We had lots of stall holders selling everything from jams and preserves to teddy bears, (including stalls raising money for charity). The Woodcraft Folk were back showing how to cook on an open fire and doing various crafts with the children. Our Beekeepers did an excellent display and were on hand to answer questions and Thames 21 did some pond and river dipping and showed us what was living there. And we had the usual tea, cakes, and BBQ plus lots of kids activities. It was an excellent day!
It’s a lovely little river with seemingly more wildlife every year. Baby moorhens were spotted last week and in the past I’ve seen ducks living on it and little fish swimming in the various pools. There’s a kingfisher nearby, water voles have been spotted on it’s banks and there are countless insects and birds. As well as being a great asset for wildlife, it’s also a fantastic amenity for us. I’ve often stood and watched it with my daughter, played pooh sticks and gathered brambles from it’s banks.
The river clearly appears on maps and aerial photographs, but I have yet to find any – including fluvial maps – that name the river. But I think it’s probably the South Norwood Stream. I know it flows through (or starts) in South Norwood Country Park.
What I find amazing is that our little river eventually flows into the Thames at Deptford Creek. Before that it joins firstly with the Chaffinch Brook at Clockhouse Road, then joins the River Beck to form the Pool River. The Pool River joins the Ravensbourne at Catford Bridge and then the Quaggy at Lewisham. The map slows the river catchment.
Co-incidently I also found out about the Three Rivers Clean-up project. Now in it’s third year, this project aims to remove invasive plant species, complement work to naturalise as much of the river catchment as possible and give volunteers and opportunity to explore and improve hidden parts of the area. The third clean up starts on Monday 17 June and runs for three weeks. They will be working on our river on Tuesday 18 June, both in the allotment and in Maberley Park. Follow their latest activity on their Twitter feed @3rcu
I’m looking forward to our Annual Open Day next week. As well as being able to tour our site, visit the wildlife garden there will be our wide range of regular stalls and events such as the Dog agility show, Bee demonstration, bouncy castle, Morris and Clog dancing, craft stalls, plant sales, Bodging demonstration, candle rolling, raffle and home made cakes. This year we’re also pleased to be having the Bromley Woodcraft Folk along to do woodcraft and cookery demonstrations (find out more about them at Bromley woodcraft folk).
The Open Day is on Sunday 19th May at 11am – 3pm. It’s free entry and there’s something for everyone. Hope to see you there!