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Author: Jorella Andrews

I am the current chair of Albion Millennium Green Trust
Thank you, Amber Tree Care!

Thank you, Amber Tree Care!

This Autumn the Friends and Trustees of Albion Millennium Green commissioned local tree surgeons Amber Tree Care to carry out a survey (a health check) of the trees on the Green. This is something that we will continue to do every couple of years. The survey indicated that one dead elm tree, three dead silver birch trees and one snapped silver birch tree would need to be felled to a short, safe height above ground level. Dead and dangerous branches…

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A Charity Workday on the Green – Thank you Pegasus Group!

A Charity Workday on the Green – Thank you Pegasus Group!

“As someone who lives in south London, I understand the importance of places like the Green and how somewhere which offers such a natural escape can be hard to come by. It is rewarding to know that the work we did will help ensure the Green continues to be enjoyed by both local residents and wildlife.” – Harry, Heritage Consultant On Friday 17th November, Claire Gayle, a Friend of Albion Millennium Green, brought ten colleagues from the Pegasus Group for…

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A Quiet May Day Celebration

A Quiet May Day Celebration

For May Day this year: a quiet celebration with Maria Strutz, who created our labyrinth in 2013 — 10 years ago! Last December it was renovated, with as little intervention as possible, by our trustee, Bruno Roubicek. After some experimentation, we decided on the simple use of gravel to better define the path. This means that if and as hot or dry weather causes the labyrinth’s grassy areas to disappear, its winding structure will still be visible and walkable. The…

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Frogs and frogspawn galore!

Frogs and frogspawn galore!

Lots of frog and frogspawn sightings in our pond – do come and take a look! These are common frogs. One way you can tell that these are frogs rather than toads is by their spawn which appears in cloudy clumps. You can find out more about telling frogs and toads apart by reading this Woodland Trust article.

Early Signs of Spring (January Workday)

Early Signs of Spring (January Workday)

On the second Saturday of each month we hold Workdays on the Green to which all are welcome. Join us at the Albion Villas Road entrance at 10.30 am, making sure you are wearing strong  shoes or boots and have a good pair of gardening gloves to protect your hands. Do also bring any small hand tools you may have. This month (as well as the usual litter-picking) we focused on clearing areas of bramble. While bramble flowers are a…

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We’ve had a 7-circuit classical labyrinth on the Green since May 2013. Local artist Maria Strutz designed it for an arts festival that was held on the Green (LEAF 2013). Maria created it using stones and twigs and it wasn’t expected to last beyond the festival. But moss and grass gradually gathered and helped stabilise the fragile structure. And Maria has given it a lot of ongoing care. In more recent years, though, with several spells of hot, dry weather,…

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Our July Butterfly Identification Walk

Our July Butterfly Identification Walk

Many thanks to Steve Bolton from Big City Butterflies for leading this fascinating event on the Green, which was open to all. The species spotted were Speckled Wood (the most common butterflies on the Green this summer) as well as Gatekeeper (pictured above), Small White and Large White. Other butterflies spotted this summer were the Holly Blue, Comma, Marbled White and the Jersey Tiger (moth).

Mud Club Fun on Albion Millennium Green!

Mud Club Fun on Albion Millennium Green!

On Saturday 9 July about 25 young Mud Club members had a day out on the Green. Mud Club is an outdoor arts and crafts session for children aged 3 and over. One of the club leaders, Ellie Weedman had this to say! “What a wonderful day we had! Our job today as a team was to put some magic into Albion Millennium Green!! We truely did! It was a magical 4 hrs of very busy fun and exploring! It…

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Easter Blossom

Easter Blossom

So much is in bloom right now. In the wooded areas of the Green are scatterings of Primroses and Bluebells. Look for the Bird Cherry, with its dangling plumes of tiny white flowers. Later, these will develop into bitter, black fruits which are good for wildlife but not for human consumption. Kingcups, also known as Marsh Marigold, are growing by the pond and we’ve also spotted a Wood Anemone, one of first of a batch planted by the Friends of…

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