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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Green Flag raised

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Mallards have new babies this nice little one it late for them to have them now

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Heron ready for fishing hope he has a rod licence

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Blue tit taken with a canon eos1300d 300mm lense

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The green flag awarded to the park now has its new flag pole displaying it

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Swan Dies

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The father swan has died he and his daughter were the only 2 swans left in the lake but he has died believed to be from eating mouldy bread. People have started on social media quoting Angel Wing as a problem and clearly this has never happened and it only normally happen in young duck fed very high protein. Above the heron coming in to land

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Tits in the park and even new baby ducks which are late this year and may struggle if we get an early winter

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The vandals have been in at work again breaking the cycle stand and one more tree near the rack has been cut down

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Wild Life master plan

A plan for wildlife in the park was compiled with the help of visiting experts in many fields to cover all aspects of the habitat.

Nesting for wildlife on the lake is none existent we have had Grebe in the past but these and others cant leave the water so need nesting on the lake a simple way is to create the floating nest see http://bthbgcm.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/building-mallard-duck-nesting-tubes.html

One year we had floating islands for the grebe and they had young all that was used was a pallet and some straw and it worked well. The problem is now with the boats they cant be on that side of the lake as we have seen people in the boat reach onto the island and smash eggs. The only place is in the middle of the fishing side which should be far enough out so fishermen are not affected pallets around the bottom island would work as well grebe are a protected species. Cut down trees could be used tied together then tied to the island so it can rise and fall with the lake plenty of old dead trees at Tipkinder You can build a floating island very simple and cheap this also cleans the water as well as providing nesting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P28PNf2JjF0

Many of the duck struggle to bread as there is no safe /suitable place for them to breed nesting boxes would solve that http://norfolkwildfowl.co.uk/?p=duck.nest.boxes

The full answer is to plant more suitable plants in the lake which provide natural nesting sites provide food and improve the water for fish and wildlife

Suggested planting along part of the edge of the lake - a fringe of reed mace, yellow flag iris, meadowsweet and other wetland plants would create a habitat for many creatures as well as birds (N.B. reed-mace can spread rapidly, however it cannot move into deep water, so it should be OK in the lake.
The two steep banks of grass either side of Burma island on the south side are never used as they are to steep and are hard to mow so we want to cover with dense shrubs which would look nice and give wildlife a place to bread this would help wildlife and reduce the need for regular mowing. They could be used for fishing as it doesn’t put people in danger when walking past while people are casting. Possibly the area by the main road that is a bank on the north side could have the same treatment. The wildlife meadow on the South side has helped to bring in insects and should be continued

To encourage wildlife we need to start at the bottom of the food chain by putting lots of compost areas and rotting log piles this needs to be balanced with not looking a mess so it’s a matter of agreeing areas in bushes that wont generally be seen for these we are talking small piles which will barley be seen not huge ones. Other discreet project are log piles and bee hotels again discreetly situated to benefit things like hedgehogs etc. This will fit in with school projects and we would help with an educational resource

More plants are required for wildlife which would include. More bird boxes are also needed and our members are putting up bird feeders to feed birds through the winter.
• Spring: flowering currant, Berberis, Forsythia, guelder rose.
• Summer: Hebe, lavender, honeysuckle, elder
• Autumn: Buddleja, heather, Hypericum, Fatsia
• Winter: Mahonia, ivy, witch hazel, Sarcococca

Much of the winter work is collecting leaves and transporting them this is a natural resource which is being wasted by moving them a few feet into the bush's they improve soil, provide things for nature and put nitrogen back into the soil and will take half the time. A lot of bush's around the fences are cut back in winter and in a lot of cases the denser the area the better there is more for wildlife and it help security by making it harder to break into the park. When that is done all around the park railings you can see self seeded trees and these are never touched. The ANTS could spend a day just removing self seeded trees all over the site.

Since the paths have been done wildlife have suffered as the old paths with holes had puddles for wildlife to drink now there is only Coronation walk left all thats needed is a few small holes that can retain water for wildlife as there is no were to get water as the lake is too steep for a lot of wildlife bird baths would be even better.

