The Friends Of Trent Country Park – A Review, 2015
by Carol Langran September 2015
It has been a very busy and successful time for The Friends. Membership now stands at 214 and still growing. The quality and condition of the park were recognised by the award of a further Green Flag : a prestigious achievement signalling the park’s importance and value to the community. The Friends put in over 500 hours of voluntary work in the park last year and this contribution has now been recognised by EBC’s Gold Award. We are also rather proud of our revitalised cafe. Under the new management we think it is the best in the borough: a picturesque setting, lots of seating, very good food and well worth a visit.
This Summer has seen a very successful programme of guided walks around the park. The walks were originally instigated by the Friends and are now run by the Black Rainbow company. Alan Mitellas and his colleagues have put forward a varied programme ranging from the history of the park to evening bat walks. All walks have been well received and well attended. Walkers have been keen to join The Friends group.
Four new illustrated boards have been installed at various locations around the park. The boards were funded by two Enfield Residents Priority Fund Grants secured by The Friends. The interpretation boards highlight four areas of biodiversity; trees, birds and bats, woodland habitat and meadow habitat. You can also view the board graphics on the Friends website or print them off and take them with you as spotter sheets.
The enhancement of The Water Garden continues. The aim is to extend the season of interest and at the same time keep the ambience of this delightful area. The newly formed group of Water Garden Volunteers has already put in over a hundred hours of gardening. Considerable ground clearance has taken place over the Summer as volunteers sought to upgrade part of the garden and do battle with the weeds and nettles. The first phase of the planting is now complete. Further planting is now under review thanks to £700 from The Residents Priority Fund.
A dog programme is being planned to coincide with the new dog control regulations. Dog training facilities are planned for Spring 2016 to assist dog owners, and to help children to behave appropriately around dogs.
On a final note - hopes are now growing for the future of the campus and the heritage buildings. With its sale to The Berkeley Group there is much to negotiate, much work to put the site in good working order and relief that it seems that public access to the heritage buildings and views will be maintained.