171006 Hogsmill walkabout

We had a lovely walk in the Autumn sunshine on Friday, round the Hogsmill discussing:

  • what we love about it
  • sharing our knowledge of it
  • how it could be developed so that more people can enjoy it

Detailed notes below ⇓⇓⇓

Join us for our next meeting on Friday 20th October 1.30-3pm (local venue TBC – look back here for updates) where we will:

  1. start prioritising these issues, using a big map
  2. make a plan for engaging the wider community over the coming months
  3. start planning for our second Christmas event at the parade of shops – after the success of last year!

 

Here are the main themes which came up:

  • Like the wildlife, countryside feel
  • Teenagers have nowhere to go round here – BMX/ skateboard/ pump track
  •  good to ensure that any pump track is overlooked in some way
  • Educational signs to highlight wildlife or endangered species
  • Woodland Trust and Lower Mole Project – Local volunteers built a path with the help of the above, 300metres for £5k – seems cheap! Thanks to all involved
  • the long grassy bit in the middle section behind the school – wildflower meadow
  • Can’t see river, too many brambles, would like to cut spaces so it can be seen – create a vista!
  • Need more dog bins
  • Picnic area!
  • Need to help get people out of their houses by providing some facilities in this area
  • Help kids to be able to use the space – need a flat space to play Frisbee or kick a ball around
  • a cycling track all around the area
  • The park equipment needs upgrading
  • scooter tracks, multi-purpose court with astro turf, table tennis, investment in parks e.g. Joseph Hood Park
  • Logs and ropes – outdoor play equipment
  • get some wood donated, local people can help make the play stuff? (check these people out http://www.buildup.org.uk/)
  • Environment Trust, Id Verde could help with tools and other resources

 

At bridge over Hogsmill (sheephouse way side)

  • Welcome feature from the bridge into the wooded bit? Trees/ grassy bit, nice planters etc?

6 acre meadow

  • Bridge at the far end is not very safe
  • More benches
  • Safer access to the river, banks are steep
  • Signs by the sheephouse way bridge highlighting features of the area
  • Wetland area to be made more accessible – the wooden boardwalk is rotten and broken/ H&S issue
  • encourage more biodiversity

 

Wider links

How about a green link along Sheephouse Way, linking Manor Park with the Hogsmill?

Crossing at Malden Road to Manor Park needs attention, local parents don’t want to let their children cross there

Advertisements