Wildlife cameras would be a good asset these would only be deplored as the park was closing and retrieved at opening time so there is no problem with that with these we could check how many badgers we check nest a class wildlife like swans and grebe and gain information on wildlife night life which may show wildlife we didnt know we had. They could be used as a security camera if there were problems at night to capture intruders. You can get cameras for bird boxes which would be interesting to observe the birds all this goes towards getting a better understanding of the needs of wildlife in the park.

Wildlife needs promoting in the park as its a crowed puller and bring responsible people into the park the need is there I tweet my wildlife photos on Twitter and often they are retweeted a 1000 times so people are interested follow on twitter @janmwright

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Flowers Everywhere

Cheshire East Council scoops Green Flags award

Cheshire East Council’s parks are some of the very best in the UK – and that’s official.

Cheshire East has been awarded Green Flags for its outstanding parks.

The Green Flag award is given to authorities that deliver a parks service to an international standard. All parks are measured on how well they are maintained, how sustainable they are along with their contributions to conservation and heritage.

However, there are also more diverse criteria that parks are measured on, which include areas such as how they are marketed and managed.

Significant investment in Queens Park, Crewe means that it now joins Congleton and Sandbach parks along with the Moor in Knutsford, Bollington recreation ground, Brereton Heath local nature reserve, Tegg’s Nose country park and Tatton Park as having been awarded the Green Flag standard.

Tatton Park has also received the Green Heritage Award, which is given to places that achieve a high standard in management and interpretation of a site with local or national historic importance.

The awards were recognition of outstanding partnership working both with other local authorities and community groups. They were given out at Sheffield Town Hall in an event attended by many northern authorities.

Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “This is deserved recognition for a lot of hard work and dedication, not just from our own teams at Cheshire East but also the army of volunteers and community groups that make achievements like this possible.”

“The Green Flag is an international standard and the only national award for parks, so this is great praise for Cheshire East to be recognised in this way.”

Councillor John Hammond, Chairman of Ansa – who deliver parks services for Cheshire East – said: “Green Flag is a prestigious parks award which benchmarks the national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK. So I am delighted with this success.

“All of these parks look beautiful at this time and I must thank all our friends groups and partners for their outstanding efforts and contributions to make this happen. 

“It was particularly satisfying that Queens Park in Crewe, was successful in obtaining the award this year, following the recent refurbishment and investment. We do hope you will take time to visit and support your local park!”

 

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Its all about flowers this week as the summer bedding starts to develop but along with that the vandals are about and the Gulf War memorial a lot of the flowers have been pulled up

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The Boer War memorial has a nice display and first time this year the banks on the south side have a wildlife garden which is brining in bees and butterfly's not at its best yet but it has been well received by visitors

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The main drive flowers are doing well and the wildlife is still producing young as the mallard looks after her new brood

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Badgers having more problems

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A lot of new duck this week a bit late but some out with mum this week

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After problems with the illegal disturbing of badgers we were assured by the Chief Exec that they would be looked after as required by law

I quote from the letter from Peter Bates 17th June 2016:
“The latest incident you describe with the mowing was a result of the badger sett expanding into the open grassland and not being spotted by our staff.”
We are disappointed that this has happened again since we hoped that staff would now be
well informed and subsequently give the sett a wide birth with the mower.

But this week they went over setts with a mower this is not only a problem for badgers but it show CEC has no concept of safety of its staff if a mower drop down a hole and its ride on then the operator can be thrown off and with blades spinning be seriously hurt. There seems to be no communication from the top to staff on the ground 

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The bank on the south side is now starting to flower with the wildlife garden that was own

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Graffiti Gone

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The young rabbits are about in the park they are all over the park

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The gardeners have planted out the Gulf War memorial a bed that isnt normally done a lot of people are calling for this memorial to be moved to Burma Island so all the fallen can be remembered in on place as the Gulf War is out of site and a lot of people dont know its there and its in living memory

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At the bottom of the lake near the gold coarse were they have put the sandstone the Lions are going to plant it up for their anniversary it would be nice all in heathers giving all year round colour

