Hello to autumn! Some glorious colours are already starting to be seen in Rowntree Park as autumn arrives. It's our AGM on Thursday October 13th 7pm in the cafe. All members are welcome to attend this open meeting - we love to see new faces!
Hello to autumn!
Rowntree Park Gifts
We are pleased to share that we will be selling some new Rowntree Park merchandise in the lead up to Christmas - perfect as gifts or for yourself! What we have:
Hello Autumn Event
Thank you to all who came to our 'Hello Autumn' event in September. We had fun doing apple pressing, apple peeling, finding out about types of apples in our orchard, scything, and some crafts. The jam and cake table was very popular! As well as a lovely community event, we raised around £300 which is fantastic. A huge thanks to Abundance York for coming along too. Abundance organise fruit picking and sharing events, making sure fruit across the city doesn't go to waste!
Older children and Rowntree Park
Don't forget to encourage any 10-16 year old boys and girls to complete our online survey. Their views can really make a difference! You can access that here.
You can read about our 'Make Space for Us' project here. The main project is linked to older girls, but other groups will hopefully benefit from any changes made too. We have been featured by charity Make Space for Girls on their recent blog, and our work so far referred to in some new research on parks and older girls.
Park closing times
The park is currently opened in the morning by a council worker and closed in the evening by a security firm, on behalf of the council. Some of you may have noted it's very dark when the park is closing at present (10pm!) This will change soon to 5.30pm - we are just awaiting an update when this will start. Once we know, we will share on social media. The council also tend to put signs on the gates, so do check and avoid getting locked in!
The GeeseAs mentioned in our last newsletter, the goose population has massively increased this year - along with the poo! There is now goose poo in areas its never been before! We are aware goose poo doesn't make the park that inviting. The 'geese' is often a discussion we have with the council, looking at what they can do and also things our volunteers may be able to do. The good news is that we have a group of people interested in reforming the 'goose maintenance team' and they are inviting others to get involved. This team will explore a range of humane ideas and options to try and improve the situation in the park. If you are interested in getting involved, register interest here. As it stands, volunteers don't remove the poo but look at ways to make the park less inviting to geese.
What are we currently doing: