Another excellent turnout to help make a big difference to the local area. We have spent a considerable time working with our partners at Richmond Council and their contractors to improve the pond by Ham Gate to Richmond Park and it is now looking lovely - there have even been ducks on the pond.
We were helped on 22nd by girls from Marymount School and a few younger helpers who got stuck in laying the new footpath and clearing scrub to open up the vista to Richmond Park.
We cleaned up Ham Common Woods and helped plant 500 bluebell bulbs - volunteers gathered in Ham Gate Avenue opposite the New Inn at 10.30am. Hot drinks were provided, equipment provided.
The Annual Garden Party was held in the Orangery at Ham House. As usual Savills kindly sponsored the event.
Guests were welcomed with a drink and the weather was kind allowing them to chat in the garden.
As usual everyone mingled and exchanged ideas.
James Batten's achievements in preserving the view of St. Paul's from Richmond Park were honoured.
Jackie Taylor's many years of outstanding work and support for the H&PA were acknowledged.
As usual various sponsors donated lovely raffle prizes.
Thanks to Savills the room was cheerfully decorated and everyone enjoyed the evening.
The Ham Woods Clean-up
3rd March 2012
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The event was well supported by around 25 volunteers collecting litter along Ham Gate Avenue, Church Rd, Ham Farm Rd and throughout the whole of Ham Woods. The Richmond Council ecology department provided back up and collected the bags of litter.
Alison shows off a handful of the rubbish chucked around the woods mostly along the edges of the roadside.
Clean-up work can be fun! Pauline hands out a high-vis jacket to an eager volunteer.
Refreshments were available and our new branded banner had its first outing to make the Association's name more visible. Thanks to this two new members (recently moved into the area) signed up on the spot.
Here's a shot taken along Church Rd showing bags of litter packed and piled waiting for the Council to collect, as arranged.
Here are just a small number of the bags collected along Ham Gate Avenue: mostly aluminium beer cans and plastic water bottles flung aside regardless of the fact that litter bins are not far away.
With thanks to our youngest helper who also enjoyed himself and had a chance to practice his manual dexterity.