Welcome to the Spring 2015 Newsletter
It’s been a busy few months since the last newsletter, with two open air film showings, the Jester Festival, the first Fortune Green Photography Competition and Love Parks Week, to name but a few. Here’s a little more about some of those and also about some events you may not have been aware of:
January Fortune Green got the all-clear from the Forestry Commission. The oak processionary moth has not laid eggs on the Green. See January’s blog for the full story.
December Fortune Green was a finalist in the Fields in Trust ‘Love Your Field’ competition. Although it didn't win, we now have a finalists certificate on the noticeboard at the south end of theGreen. Thank you to all those who voted – the Green may be small but people obviously love it very much!
Also in December, the FoFG Christmas Fair bulb-planting stall in Emmanuel Church was a great success. Children planted up 200 muscari (grape hyacinth) bulbs in decorated pots. A little gravel was spilt, but everyone had a good time. And my spies tell me that the bulbs came up, some even as early as Christmas Day.
November Camden replaced diseased or storm-damaged trees that had been removed earlier in the year. They were replaced with Flowering Cherry and Lime trees and a Liquidambar tree which was funded by WHAT and planted in memory and honour of Don Hill, a founder member.
August The first Fortune Green Photography Competition culminated in six fabulous winning images. Well done to all who entered.
You can read all about Spring on theGreen below and see a full schedule of all the year’s events on our Future Events page.
Love Our Green Sundays
Sunday 22nd February 2pm-4pm
For this first LOGS of the year, the focus will be on cutting down old shrub growth to clear the way for new shoots and for the spring bulbs planted in the autumn to come to the fore. There’ll also be litter picking.
Sunday 29th March 2pm-4pm
This month's LOGS will focus on planting perennials, weeding, mulching and litter picking (again). We'll be dividing existing plants like asters, anemones and geraniums and beefing up the beds with new salvias, miscanthus (a type of grass) and vernonia.
Sunday April 26th 2-4pm
This month, it's time to deadhead the daffodils. I know, it seems terrible to talk about it when they haven’t even come out yet, but that time will come. Be there!
Sunday May 24th 2-4pm
Come and attack the bindweed. It's a widespread problem, very difficult to eradicate, so all hands to the pump, or rather on the trowel. Come and pull up as many roots of it as you can.
Watch the website for more events
There’ll also be a range of other events in April, May and June, including a history walk, a nature walk and the first of the year's open air film nights, so watch the website in the months to come for more details.
Want to get more involved?
If you'd like to be more involved or have ideas for events and happenings on the Green, please email email@example.com.
The photo shows two Committee members, Janet Pedder and Gerald Oppenheim, enjoying a film night with friend Judith Found (centre).
A big thank you to Janet Pedder for her tireless work as Acting Chair of the Committee and to the rest of the Committee for plotting, planning and organizing for the last year. Mark Stonebanks, the Chair, is returning at the end of March, fresh from adventures abroad.
For those of you that would like to pay your subs online, or set up a standing order, please use the details below:
Account no. 03853950
Sort code 20-74-63
Cash or cheques (made payable to Friends of Fortune Green) can also be dropped through the letterbox or posted to Friends of Fortune Green, 3 Ajax Road, NW6 1EF