Here we are in full summer now and the park is looking simply lovely. I love the way it is beginning to look more like the countryside than an urban park, with its natural look of long grass and wild flowers. If you look closely into the areas of long grass next to the wild flower meadows you will be surprised by the variety of small wild flowers there....tiny pink and little yellow blooms abound with the daisies.
We understand that the Festival in Walpole Park this year will be a week shorter - it has grown considerably over the past few years - from the point of view of the Friends its does mean that there is less damage to the Park environment.
The playground is a popular as ever but there is a slight problem occuring with the number of people who walk through the oaks to get to it. It may be that this access to the playground will have to be cut off as the oaks will definitely begin to suffer with such high footfall on their root plates.
In order to maintain that wonderful tree lined avenue and our valuable old oaks, money is being raised to tastefully fence off the vulnerable ones and encourage the families to approach from a different angle.