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There has been a lot of graffiti in the park and this week a firm has been in cleaning from all  over the park how long it stays clean is another matter

Sunday, June 26, 2016

‘Armed Forces Day’

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They have been grinding down the trees they chopped down for the path the tree that had stood for many years and had no effect on the path why people ask

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The gardeners have done most of the summer bedding in the park it takes a few week for it to reach its best

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The baby moorhen is growing very fast now and out on his own

 

 

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The restoration of the Boar War memorial is now finished the second time its been renovated since 2012 the details are in for Coronation walk below that will greatly improve things for wildlife as at the moment they cant get any water

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Report by Jonathan White, Wistaston

‘Armed Forces Day’ - https://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/ - took place at Queens Park in Crewe on Sunday 26th June 2016 from 11am to 5pm. The event also incorporated the first Crewe Military Festival.

A march took place from Victoria Gardens to the Boer War Memorial in Queens Park, led by The Royal British Legion Riders Branch and followed by The Band and Drums of the Cheshire Constabulary, cadets and military veterans. The Parade Marshal was Mr M Kay.

There was a respectful Remembrance Service led by Rev Ken Sambrook with prayers, an Act of Remembrance which included Reveille, a two minute silence and the Kohima Epitaph. There were hymns and the singing of the National Anthem.

The event also included performances by a children’s choir, a military band, drill parade competitions, a craft marquee, bouncy castles & games for children.

Organisations represented included Scouts, Friends of Queens Park, The Cat 107.9 FM community radio station, Help Our Wounded - Royal Marines Charity, Cadet Corps, Royal Naval Association, The Royal British Legion (Crewe Branch), Royal Air Force Air Cadets, Creative Crewe, Barnie's Community Hub (West St, Crewe), and a First World War Battle of the Somme centenary historical exhibition.

A rededication service was also held on the Burma Island.

The event was attended by several hundred people.

Donations will be divided between Royal Naval Association and The Royal British Legion.

There were hundreds of other events around the United Kingdom to celebrate and mark Armed Forces Day.

The march enters Queens Park - The Band and Drums of the  Cheshire Constabulary (1)

 

Remembrance Service - panorama at the Boer War  Memorial

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New signs have been installed on Burma Island and the memorial stone has been renovated

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Monday, June 13, 2016

CEC nearly kill badgers in the park again

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The damage to the bandstand has been repaired the large stones were removed for some reason they thought that would be funny

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At long last the men have been working on Burma island and the flags have now gone down and cemented in place and its now open

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I was very luck to be able to stop all the badgers being chopped into little pieces this week as a very large tractor was on site mowing and was going over setts with the grass cutting disks. I shouted at the man and stopped him but he had run over one sett before I got to him. I explained it was a criminal offence to disturb badgers the second time in a few months they have done this and once again it was reported to the Police as a wildlife crime. The offence has started a outrage on Facebook from badger groups in the area. A local group has now been formed to protect the badgers in the park and they will check them on a regular basis. Many have come through out the week to see that they are ok and a survey was done over the weekend were more setts were found in hard to get to places.  If you would like to join the group and keep the badgers safe contact me

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The plants around some of the lake are growing and wildlife is there playing hide and seek.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Dirty Lake

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Two new Moorhens this week

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They have been cleaning the rubbish by the sluice gate but as a results the lake is very dirty and stinks

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The other moorhens are growing but look at the state of the water their walking in

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The bottom island has lots of yellow from the broom Burma Island is looking good but the path is still fenced off as the flags have to be relayed and the man is off sick  there must be others who can fix the cockup.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Lost Carnival at Queens Park

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Some scenes fro the Lost Carnival at the park with trampoline  fun

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The Voodoo Band

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The ringmaster shall we call here

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These crazy people flying of the big wheel

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Women up in the trees dancing

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More crazy people flying I am proud of these shots

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Then they did it backwards

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Even men up in the trees dont forget its on Sunday and Monday so still time to see it for tickets and info see http://www.thelostcarnival.org.uk/