such as Thyme or Mint in pots and they are overgrown or scraggly, now is a good time to divide and re-pot them. Then you will have 2 plants
  • Water regularly and liquid fertilize house plants
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