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:
- start prioritising these issues, using a big map
- make a plan for engaging the wider community over the coming months
- 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
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