Calling all Wanstead Artists

How many talented artists are hidden away in their homes around Wanstead? We hope to find out this year with Wanstead's very own Art Trail which is to be organised in conjunction with the Wanstead Society.

The trail will be launched to coincide with the Wanstead Festival on Sunday 19th September and will run until the end of the following Sunday. All variety of  shops and businesses around the High Street will be displaying and selling art from local artists.

If you are an enthusiastic local artist and would like to participate in the Art Trail we would love to hear from you. For further details, please contact Katriye Ibrahim on 07711 981314.

Ready and waiting – new bulbs planted

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The council have been kind enough to re-plant the High Street flower beds but it will take some time for the new shrubs to fill out which leaves quite a lot of bare soil in the meantime. 

So the Wanstead Society guerrilla gardeners have got on the case once again; in the spring, the beds outside Wanstead Pharmacy and the greengrocers should be sporting red and white tulips, miniature daffodils and early species crocuses. The larger bed outside the Co-op should sprout mini daffodils and crocuses in time. 

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This is something of an experiment; we have to see what gets trodden on, picked or generally mangled and what survives and where.  A busy High Street by its nature is not necessarily a plant friendly place but we’re hoping for the best.

Watch this space… The bulbs have been planted and are ready and waiting.

Wanstead Treasure Hunt – Friday 27th November

Christmas Lights To get us in the mood for the forthcoming winter festivities and to celebrate the switching on of the High Street christmas lights, Living Streets, The Wanstead Business Partnership and Redbridge Council will be hosting a treasure hunt this Friday 27th November. 

The hunt will run from 3.30pm to 6pm and all are welcome to participate and get in the festive spirit.  Collect a map from one of the participating shops, follow the clues and you may just discover a treasure or two.  You can pick up your map from Bike Trax, One Deko, Rio, Nice Croissant, The Orange Tree, Picture Perfect Gallery, The Larder, Blush Temples, Heads N Tails, Wanstead Domestic Appliances, Horsfall & Wright, Knock Down Ginger and Lillies of Wanstead. 

For more information on Friday's activities, which include carol singing and a prize draw, click here.

High Street flower beds to get a makeover

Flowerbeds AIB - 08112009 001 You may have noticed these two raised flower beds outside the Allied Irish Bank, they've been looking rather sad for some time and were due for a refit by the council in October. 

But they won't be looking sad for much longer.  An eagle-eyed Wanstead Society member noticed some beautifully planted raised flower beds in Orford Road, Walthamstow; it seems that the street flower beds have been taken over by the community and there are plant people there who really know their stuff.

So that gave us an idea, we think we can do something similar and make a really good job of it.  The council are quite happy for the Wanstead Society to take over those two beds and have cancelled the proposed planting of shrubs.  We'll be getting a working party together to get rid of some dead and tired looking shrubs, liven up the compost and plant a selection of really interesting stuff with shape and foliage colour.  Watch this space for dates, volunteers are always welcome to muck in. 

Guided tour of Wanstead – new route

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Following on from the success of the guided walk in September, the Wanstead Society have devised a new route taking in the Parklands of Wanstead.  Don your comfy shoes as a qualified guide will take you around Christchurch Green, Eagle and Hollow Ponds, Bush Wood and Wanstead Park enlightening you on points of interest along the way. 

Meet outside Somerfield at 11am on Sunday 15th November; the walk ends at approximately 1.30pm.  All are welcome to join us.