Summer comes early to Eastville Park

May 30 2022
Summer comes early to Eastville Park

News from the Friends of Eastville Park

JUNE sees the arrival of summer – but you’d be forgiven for thinking that it had already arrived, as May gave us some glorious sunshine that brought many visitors to the park.

There was certainly plenty to see at the lake, with newly-born swan, geese and ducks venturing out from their nests on the islands and exploring their new world on water and along the pathways.

Aside from the natural threats to young chicks from gulls and larger fish, there is always a risk to their well-being from our own activities, and there have already been many scary moments when they happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The overwhelming majority of cyclists take great care and slow down to give way but a few choose not to and it can lead to injury and death of young chicks.

We hope that we can help to avoid this and have placed some warning signs at the lake to encourage everyone to take care.

The growing season is a couple of weeks earlier this year, and we are already collecting Elderflowers for our Eastville Park cordial.

We’re busy bottle washing at the moment and once it’s labelled up, it will be on sale and helping to raise funds for the park.

The monthly pop-up café at the Nissen Hut is in full swing, and we’ve been blessed with gorgeous weather, great live music and a humongous number of customers at each café.

We love the atmosphere on the day and, despite all the hard work, we all really enjoy seeing everyone and bringing people together.

Our next café on June 19 sees us joining with the Bristol Refugee Festival, celebrating the refugee and asylum seeker community. There’ll be some exciting food from around the world and live music that’ll have you dancing all day!

Our Future Parks proposal to develop a thriving Community Hub has been successful through the assessment stage and we are now looking forward to further discussions with the council in preparation for implementing the programme of changes that we are all so excited about.

We are so grateful for all the support we have received from our members and friends in the local community – we certainly wouldn’t have come this far without your encouragement and kind words. 

As if the troubles of the last couple of years weren’t as awful as they’ve been, it seems certain that more pain is heading our way, with many people already struggling to cope with the cost of living increases that will impact especially hard on lower income households.

We are all familiar with food banks and other initiatives to support those of us facing hard times. The Friends of Eastville Park have been thinking about how we could offer our support to the local community and we are busy working on a plan to run a food club at the Nissen Hut.

We are well placed in our location and have teamed up with FareShare to redistribute surplus food from manufacturers and supermarkets.

The scheme is very successful and makes things just that little bit easier for people who need a little help.

We intend to open Eastville Park Food Club weekly, at the beginning of July, for a trial period and then more often if there is increased demand.

It’s easy to join: members pay an annual membership fee of £1 and receive a bag of groceries worth around £15/£20 for just £3.50.

There is a wide selection of items to choose from each week, too. We will shortly be sharing information about how to join but if you have any questions about the club, please contact us at friendsofeastvillepark@gmail.com.

The Parkie

Picture: Elderflower is blossoming early in Eastville Park