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June 2019

We have a busy month ahead so I will begin by pointing you to a couple of important items I think you will find interesting, just click on the headings below to be taken to the articles.

Project Manager's Update

There was very little to report on the Development last month so we thought it best to add all the progress to the June 2019 update.

Lark in the Park

Our two annual events, this one and Autumn Antics, are intended to be fun and educational, aimed primarily at children and their parents; however, we always welcome everyone and anyone so if you find yourself at a loose end this Saturday afternoon [15th June] come along to the park, there is sure to be something you will find interesting.

Friends of Manor Farm Park: Will have an information stall where you can ask about the Friends, join up and help us with our vision for the park: it will also serve as the main First Aid Point. There will be a free [donations will be welcome] refreshments stall; duck racing in the Griffin's Brook; a 'guess the weight of the cake' competition; a plant stall; a homemade goods stall and we will have a Tombola at another stall.

The Wildlife Trusts: Will be in attendance with a membership recruiter to talk to people about their work and the importance of looking after wildlife.

Fircroft College: Will have a stall with someone showing how to make your own butterfly feeders.

Birmingham and District Beekeepers Association: Will be bringing an observation hive and may also do some candle making from beeswax, depending on the ambient temperature.

RSPCA: Will be talking about their work and 'litter timelines'; they will also make a bug hotel.

WaterSide Care: Project Officer, Lee, will be demonstrating the fun part of carrying out a kick survey to check on the health and welfare of the [smaller] freshwater invertebrates in our brook.

Active Parks/Park Lives: Volunteers will be here with a range of 'soft' outdoor games.

ActiveBase Art: Will be demonstrating how to build up paintings using a bark rubbing technique; a large canvas will be available for those attending to try it out for themselves.

Tony Sames: A long-standing member of FoMFP will lead walks around the park explaining points of interest and talking about the wildlife.

Conservation and WaterSide Care Days

Last Saturday [June 8th] half a dozen volunteers turned out in the rain to begin our annual fight against an invasive weed that causes severe damage to our waterway and wetland indigenous flora. Read on to see why it is so important that we do all we can to rid our park of it and why we feel that the volunteer working days in June and July each year should be spent almost exclusively on this.






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