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The Communities and Local Government Committee has launched an inquiry into public parks to examine the impact of reduced local authority budgets on these open spaces and consider concerns that their existence is under threat. Inquiry: Public parks Communities and Local Government Committee Public parks inquiry The Committee looks at how parks should be supported now and in the future. This includes studying alternative management and funding models, such as a mutual or a.......

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James Downing (left) and Graham Deal display the Green Flag newly awarded to Broomfield Park At a special cream tea held in the shade of trees by the boating pond, Friends of Broomfield Park yesterday said goodbye to two good friends who arrived carrying a special green flag. The cream tea was served by the Greenery Community Cafe, the two good friends were James Downing and Graham Deal, both employees of Enfield Council, and the green flag was the official emblem of the Green Flag Award,.......

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A wildlife haven in Conway RecThe latest mini-film produced by Palmers Green Tales tells the story of how the pond in the recreation ground off Conway Road was restored by the Friends of Conway Rec.  Following some repair work carried out by the council, the pond had become simply a barren stretch of water.  The film describes the ingenious techniques used by the Friends to restore it to its former role as a wildlife haven. An annual visitor is a female mallard, who hatches a brood of.......

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When Bob Mitchell started his job as a gardener in Broomfield Park he was one of twelve people employed by the council to care for the park.  That was in 1984.  32 years later, many of the people whose work keeps the park looking beautiful are volunteers, members of the Friends of Broomfield Park. Chris Kaufman (left) presents Bob Mitchell with a retirement present on behalf of the Friends of Broomfield ParkNevertheless, there is a big difference between what can be done by volunteers.......

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The ducks already have, and they seem to like it. The Broomfield Orchard team will be working on the pond on Sunday afternoons - 2pm to 4.30pm.  And they're always on the lookout for more volunteers - contact ........

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The first ever Firs Farm Wetlands Festival will be held on 16th July and will celebrate the progress of the project to transform an area of playing fields into a site for pond dipping, nature trails, educational tours, a relaxing walk or family picnicwalking - not to mention, the largest sustainable urban drainage system in the UK, designed to reduce the risk of flooding to local homes. The celebrations will be hosted and organised by the Friends of Firs Farm.  But they need help to fulfil.......

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A book published by the Fabian Society with support from Groundwork, Keep Britain Tidy, the RSPB and the Woodland Trust addresses the challenge of maintaining the UK's parks and other green spaces in an age of Austerity. Ed Wallis, the author of Places to Be:  Green Spaces for Active Citizenship, sees green spaces as providing a "crucial community ballast".  He sees an "opportunity to manage our green space in such way that empowers citizens, bolsters people’s sense of place and.......

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The Friends of Arnos Park are running a photographic competition.  The best picture illustrating "The Joys of Arnos Park" will win an Amazon voucher worth £25. Entries should be sent by email to to arrive by 19th June.  The winner and runners up will be exhibited at the Friends' Summer Picnic on Sunday 17th July and on their Facebook page. And don't forget the Friends of Broomfield Park photo competition, which runs until 4th.......

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Many of you will have heard about the plans of the Friends of Broomfield Park to create a wildlife pond and a community growing space in the park. Well, it is about to happen. Do you fancy helping to create the new wildlife pond and community growing space in Broomfield Park? The pond and growing space will be located between the tennis courts and the orchard. The location of the growing space and wildlife pond - and what they might look like 1. Marking out, stripping the turf and.......

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Storm Katie arrived in London on Sunday night/Monday morning and did a fair amount of damage.  On the Friends of Broomfield Park Facebook page Tomas Adomaitis has posted photographs of the effect on the recently planted lime trees in Broomfield Park.  Obviously, it doesn't compare to a pub having its roof ripped off (elsewhere in London), but it's a pity.  Hopefully, the Council will be able to fix the ten or so trees that were.......

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The fourth annual photographic competition held by the Friends of Broomfield Park has been announced.  Visitors to the Park are invited to take photographs while there and submit them in one of two categories:  Adults and Under 16s. The competition runs until 4th August, after which a shortlist of entries will be exhibited in Broomfield Conservatory.  Visitors to the Conservatory will be able to cast votes for their favourite photographs. Last year's competition was won by.......

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Work has started to create a new park on an area of open land just south of the North Circular Road - and local people have been invited to suggest a name. The new park - currently known as Russell Road Green Space - is partly situated on top of the underground section of the New River which passes beneath the Bowes Road section of the North Circular - slightly to the east of the railway bridge.  The land belongs to Thames Water, who are leasing it to Enfield Council.  The cost of.......

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The project to transform an unexciting area of playing fields into a haven for wildlife and attractive open space while simultaneously helping to mitigate flooding reached another milestone on 9th March, when the Firs Farm Wetlands and Cycle Path were formally opened. See here at the ribbon cutting ceremony are (from left to right) Cllr Bambos Charalambous (Associate Cabinet Member Enfield Southgate), Ian Russell (Senior Engineer from Enfield Council), Cllr Daniel Anderson (Enfield.......

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A charity which helps promote good practice among organisations involved in managing and supporting London's parks and other green spaces is calling on everyone who values them to lobby candidates for the upcoming Mayoral and Greater London Assembly elections. The London Parks and Green Spaces Forum has written to Friends of Parks groups throughout the capital suggesting points which should be made to candidates.  The Forum is particularly concerned about cuts in expenditure on parks by.......

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