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Potters Fields Park

November Newsletter

Welcome to our final quarterly newsletter of 2015, and what a year it has been. There has been a lot of changes over the last year with replacement of trees, planting of bluebell meadows, installation of new high-tech bins and of course the final stages of the park interface with One Tower Bridge. There are many more ideas in the pipeline and we look forward to exciting times ahead.
New park border with One Tower Bridge
We're delighted to announce that the final stages of the park interface with One Tower Bridge are complete and the new back path has been opened up. There is still barrier around the new lawns but we hope to remove these in the coming weeks as the grass beds in.

There are also some brand new cherry trees along the back path and we plan to name this 'cherry tree walk'. The shop fronts to One Tower Bridge are still being finished so it's unlikely we will see any new restaurants or shops for a few months but we will keep you posted.

Bluebell meadow planting

The gardening team have been hard at work planting 10,000 English bluebell bulbs under the silver birch trees behind Fratellis cafe. Children from Tower Bridge and Snowsfields Primary school kindly came down to help with the planting and to learn about gardening and biodiversity.

We are really excited about this new area of landscaping as it will provide another crucial area for biodiversity on the park. It will also look amazing once the bluebells pop up next Spring and we plan to further seed this area to create a native wildflower meadow. If you would like to find out more about the planting or animal and insect life on the park please do get in touch.

Christmas on the park

This year the park will be installing Christmas lighting to some of the existing trees so we would like to invite everyone to join us for a very special Riverside Christmas as we illuminate the river with one big lights 'switch-on'. This will take place on Monday 30th November and see many of the trees across More London and Potters Fields Park lit. There will also be bridge to bridge carolling led by Snowsfields and Tower Bridge Primary Schools.

Monday 30th November
4:30pm: Potters Fields Park – Christmas carols by Snowsfields and Tower Bridge Primary Schools then lighting of the trees
5:30pm: Riverside carol walk from Potters Fields park across Queen Elizabeth Walk to Hay’s Galleria
6pm: Hay’s Galleria – Carols, Christmas tree lighting and festive refreshments

New history section on our website

Over the summer we completed the new history section on our website which is crammed with interesting and bizarre facts about Potters Fields Park and the local area. A lot of research went into finding these stories and we hope to continually expand on this section as we discover even more.
Want to find out why the park is called Potters Fields? What Tower Bridge has in common with a seesaw? Or about hidden rivers and dead pirates? All this and much more can be found in our new history section;
Gardening tips for November
Leaves - we all know what Autumn brings and yes it's that time again to clear up those fallen leaves. If you want to do something useful with them visit here for ideas;

Frost protection - the cold is coming so make sure you protect your outdoor pots from frost. If you can't bring them inside then cover with old blankets, sheets or bubble wrap. You can also put mulch down to help retain heat in the soil

Bulbs - it's time to plant your spring flowering bulbs, especially Tulips. If you would like to grow your own Amaryllis for Christmas these should be planted now as well.

Bird food - give the birds a helping hand by laying out seed or making a home-made bird feeder. Some really useful info can be found on the RSPB website;

Water - either a bird bath or shallow container of water will really help birds as the temperature drops. Remember to regularly change this
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