Eagle Pond needs our help

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This summer is proving to be long, and very hot. But while we should all be able to enjoy the summer sadly, Eagle Ponds is suffering from litter overload.

Timage1he Society is seeking to work with Redbridge Council and the City of London to tidy the site and make it safe for both visitors and wildlife.

The litter that makes its way into the water also makes its way into the birds and fish with dire results. Many of us have seen Blue Planet, but this is happening ON OUR DOORSTEP.

The simple answer is for those that use the site, to simply take home their litter. However, a clean up operation is needed to get things started and that’s why we are hoping to kick one off over the summer with your help.

We have contacted the local litter pickers lead by Dan Slipper, but if you think you too could help us tidy Eagle Pond please contact Info@wansteadsociety.org.uk

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.

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.