Monday, 13 February 2017

Another community orchard volunteering session, Saturday 4th March, 11am-12.30pm

The community orchard planted in Ladywell Fields in 2011 is thriving but, like any orchard, it needs care and attention if the trees are to grow strongly and avoid disease.  

It snowed throughout the volunteering session on 11th February, which made for a memorable occasion! We went ahead and mulched the trees with wood chip, but were not able to prune as planned. 

There will be another orchard volunteering session on Saturday 4th March, 11am-12.30pm specifically for pruning the trees, and inspecting and repairing the guards as we go.
All volunteers welcome--you don't need to know anything about pruning trees as full instruction will be given. If you have thick gloves and/or sharp secateurs please bring them with you.  Also, at the risk of stating the obvious, come in work clothes with robust shoes!


Here's hoping for better weather this time, if it is raining we shall need to reschedule again.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

THIS SATURDAY: Orchard volunteering session - Saturday 11 February, 10.30am-12.30pm

The community orchard planted in Ladywell Fields in 2011 is thriving but, like any orchard, it needs care and attention if the trees are to grow strongly and avoid disease.  

This is one of our twice-yearly volunteer sessions at which you can learn and help prune the trees, inspect and repair the guards, and mulch the trees with woodchip to keep weeds down.  

If you do come and you have any of the following please bring them nave any of the following please bring them - thick gloves, sharp secateurs and garden buckets.  

Also, at the risk of stating the obvious, come in work clothes with robust shoes!


Pruning requires dry weather so if it is raining we shall need to reschedule.

Ladywell Fields User Group meeting on Thursday 9th March at 7pm


The next meeting of the Ladywell Fields User Group will be on Thursday 9th March at 7pm in the Environmental Studies room in the North Field, behind Ladywell station. The issues that we currently have on the agenda are:

  • Update on the tennis proposals (Andy Thomas from LBl will be there) 
  • Cycling the park 
  • Proposal to hold a community event in the park
  • Proposed flood alleviation measures 
  • General update (someone from Glendale will be attending)
  • Future volunteer events

If you have any other issues that you would like discussed, let us know by emailing ladywellfields@yahoo.co.uk.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Tennis Court Refurbishment

Many of you will have noticed that works have commenced at the tennis courts in the north field, opposite the Hospital. The work started on 9 Jan 2017 and the contractors are hoping to complete around the end of March 2017, though the timescale is somewhat weather dependent.
Floodlights will be installed in phase 2 (later than March, but hopefully not too long after). This is a Council project delivered in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association, the London Marathon Charitable Trust and Glendale.
Once upgraded - to high standards - access to the courts will be via an online booking system for pre-booked, one hour time slots. Regular coaching sessions (at additional cost) will continue as now - see https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/SELondonTennis .

Monday, 6 February 2017

Cycling in Ladywell Fields

Cycling has often been a contested issue among park users. 
A longtime user wrote to us this week: "Whilst walking along the central park footpath today, I stopped to observe the construction work in progress and a cyclist had to swerve to avoid hitting me. I had no warning except an "Ooops". Of course he continued with no expression of regret or apology. A collision would certainly have put me in hospital.
"It seems that the designated cycle routes are no longer marked and I feel that an accident is imminent. These routes should avoid the café, children's' swing park and railway side of the sport arena.
Is a speed limit for cyclists clearly shown? It seems to me to be impossible to expect a decent code of conduct from cyclists."
As a park user AND cyclist I too am frustrated that (but understand why) cyclists prefer to use the path alongside the railway when the actual cycle path follows the River, along the eastern side of the 'north field'. It would not be so bad if cyclists slowed down in the vicinity of the cafe or accepted pedestrians on this particular path take precedence. Your thoughts?