Sunday, 29 November 2015

A new hazel copse for the Field



Yesterday a small team of 4 and a half volunteers braved the dreary weather and set about planting a hazel copse and clearing a small spinney of old plastic rabbit guards.

The copse has been planted in honour of the local Royal British Legion.  It is located just downhill of the BMX track, and should grow into a lovely little habitat for local wildlife.  Watch out for dormice!

The rabbit guards were used by BDBC to protect young hazel, dogwood and dog rose when they were first planted about 10 years ago.  Unfortunately, being plastic, they have not biodegraded and in a lot of cases are both unsightly and cut into the trees' bark.

There are probably hundreds of rabbit guards on the Field, all of which need to be removed.  If you think you might  have some time to help (our motto is 'little and often') then let us know (via the Town Hall) and we will inform you when the next working party is happening.  Tea and coffee provided.



Strange fruit


Who wants pictures of flowers and apples when you can have a picture of somebody's (enormous) dog mess in a plastic bag flung into a tree?

Nice one.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Climate change: does it fill you with fear, or do you think its all bunkum? Or does the subject simply bore you?

This is a beautifully shot and powerful film which aims to disentangle myth from fact and leave the viewer with a sense of empowerment.  And if you are still not convinced, there's a chance to air your views in a discussion afterwards.
 
All are welcome and entry is free.
 

The field is looking particularly beautiful this frosty morning!

If anyone would like to join us this Saturday afternoon (28 November 1.30pm), then the Friends could do with some help clearing up old rabbit guards in the spinneys and copses. 

Thick, warm clothes (inc gloves and hats), stanley knives and/or secateurs and/or heavy duty scissors required.

Meet by the Daniel Road entrance.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Plan showing dedicated fruit and nut tree locations

QEII DANIEL PARK
ORCHARD DEDICATIONS
JANUARY 2015

Tree no. (plan)
Dedication
Tree type
1
Misty Lea 
Red Falstaff
2
Albert (Jim) Boxall
Dunkerton Late
3
Clarice & Bill Pearson
Arthur Turner
4
Rosie Meryl Carter
Blenheim Orange
5
Ethel and Roy Piper
Grenadier
6
Jackie Aylett
Red Falstaff
7
John George Byers and Iris Whitehead Byers
Red Falstaff
8
George, Fanny and Roy Day
Dunkerton Late
9
Bernard & Nancy Seabrooke
Arthur Turner
10
Violet Liddell née Cook

Blenheim Orange
11
Alexandra van Rensburg
Grenadier
12
Dennis and Victoria Wells
Chivers Delight
13
John Walters 
Charles Ross
14
Elliot Jacques
Dunkerton Late
15
Phil Rampton
James Grieve
16
Nina Mehova 
Blenheim Orange
17
Little Miss Read
James Grieve
18
Eric, Daisy and Jess
Chivers Delight
19
Tony & James Taylor and Winston
Charles Ross
20
Ellen and Daniel
Grenadier
21
Daisy & Neil McDonald and Connie & David Jago
James Grieve
22
Alexandra Penny and Elisabeth Alice 
Bountiful
23
Peter Williams
All Doer
24
David William Gould
Chivers Delight
25
Nicholas Paul Coles
All Doer
26
George. M.J.A.J. Jacobs
All Doer
27
Cai and Seb and their dad
Arthur Turner
28
Jill (Birks) Rampton
Bountiful
29
Whitchurch C of E Primary School, and in particular, Sarah Peters
Sunset
30
Anna and Esther Jay
Charles Ross
31
For my Papa...Your daughter Johanna
Bountiful
32
Sheila Kemp
Sunset
33
Bert E W Treble
Sunset

Nearest orchard
2nd Whitchurch Brownies
Walnut
North boundary near bench
Whitchurch Rambling Club
Walnut
North side of BMX track
The Friends of QEII Daniel Park
Walnut



Seen something you don't like?

Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council now have an online facility for reporting problems:

"Residents spotting litter, fly-tipping, graffiti, dog fouling, overflowing litter bins or broken glass can now let the council know exactly where they are on a map and upload a photo, thanks to a new feature on the website.  The ‘report it’ section has been upgraded allowing the teams to get out to clean up even quicker.  Abandoned vehicles, noise nuisance, overflowing recycling banks and dead animals can also be reported this way."


Saturday, 31 October 2015

Rules of the Friends of QEII Daniel Park


Friends of Queen Elizabeth II Daniel Park

 
Objects

TO CONSULT OTHER USERS OF THE FIELD FORMALLY KNOWN AS “QUEEN ELIZABETH II DANIEL PARK” WHITCHURCH (HAMPSHIRE) AND ADVISE BASINGSTOKE & DEANE BOROUGH COUNCIL (the “Council”) ON THE MAINTENANCE, REPAIR, PRESERVATION, BEAUTIFICATION AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE FIELD FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PUBLIC.

