Fine weather for Queen’s Park Open Gardens and Studios

A2 Olive Tree PosterTickets and programmes are available at the Reception Garden, 155, Chevening Road.

Browse the programme here

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CAPS – Combatting Air Pollution on Salusbury Road – project update

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The CAPS project has moved forward rapidly since our first posting. Brent has confirmed that they can let us use their big mobile monitoring machine either in July/August or later if we need time to agree a suitable site close to Salusbury Road. This machine measures NOX and particulate pollution from diesel by time of day. We will also hang small diffusion tubes on lampposts. The tubes record NOX only over a period.

Friends of the Earth (FOE) will help with a project in the autumn that involves children and parents. We are also liaising with Transition Town Kensal to Kilburn and Brent FOE. We have been pleased to learn that the new Mayor of London plans to launch a major consultation on combatting air pollution soon and that Brent will be consulting on a revised Air Quality Action Plan. When we have results from our monitoring project we expect to make recommendations for action by individuals, Brent, the Mayor and probably national government too.

The CAPS group met on 1st June with officers from Brent Council and national FOE in support. You can find a link to the notes of that meeting and more information about CAPS on our Environment Action Group page.

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Annual bird walk report

Fortunately the birds in the park were undeterred by overcast and windy weather that greeted the smaller than usual number of walkers that joined us on 21st May. The birds were active everywhere and altogether the five walkers spotted 17 species. It was good to see a pair of Blue Tits flying to and from a nest entered via a tiny hole in the soffit board above the café. Less surprising were another pair in a purpose-built suspended nest box in the woodland walk, close by a hole in a tree from which Parakeets were coming and going. The pitch and putt course yielded three handsome Mistle Thrushes, two Goldfinches and a Great Spotted Woodpecker which seemed to have been using the cut-off section of a newly pruned willow branch for drilling practice. Finally a quick recce of Chevening Road east produced the hoped for Swift. Here is a full list of the birds spotted.

Name Number
Blackbird 4 male and female
Chaffinch 4
Crow 4
Goldfinch 2
Blackbird 4 male and female
Chaffinch 4
Crow 4
Goldfinch 2
Gull, Herring (Black-Headed) 2
Magpie 2
Parakeet 4
Pigeon, Feral Many
Pigeon, Wood 1
Robin 2
Starling Many
Swift 1
Thrush, Mistle 5
Tit, Blue 4
Tit, Great 2
Woodpecker, Great Spotted 1 female
Wren 2

 

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Queen’s Park Open Gardens and Studios tickets on sale at Farmers Market

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This year’s Queen’s Park Open Gardens and Studios Day is on Sunday, 19th June 2016.

Tickets and programmes will be on sale tomorrow at the Farmers Market and on 12th June. Find out more about the day and where to buy tickets on the Open Gardens page of our website.

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CAPS – Combatting Air Pollution on Salusbury Road – a key QPARA initiative for 2016

3000CAPS – Combatting Air Pollution on Salusbury – is a new project for QPARA. With help from various environmental groups and the council – and  hopefully with the involvement of local schools whose children’s health is daily put at risk – we hope to start by monitoring the levels of diesel pollution on Salusbury Road.

The CAPS team will be reporting back at our monthly meetings and we will post news of our progress on the front page of our website. You can read a background paper on the Environment Action Group page of our website.

Please contact us, if you can help and or want to become involved.

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Read QPARA’s response to Brent’s Parking Consultation

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QPARA responded to Brent’s recent consultation on on-street parking and charges following a discussion between members at our May meeting. You can  read the letter we sent to Brent here: Parking consultation QPARA response May 2016

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Fab box balls – greening up Kilburn library with proceeds from QPOG&S ticket sales

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Remember to keep 19th June clear for this year’s Open Gardens and Studios.

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Join the annual QPARA bird-walk in Queen’s Park on Saturday 21st May

Please join us for a stroll through Queen’s Park and Paddington Cemetery. Meet at the park café at 9.30am. The walk will take about 90 minutes, but people can join or leave at any time. We will be looking out especially for Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers and Swifts. Bring binoculars if you have them, but if not, just bring yourself!

Male Great Spotted Woodpecker

Male Great Spotted Woodpecker

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Queen’s Park residents unhappy at rundown of Kilburn police station and the reduction in size of the Safer Neighbourhood Team

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Following a discussion on policing at the April monthly meeting, QPARA Chair, Janis Denselow, has written to complain that the absence of a police presence in the area makes it difficult to work together for a safer London.

Police complaint  24 Apr 16

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Tickets on sale for Much Ado About Nothing in Queen’s Park on 2nd July

SITS logo-864x318Back in March QPARA made donations of £1,000 each to seven organisations supporting the local community. See this item for more information. One of the organisations is Shakespeare in the Squares, a not-for-profit touring theatre company that will stage a Shakespeare play in London garden squares for one night in each venue every Summer.

The 2016 production is Much Ado About Nothing. 

The production will be a creative, ambitious, site-responsive project that places this remarkable play at the heart of the communities to which it travels, in the great tradition of Shakespearean touring companies. The play will be set at the end of the First World War and the action transferred to the venues where it is performed. The sense of community within the play will be echoed by a night of music, celebration and food.
The performance in Quuen’s Park will start at 7pm on Saturday 2nd July. Tickets are available now.
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