Community Park & Horticulture Hub Latest News

Community Park & Horticulture Hub Latest News

 Fri, August 03, 2018

We are extremely excited to announce that we have commisioned Groundworks to project manage the design and construction of this exciting addition to our community park. They have confirmed that our new Nature Area will be opening in March 2019.

As requested by our Friends of Castlehaven Community Park, our gardening volunteers & local school children, the new nature area will contain a large raised pond, composters, raised beds, a teaching space, insect hotels, bird & bat boxes and secure fencing, signage, cctv cameras and lighting. This area will be a dog free zone and will be opened regularly for local resdients, older people, families and school children to visit, learn from and enjoy.

If you have recently visited our community park (next to our astro turf sports pitches) you will have seen a temporary metal fence surrounding an area of the park earmarked for the new Nature Area. Nothing much has happened within this space in the past three months, this is due to sudden staff changes and issues beyond our control. As our new nature area will now be built through the autumn and winter months, we have decided to remove the temporary fencing in mid August. However as this area will be developed so the fencing will be re-erected again. If you would like more information regarding this please contact Tricia Richards tricia@castlehaven.org.uk or call 0207 485 3386

New Activities To Get Involved In!

We have recently employed Nichola Daunton (see picture) as our Environmental Engagement Co-ordinator, she has lots of experience in horticulture, crafting and wildlife. Nichola will be running an amazing array of new workshops, sessions and events to be held within our wonderful Horticulture Hub (corner of Hartland & Hawley Road, NW1) and community park, These range from Wellness Gardening workshops on Tuesdays 1-3pm, Adult Workshops on Thursdays 1-3pm and Families Growing Together on Thursdays 3.40pm-5pm, all held within the Horticulture Hub.

Nichola has recently been working with the Dog Hub on some new free dog agility and training sessions to take place within our community park over September and October 2018. She is also in conversations with an artist who teaches drawing classes on how to draw small animals, like life drawing but with guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits! Watch this space!

If you would like more information on any of these new workshops, classes and activities please contact Nichola Daunton nichola@castlehaven.org.uk or call 020 7485 3386.

A Huge Thank You!

A huge thank you to Paul Storan and his team of regular gardening volunteers, Paul is our head gardener and facilities officer. He maintains our community park, cutting of grass, picking up endless bags of litter and dog mess. Plus making sure that all the trees, plants and shrubs are watered and cared for. He also helps all the rough sleepers on the site, reporting them to the Safer Streets Team who help these people find accomodation and advice on various issues they maybe facing. Our gardening volunteers also are a true blessing to the community park, they come regluarly to plant, weed, dig and look after our park. Without them and Paul we really wouldn't have such a wonderful green space a stone throw from Camden Market! Pats on backs all round!

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