Powers
The Friends shall have no obligations to the Council and no powers other than to represent the best interests of the users of the Field and seek to influence their partner organisations accordingly.

Partners
In pursuit of these Objects, the Friends will collaborate with the Council, Whitchurch Town Council, Fields in Trust and any other body or group whose contribution can further the Objects of the Friends.

Meetings
The Friends shall hold an Annual General Meeting in each year which will be open to all.  At the AGM a Chair and Secretary shall be elected by a simple majority of those present and voting. 

A core group of volunteers will be nominated to conduct the business of the Friends between AGMs.  There shall be no maximum number of members of the core group, which shall meet no less than four times in a year, to include the AGM, on dates to be agreed.  The quorum for a meeting of the group shall be four core members including either the Chair or the Secretary.

Formally adopted September 2015

 

Dogs at QEII Daniel Park

Whilst the vast majority of dog owners exercise their dogs responsibly, there are still complaints from time to time about dog fouling and aggressive dogs at the Park.
  • Please put your dog’s mess in a bin. For obvious reasons, dog mess left lying around (in or out of a bag) causes problems for walkers, children, wheelchair and pushchair users and those cutting the grass.
  • If you cannot properly control your dog around people or other dogs, please keep it on a lead.
  • Please keep your dogs out of the BMX track and skatepark.

Dog Fouling
If you can identify an offender (by name and/or address), complaints can be made to the Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council Community Safety Patrol Team (cspo@basingstoke.gov.uk / 01256 844844). All reports will be treated in strictest confidence. Community Safety Patrol Officers have authority to visit offenders at home and issue a formal warning and/or fine (up to £50 for first offence; up to £1,000 for non-payment or repeat offences). Officers will also respond to a request to patrol the Field at a time when offenders are known to use the area.

Aggressive Dogs
Under Section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, it is now a criminal offence for the person in charge of a dog to allow it to be “dangerously out of control” in a public place. A dog doesn’t have to bite to be deemed dangerous in the eyes of the law. Generally, if a dog bites a person, it will be presumed to have been “dangerously out of control”, however even if the dog does not bite, but gives someone grounds to feel that the dog may injure them, the law still applies. For more information, see www.gov.uk/control-dog-public. In the event of a serious dog attack, please report directly to the Police on 101. Standard advice is not to approach the dog or owner if they remain aggressive.

Thank you for your co-operation.

“Keep it clean; keep it green – please be responsible”

Friday, 30 October 2015

A Management Plan for QEII Daniel Park

The Friends of QEII Daniel Park are delighted to announce that the Management Plan for the Park has now been finalised.  This will set out BDBC's and the Friend's vision for the field over the next 10 years, setting out what flora, fauna and amenities currently exist and how they will be protected and enhanced for the future.

A copy can be viewed here, at the Town Hall or at the library.  
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Community Apple Orchard update July 2015

JULY 2015

Back in January on a crisp frosty fun day, the Friends of QEII Daniel Park, volunteers and residents planted 35 apple trees with the help of locally based A&M Hardy Contractors. Having survived the winter months, the trees then produced a wonderful display of apple blossom which was a joy to behold along with an abundance of cowslips in the adjoining meadow.

The trees are now in full leaf and continuing to thrive which is good. However, so are the weeds around the base of the trees, which is not so good. But, thanks to the dedication of Friends and volunteers, especially Brian Rampton for his continuing help, the orchard is being kept tidy and weed free for all to enjoy.

We have been asked who will manage the orchard. The grass cutting is carried out by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council as they manage the Field. Friends, however, are responsible for the management of the orchard so do contact us if you have any queries about the apple trees.

A draft Landscape Management Plan for the whole site  is currently being drawn up between Friends and  Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, which sets out the detailed maintenance objectives and requirements. The final version will hopefully be agreed in the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, it is the trees’ first year of growth as a community orchard so they need all the help they can get for successful establishment, especially during hot, dry spells in the summer months. Arrangements for watering is important as there is no water source on site. The Fire Service have kindly volunteered to water the orchard whenever possible, which should be quite a spectacle and we are assured it will be carried out gently! However, as other options also need to be considered, we would be pleased to hear from anyone who is willing to water trees as and when during dry periods.

Visitors to the orchard will have noticed that some but not all of the young trees are already bearing fruit, depending on the variety. We are all keen to pick our first apples but, to further assist establishment of the trees, it is advisable to remove these fruits as soon as possible, at least in the first year or two of growth. That said, we have let one or two fruits develop as this can be useful to check that we have the right cultivars as mistakes can sometimes happen. Friends will be removing fruits so do not be alarmed if all the young apples have disappeared by the time you read this. It is for the right reasons and a bountiful harvest will soon be with us!

Please contact us on 07979 908004 if you would like to find out more or help with ongoing management of the QEII Field and community orchard.