What’s on this weekend

A chance to explore New Cross Gate Cutting nature reserve – Saturday 6 June -10:30 am to 3:00 pm – Free

The nature reserve sits next to a main railway line. On Saturday their staff and volunteers will be busy on the reserve, so they won’t be able to offer any organised walks, but it’s a great opportunity to have a look around and see how spring is developing in the reserve. The paths can be muddy and slippery, and parts of the footpath loop will be inaccessible because of repair work. Due to the wildlife value of the reserve, dogs are not allowed on the reserve, other than assistance dogs. The railway cutting here is predominantly woodland. Small patches of neutral and acid grassland can also be found, alongside areas of reeds and tall herbs. These habitats support over 170 species of flowering plants, several of which are locally rare. The site contributes to one of the most important railway cuttings for wildlife in London, running between New Cross Gate and Forest Hill (Vesta Road, SE4 2NT). Maybe worth a visit for those taking part in the summer project?

Gardens Festival at Horniman Museum and Gardens – Sunday 7 June 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Free

A day of family events and quirky workshops inspired by the Horniman Gardens (100 London Road, SE23 3PQ): listen to live performances by the London Vegetable Orchestra and African Tree, go on a tour of the Horniman Gardens sundials, enjoy some garden storytelling, and learn how to create a seed bomb, a carrot recorder or how to make your own miniature garden.


Annual Exhibition

The Visitors choice for their favourite photo was Janet Wayman’s “By Any Other Name” and the visitors’ favourite photographer was Paul Tipping. Congratulations to both Janet and Paul.


Bromley’s New Mayor

Please see attached a newspaper article about the Mayor who presented the cups and certificates at our Awards Evening.


Forthcoming Outings

Saturday 13 June – Medieval Fair at Faversham by train. If you would like to come along please let me know by e-mail. We will be meeting outside Bromley South Station at 9:45 am to catch the 9:58 train to Faversham. A weekend-long Medieval Fair celebrating Faversham’s involvement in the Magna Carta 800th anniversary.  Held in Faversham’s historic town centre there will be re-enactments, tournaments, birds of prey, battles, plays, a medieval camp, music, dancing, juggling, stalls, food and plenty of hands-on crafts and activities.  The town will come alive with street decorations, period dress and medieval music, market stalls and lovely independent shops and restaurants, with plenty of delicious food and drink.

Saturday 4 July – River Festival at Chatham by train.  If you would like to come along please let me know by e-mail. Chatham Waterfront is the place to be on 4 July, when yachts and sailing vessels of every kind will join together for the Medway River Festival. There will be river displays and races running all day, along with food stalls, exhibitions and live music. And don’t forget there is also the historic dockyard.

Friday 7 to Monday 10 August – Portsmouth weekend.

If anybody else would like to join us, members or non-members, please let one of the Outings Committee know and we will see if there are any spaces available. More info regarding travel nearer the date.


Photography Competitions

Kent Wildlife Trust

There are 4 categories, 1 – fauna, 2 – flora, 3 – landscape coastline and people and 4 – junior.  Closing date for entries is 4 September. More details and entry form at this web address. www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/sites/default/files/wildlife_photogrphy_competition_entry_form_2015.pdf. Another idea for our summer project so why not enter your photo for free.


PAGB e-News No. 139

To read the latest issue, please click on this link www.pagbnews.co.uk.