This is the Weekly Digest of Save Lea Marshes. We are a group of people who live in the Lea Valley area campaigning to keep the local marshes and other green spaces for nature to thrive and to be there for people to enjoy for years to come. To find out more, please see our website www.saveleamarshes.org.uk and visit our Shop page for ideas for Christmas presents that will help support our work, which is totally volunteer run, with its basic campaigning costs. The “green stuff” will really help us with the real green stuff!
In the mix this week:
CANAL KNOWLEDGE – canals have been featured in various news stories and features in the last couple of weeks, such as the story of British Land wanting to get rid of a floating bookshop in Paddington Basin in favour of a floating coffee shop (mentioned by Michele Hanson in her Guardian column on Tuesday p.13 and elsewhere) and a News Feature on “the housing crisis reaches the waterways”, on the plight of the continuous cruisers p. 10 of the Hackney Citizen. Regular readers of the Weekly Digest will know that this issue was a big talking point in 2014, connected to the hoggin path and privatisation of the Leyton Marsh moorings, which divided the boating community. Work has begun on the hoggin path on Leyton Marsh and mud/ rubble has been dumped on the Site of Importance for Nature Conservation.
HOPE SPRINGFIELDS ETERNAL - whilst on the subject of the press, there is a letter in this week’s Hackney Gazette “Share views on park’s future” p.12 from Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, concerning last weekend’s consultation process on getting heritage funding for Springfield Park. The consultation is still open https://consultation.hackney.gov.uk/parks-green-spaces/springfield-park-consultation you can also order a hard copy on 0208 356 4895.
MILLFIELDS PARK E5 CONSULTATION – this has now closed but some members of SLM have written objections to more mowing regimes (including for areas that LWT advised keeping unmown for wildlife); more unnecessary paths; lack of bins and against the location of a cafe.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY OPEN SPACES SOCIETY – celebrating its 150th year of campaigning for common land, village greens and public parks in England and Wales. SLM are a member group and we are all comparative “newbies” in the fight not to tarmac and concrete over all of our valuable open spaces. For information on the ways OSS are marking this occasion and for details on a photography competition go to www.oss.org.uk
LISTENING CORNER – if you haven’t been following the drama serial feature in this week’s Women’s Hour on Radio 4 this week – concerning one woman’s experience of the Greenham Common Camp, I recommend you check it out on the iPlayer.
EVENTS Abney Park Fund Day – this Saturday , 11am -3pm – SLM will be on a stall supporting the Stokey Local Campaign and we’ll be selling the last stocks of our calendars and other merchandise.
Also on Saturday, Mabley Green User’s Group will be organising the planting of edible trees from 11am – 2pm.
On 2 January there will be retox,detox, cakes and ping-pong to welcome in the New Year...
On Tuesday (no date is given but as the information came in on 10 December, I am assuming it is next Tuesday 16 December), Waltham Forest Friends of the Earth is holding a social at the Rose & Crown in Walthamstow from 8pm onwards.
Next SLM meeting – 15 December at 7pm at The Princess of Wales, Lea Bridge Road (we are usually at the back of the pub), new people are welcome to come along.