Some fabulous pictures and news of our lovely Green and activities that Friends of Twickenham Green do in the local community.
On a cold wet pandemic day in Twickenham, at least there was something good to report; young saplings being planted on Twickenham Green. We had originally intended to have our own volunteers assist the contractors, but current lock down restrictions, understandably ruled this out. Thanks to Parks for getting these replacement young trees in, and also to the contractors, KPS, for working in the rain. Now these have been planted, the next phase is to aerate around some of the other trees, to reduce compaction and assist growth
Defibrillator - purchase and donation appeal
The Executive Committee at its November meeting decided to purchase a public access defibrillator (PAD). The PAD would be sited at the Sainsbury store on the Green. Sainsbury have agreed to install and maintain it and will also register it with the London Ambulance Service (LAS). We are seeking donations towards the purchase from both members and businesses sited on The Green.
Currently less than 1 in 10 people survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest in the UK and for every minute that someone is in cardiac arrest without access to CPR or a defibrillator their chance of survival drops by up to 10%.
Please see further information here about the purchase and our appeal for donations.
Geoffery Morgan - Obituary
We are saddened to hear of the passing of our former Chair and life member of the Friends of Twickenham Green, Geoffery Morgan. We have published his obituary here.
So far this year, Twickenham Green was Twickenham Brown in the dry weather,— Friends of Twickenham Green (@FOTG2014) October 25, 2020
and Lake Twickenham when the rains came. Now it's Twickenham Gold, our row of lime trees look particularly stunning. Thanks to Parks and all the Friends' volunteers that keep the Green looking so good. pic.twitter.com/k6GJSL6XlT
Green flag award winners 2020!
“I am pleased to report that Twickenham Green has again been awarded Green Flag status. The award should be a pleasant reminder of all the effort and hard work that our volunteers put in, to help Parks maintain this precious landmark open space in West London. Well done to all our members.
Howard Roberts, Environment Officer, 19/10/20”
The grass may be bare, but the dispaly of colour on the green is second to none!
We our second annual clean-up morning on Sunday the 7th. We had another great turnout, with more membership enquiries from local residents who were passing by or enjoying the green.
We were happy to be joined for the litter pick by LBRUT counciller Alan Jurianz, and later by councillors Katie Mansifield and current Leader of the council Gareth Roberts having an opportunity to discuss all matters related to The Green.
Farwell to our outgoing chair Helen.
We're sad to see our Helen stepping down after completing two years diligently serving Chair for the The Friends leaving very large boots for her successor. Thanks Helen, we hope you enjoy the flowers as a token of our appreciation!
Steve Guichard, vice chair and Howard Roberts our environment office met with Nigel Gordon from the cricket club; Matt Almond from Parks, and Councillor Richard Bennet. A socially distanced meeting on The Green, for our much delayed Spring inspection. Matters discussed included the condition of the grass, the role of Park Guards, proposed future events on The Green, and ongoing maintenance. The Friends always value the attention given to our precious open space by Parks, and the involvement of stakeholder groups and local councillors.
Scammers operating on The Green
Sadly we've had a report that this scammer is back operating in the area and fleeced the debit card of a resident on the First Cross road end of The Green yesterday.
The scammer approached asking if the resident spoke French, and said he was having trouble paying for parking and asked the resident to try their card, he then used sleight of hand to steal the card, claiming it must have been stuck in the machine, minutes later £500 had been withdrawn on Twickenham High Street.
There is some good advice on this article from from February last year here on the Richmond Upon Thames Police Facebook page
Clean the Green
We had the first of our twice annual clean-up mornings on Sunday the 19th, these are normally early Spring and late Autumn but this was delayed due to the Covid-19 restrictions.
We were delighted to have some new faces join us for the clean-up despite the damp and grey start to the morning, and we happy to chat to other residents and users of the green and sign up some new members.
We were surprised to be kindly treated to a hot drink each by Zak and his team at Arthurs, thanks!
Our summer newsletter has been published you can find the latest news from our Chair and Environment Officer here https://fotg.uk/newsletters/
Vacancies - Chair & Committee
We are looking for a new Chair as our current If you can spare around an hour a week and would enjoy taking a more prominent role in the local community, do please get in touch via email on firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to talk to you about what it entails. We have a very supportive and active committee who would be delighted to work with you! If you don’t feel ready to become the Chair but would prefer to join as a committee member in the meantime, again, do get in touch.
We are happy to report that the Susex Arms and the recently opened TW2 Taproom have opened their loos to the general public.
Red arrows fly over
See the fabulous video below of the Red Arrows passing over the Green! Thanks to David Phillips for the video!
