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To hear the birds sing come and visit Wormholt Park

July 26, 2014

Sarah Woodside:

To hear the birds sing come and visit Wormholt Park

A guest post from Sarah Woodside of Friends of Wormholt Park

wormholt1Wormholt Park is a small Edwardian Park located between the Uxbridge Road and the A40 in the northwest of Shepherd’s Bush – even some of the locals don’t know of its existence but it is a much needed green space in what is becoming an increasingly built-up part of West London. The many residents who do use it include myriad dog walkers, families, the elderly and groups of friends who gather for picnics on the grass.

In its heyday the park had a bowling green, fountains, herbaceous beds and a  secluded quiet garden but over the years it has become rather run down.

What it still has, however, are two free tennis courts and some spectacular mature trees – oak, poplar, plane and conifers amongst the others – plus a large variety of mixed, flowering shrubs and open areas of lawn.

In this recent hot weather, the shade from the trees has provided welcome relief for many residents baking in stifling flats and back to back housing; the large grassed areas, usually teeming with scampering dogs and small, shoeless kids who like to feel the grass between their toes, is full of sunbathers and people exhausted by the heat.

wormholt2Amazingly in such an urban setting, Wormholt Park has a thriving wild bird population including breeding Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Long tailed tit, Great tit, Blue tit, Blackbird, Robin, Wren, Dunnock and Wood pigeon.

In this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch only 0.009% of Britain’s smallest bird, the Goldcrest, presented across the whole of Greater London (which includes the huge Royal Parks) but Wormholt Park has its very own breeding pair, attracted by the yews and conifers… What a delightful privilege.

House sparrows and Starlings, both on the critical list in England; Pied wagtails and the occasional Song Thrush (also endangered) use the park together with the jolly, bright green Ring-necked Parakeets. In Spring, the birdsong is so intense one could almost be in the countryside and it is crucial that we retain the trees and bushes that these birds need when the imminent redevelopment of the park begins.

Wormholt Park will soon be getting ‘a make-over’ tied in with the erection of the new Health Centre and Apartment Block on its Eastern side. Locals with children eagerly anticipate the new playgrounds, which are long overdue, but the loss of the two dedicated tennis courts is hugely unpopular – the cricket nets are being sacrificed too.

No-one wants the ambiance of this traditional park, which celebrated its 100th birthday in 2011, to be lost. Set in the Wormholt Conservation Area it needs to retain its historical place and still be a green lung in this polluted part of London; it is our escape from the Cityscape and a rest from the urban environment. For many local children this is the only easily accessible place that they can be close to Nature.

 

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SUMMER EVENT

July 7, 2014

WORMHOLT PARK

Saturday 5 July 2014; noon to 5pm

Plenty of activities, entertainment and refreshments for all the family

Book it in your diary!

Wormholt Park Village Fair

June 27, 2014

Wormholt Park Village  Fair

Friends of Wormholt Park invite to their annual Village Fair

WORMHOLT VILLAGE FAIR

June 5, 2014

5 July 2014 12.00 – 17.00

We have an exciting summer event for all the family including pony rides, bouncy castle, children’s tombola, children’s crafts, refreshments, and music.

We look forward to seeing you there!

We are also looking for volunteers to help with running the event on the day. If you would like to volunteer please email us: wormholtpark@gmail.com

SUMMER EVENT 5 July 2014

May 20, 2014

Wormholt Park

Plenty of activities, entertainment and refreshments for the whole family. 

Book it in your diary!

More information soon.

Spooks in the Park

October 29, 2013
Take the kids along!!

Take the kids along!!

We are supporting the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning – Macmillan Cancer Support – Join us

September 25, 2013

macmillan cancer flyer_loresThis year, we are supporting The MacMillan Cancer Coffee morning.  It’s Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event, where people across the UK hold a coffee morning and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. In 2012 115,000 people signed up, raising a record £15 million. This year as Friends, we’d like to support such a worthy endeavour and would like you to join us if you can.

Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face.  It is likely, that you or someone you know have been affected by cancer. In the estate, many ordinary men and women have been affected. I know the story of one resident whose husband succumb to cancer. She says the MacMillan Angels made all the difference! Lets contribute to others story by making it possible to get help until the last moment.

We are teaming up with Hanif at the Kodak and the London Wormholt and White City Lions Club to hold the Coffee Morning. Hanif have kindly donated the front of his store from 10 – 4pm for the day! Christine from the White City Estate have been busy spreading the word. A few local businessmen have also chipped in some cakes and baklava! All we’re missing is your support!   So, drop by and support a worthy cause.  If you can not be there, but would like to support the cause, please contact us by emailing:  wormholtpark@gmail.com

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