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Free compost, green living and nature walks

Free compost, green living and nature walks

Walpole Park, Ealing

A giveaway of free compost will take place at Walpole Park in Ealing as part of a Green Living event. A number of events will also be held in the next month, to help you learn about the plants, animals and birds in our parks.

The Green Living day on Saturday, 6 May will include seed and plant swaps, green crafts, recycling and composting information and will run from 10am-2pm, but with an earlier start for those who want to grab some free compost.

The compost giveaway will begin at 8am. You can take up to two loads of compost from 8am-12noon (unrestricted after 12pm if any is left) – a load is considered to be one full wheelbarrow or the equivalent. This is to make sure everyone gets a fair opportunity to collect some compost.

You can enter via the western,  Mattock Lane entrance (with the gate).

The main event, from 10am-2pm, aims to show residents how to reduce their environmental impact and live more sustainably. It will include seed and plant swaps; green crafts for children, including weaving with dogwood; free Dr Bike cycling maintenance; and advice and tips from representatives from the Friends of Pitzhanger Manor House & Gallery and Walpole Park, and Transition Town, Ealing.

That is not all…

There are lots of other ways to learn about green living and the environment during other events at Walpole Park. On Saturday, 20 May there will be a ‘Living Medicines’ walk, meeting at the Rickyard from 11am, when you can take a walk with a plant and herbalist expert and find out what plants can help your health and heal – and there will be some practical demonstrations back at the Rickyard.

The park’s regular bird survey walks will run next on 20 May at 8am. You meet at the Rickyard in the park. You don’t have to have any bird-spotting skills to be able to join in because there will be experts on hand to help you spot and count the local birds.

Bat monitoring walks are running too, meeting at the Rickyard, to monitor and watch our local bats. The next one is on Thursday, 11 May at 8.30pm. These will continue to run each month.

Lastly, a summer tree walk will be on Saturday, 10 June, meeting at the Rickyard at 10am, to look at the trees in leaf and learn about their origins and importance to biodiversity.

For more information on the park, visit the council’s website.