THE RIVER is the highest it has been for several years, and all the paths along it have been closed, writes Friend of Victoria Park, Victoria Wood.
The play area is just about deserted, the sand pit is soggy, the trees are dripping and the whole The Park is looking quite bedraggled and very wet!
Still, there are many places worse off right now, and once we get a dry week or so, the rangers will be undertaking their least favourite task, of clearing all the mud away from the paths and the play area and then assessing what will need to be done in the way of replanting.
The Friends of Victoria Park are hoping that all the Spring bulbs which were planted last month are going to survive the rain.
It always surprises me how the Spring flowers seem to cope with frost, snow and rain and still come up smiling.
The Borough Council nursery at Riverway is already preparing for the Summer planting in the Park.
Last year they increased the number of bee and insect friendly varieties which were planted and the Park was literally buzzing!
Flowers such as cosmos, foxgloves, geraniums, lupins and roses are all attractive to insects and easy to grow and look amazing.
The Friends are planning to have a plant stall at some of our events, so look out for some bee friendly plantlets for your garden!
The Friends are still trying to recruit some new members.
We’ve never had a huge membership, but it would be nice to have a few (or a lot!) of new faces with new ideas for interesting ways to enjoy the Park and increase public awareness of it’s history and also it’s future.
We have changed our meetings from a week night to Saturday afternoons, but this seems to be problematic for a lot of people.
It would be useful to know what people think and if more people would be interested in an early evening meeting, rather than a day time one.
We would really like to know what you think and if you could get to a meeting on a different time or day. You can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org about this or anything to do with the Friends of Victoria Park.
Look forward to hearing from you.