Increased usage, loos and waste
We are excited to see The Green getting so much use during the sunny days over the past few weeks. Sadly due to the current situation there are no public loos available with the local premises closed. Please be sure to plan your visit and consumption accordingly so as not to find yourself caught short. The increase in usage is also putting a strain on the bin facilities and while the parks team are doing a great job of clearing waste each day, please don't stack or place litter beside full bins, and instead walk your rubbish home with you. As a reminder there is a recycling centre conveniently located behind the cricket pavilion.
New Facebook Page
We're relaunching our Facebook page, you can find us at https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofTWGreen. Please give us a like!
New advice - Stay alert
The recently removed Chestnut tree spot has been chipped and awaiting a replacement sapling in the late autumn thanks Parks team - Photo Credit Pam Mcmillen
The rose garden behind the Twickenham Green pavilion is looking bloomin marvelous! Thanks to the Richmond Parks team.
Our spring newsletter has been published, find out more about what's been happening on The Green with the bird and bat box installation and more. This is available under the Newsletters link on the homepage or click here.
The chestnut trees are now in bloom and it's great to see everyone responsibly social distancing while using The Green to get their daily exercise.
Park Lane Stables
Our friends at Bushy Park's Park Lane Stables have been bringing cheer to those self-isolating and otherwise in lockdown with the #tinyponyatyourwindow campaign. Below Annies Whizz is walking across The Green on the way to visit some local residents making a 30 minute journey each way. You can read more about the initiative here.
Photo Credit: Howard Roberts
The Richmond Community Hub
The Richmond Community Hub has been set up to help co-ordinate the support being offered by the Council and Richmond’s voluntary organisations. It is now the first point of support for residents, particularly the elderly, vulnerable or those with underlying health needs. This helpline can also be used for other enquiries related to COVID-19, for anyone in need of support.
If you or someone you know needs this support call 0208 871 6555 or email email@example.com
More information can be found on the Council website https://www.richmond.gov.uk/community_hub
Happy New Year to you all. A very gorgeous dawn scene over our lovely Twickenham Green
Steve Guichard, Howard Roberts and Sandra Roberts delivered FoTG's food bank donation on Monday to the Richmond Food Bank run by the Trussell Trust. They were most appreciative. Here is a summary of their great work:
The Richmond Food Bank was set up first but they now have four other areas which provide the same services. They are Barnes, Isleworth, Hampton and Whitton. There is some over spill into Hounslow and but that area is generally well covered.
Caroline (volunteer) is often asked why Richmond, a very wealthy borough, has a food bank. Whilst acknowledging this she says there are pockets of need where help is provided. Last year they fed 2,500 people. They used 35 tons of food - equivalent weight of 7 elephants! Any increase is slower than other areas but the work they do is vital for a large number of people.
Over 40% of those contacting them for help have benefit problems. Accessing benefits is quite complicated. There is a lot of paperwork to complete and then they end up with a five week gap before they receive anything. This often leaves people in dire straits as they have no savings to tide them over. Although some people are in work their income is so low they cannot manage. They can apply for a loan but it is not always granted and meanwhile they have no money. This means some people go into debt. For those in an
emergency / crisis they provide vouchers - 3 vouchers over 6 months.
The food bank is one part of the help they give. They also have Citizen's Advice on site so problems can be discussed, they provide a Listening Ear and there are collection points in supermarkets. There are 200 other agencies in the borough providing help which includes: Doctors , Schools, Churches and Drug and Alcohol support groups.
Tasha Hunter (Environmental Officer) and Jane Crowther (Tree Officer from Parks), with Howard Roberts (Environment Officer, FOTG)
discussing location of bird and bat boxes on Twickenham Green. All being well, boxes will be in situ in the lime tress along First Cross Road side, some time in January
Matt Almond from Parks, Bob from Continental Landscapes, and FOTG Vice Chair, Steve Guichard, assessing the distressing damage to the grass, as a consequence of yesterday's Christmas event. Extensive work will need to be undertaken, and the costs born by the organisers. Continental Landscapes will have to await a dry spell before they can effect the repairs
FOTG Vice Chair Steve Guichard with Councillor Richard Bennett, inspecting the state of the grass on The Green:
This morning, Tuesday 5th November, on The Green, verti-draining to a depth of around 12inches. This will then be followed by sand/soil/seed dressing to help amelioration, and reduce compaction. Once the grounds have recovered Parks will then look to schedule contra-seeding, and depending on weather and ground conditions this will be carried out in November and March/April
Sadly one of the old horse chestnut trees has had to come down. It was in an advanced state of fungal decay, and was becoming unsafe. A new replacement tree will go in the same spot, some time late in the autumn
FOTG Chair, Helen Williams, with Parks Tree Officer Jane Crowther, inspecting saplings on The Green. Parks are working hard to replace trees, and involve FOTG in the consultation process
The Executive Committee at its November meeting decided to purchase a public access defibrillator (PAD).