Festival planned for park

June 28 2021

Members of the Friends of Emersons Green Park, who are organising the festival, at a recent orchard workshop

Members of the Friends of Emersons Green Park, who are organising the festival, at a recent orchard workshop

A FESTIVAL is being planned to bring together the people of Emersons Green and Lyde Green.
The Three Greens Festival, which would take place on September 25, is the idea of volunteer group the Friends of Emersons Green Park.
The festival’s name comes from the names of the two areas and a green environmental theme, with the motto: “Emersons Green and Lyde Green celebrate our relationship with the Earth.”
The friends group is planning to start the event with a fancy dress parade, beginning with two “streams”, one from Emersons Green and one from Lyde Green, which will meet in the park.
The parade will have a theme of sustainable transport and organisers are looking for walkers, runners, cyclists, scooters and electric forms of transport to take part.
Once in the park there will be events and stalls on the theme of our relationship with the earth.
The festival will also include discovery walks led by local naturalist Ed Drewitt, including an early morning walk round Lyde Green Common.
There will also be displays highlighting the fruit and veg harvest, wildflowers, areas of local natural interest, music, local history and much more.
More details will revealed in the run-up to the event, with workshops being organised to help people prepare to take part.
Lead organiser Chris Sunderland said: “It has been a long haul through the pandemic, but plans are now being laid to bring the Emersons and Lyde communities together in a celebration.
“Many of us are longing to express being a community again, and what better way to do that than to recognise all that we are doing to improve our interaction with the natural world?
“Many people reported getting out and about on local paths during the lockdowns, and they discovered what a rich natural environment we live in.
“The park is itself a delightful mix of formal and informal areas. The western side has its towering oaks and ash, the stream and ponds, and so many wildflowers.
“The Friends group recently surveyed the wildflowers and found 65 different varieties on just the park and common.”
Friends of Emersons Green Park started ten years ago when a small group of volunteers persuaded the council to let them plant a community orchard, which now includes apple, pear, plum and peach trees along with fruit bushes of “every different sort of berry you can think of”.
Chris said: “You will find red grapes growing around green alder, kiwi and thornless blackberry, all for the community to pick and enjoy as they ripen.”
For information on the group visit friendsofemersonsgreen
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