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Newsletter July 2024

Newsletter July 2024

Dear Friends,

“Swing weather” seems an appropriate term to describe a cold, grey and blustery start to June, to be followed by a sudden heat wave, only to swing back to grey and cool. Each bringing their own challenges to gardeners, and our endeavours looking after the prom. Still, there is always plenty to do and June saw no slowing down of us “promming”.

June highlights

June started with a bang as sunflower planting day arrived. We counted close to 200 plants, carefully brought up at home by volunteers and residents alike. So-Shan masterminded the event and had picked areas for sunflower impact. Now we have Raven’s View Garden benefitting from sunflower height, the Palace Road sun deck flanked by some giant varieties, a sunflower rainbow at the end of Figgy Garden, and a sunflower meadow at Spaghetti Junction (perhaps appropriately to be renamed Sunflower Junction). The enthusiasm with which this has been carried out was great to witness and the way it brought a community together was simply wonderful again.

Weeding and watering were carried out to show off the beauty of our planted-up areas and Michael has again artfully applied his pruning skills to select shrubs. The Italian Garden is perhaps the highlight of the month; just a little over a year old it has developed a gorgeous abundance of colour and sensuality, a joy every time you walk past.

A 14-strong team from E.surv Chartered Surveyors were granted a day off work to do some corporate volunteering. With a lot of elbow grease and a can-do attitude, they cleared an entire section along Spaghetti Junction of weeds. It goes to show what a focused effort can achieve in just a few hours. Well done and thank you Laura and team, and thanks also to Glendale for the green waste trailer!

Phil represented QPF at the new Mayor’s Civic Service, held at All Saint’s Church in Kingston. Cllr Liz Green has chosen to focus her mayoral year on the need for and good work that voluntary groups do to our communities and neighbourhood. As such, her chosen charity is Habitats & Heritage, who we have worked with earlier this year and who will become more involved in Kingston’s voluntary sector this year. A very welcome development and thank you Rev Moffat for involving QPF in your service.

  • The first of three infrastructure improvement projects along the promenade started last week. The bandstand platform is being refurbished, a new ground being laid and the dilapidated steps leading up to it repaired. Once the works are complete we can apply our finishing touches to it by repainting the benches on the platform. That will finish the redesign of the entire Bandstand Garden which we started a year ago. Thank you RBK for agreeing to our pleas for the structural works and their funding.

July in focus at QPF

In order to start the mayoral charity fundraising, a treasure hunt (Kingston Clue Quest) is being organised through Kingston for Saturday 6 July. The first teams will start from outside the Pocket Park on the Queen’s Promenade, the hunt finishes at the Canbury Garden bandstand. If you are interested in participating, book a ticket here: Kingston’s clue quest – www.kingston.gov.uk

We will also finish off the entrance to the woodland trail with a low-key fence which is in keeping with the area. Tom Hooker, designer of our arch, will help us again in this spot.

We have agreed with the RBK Green Spaces team that, once the current Bandstand Garden refurb is done, we will sand down and repaint the five benches on the platform. The aim is to further cheer up this once dingy part of the prom and thereby increase its appeal and overall safety.

New joiners

As our group of active volunteers keeps expanding, we have discussed at recent committee how to maintain overall focus. Whilst we are happy to welcome new members into the wider QPF community, we will pause taking on new active volunteers for the time being.

Last but not least

Please remember to check our various social media sites for regular updates. For any donations to the Queen’s Promenade Friends please see our QR code below or contact us directly.

Looking forward to seeing you on the promenade.

Stefan

Chair, Queen’s Promenade Friends

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