A red-letter day for the frogs in Ellington Park

As last spring, the frogs have been making merry with a vengeance and this has resulted in masses of frog spawn in the main pond. Unfortunately, the goldfish ate much of it last year – great for the fish, not so hot for the potential frogs – and one of our supporters, Katie, came up with a solution… a nursery pond!

So, on March 14 a wonderful group of volunteers from Pfizer came into the wildlife area in the park. These lovely women and men worked very hard in trying conditions; they waded through mud in the bog garden and installed a [donated] pond liner as the ‘nursery pond’ for the frogs. Using water from the main pond, they transferred water, weeds, and spawn into the new pond – and then these kind volunteers spend several more hours scarifying around the hedging.

Our grateful thanks to everyone who worked so hard!

Now it’s up to all of us to make sure that no fish are introduced into the new pond … please keep your eyes peeled and discourage anyone you see in the wildlife area with buckets full of fish! As goldfish aren’t a native species, we tried to stop having them in the park at all. Alas, some people don’t appear to understand the concept of a ‘wildlife area’ and now they’re in, and lots of children like to feed them, so if we can keep the nursery pond fish-free, then everyone gets what they want.

May Fayre 2017!

The May Fayre will be on the 20th of May this year and we hope it will be a lovely, sunny day!

As ever, there will be loads for families to do and see;  music on the bandstand, a huge number of stalls, a bar for the grown ups, bubble football, kitz carts, a funfair, steam train rides for the children and lots more!

This year we’re bringing back the Fun Dog Show… so pamper your pooch, shampoo your shih tzu,  be-ribbon your basset, mollycoddle your mongrel – come along and see if your beloved pet can go home with a prestigious rosette! There’s a small charge, and all the money raised goes to Yasmine’s dog charity.

We’re trying to book a bus to go to and from the harbour so you can park in the Leopold Street carpark [it’s free on Saturdays] as parking can be difficult – and don’t forget that the Loop stops just near the park.

If you’d like a stall [and it’s still only £20 per 12′ pitch] and have market trader’s insurance please email friendsofellingtonpark@gmail.com for a booking form.  No more catering please.

Then all you have to do is keep your fingers crossed for sunshine!

Ellington Park being returned to its former glory!

The Friends, in partnership with Thanet District Council, have been successful in getting through stage 1 of a £1.7 million Heritage Lottery Fund bid for funds to regenerate the park.

The major things the money will pay for are Victorian railings with gates in place of the horrid breezeblock walls, resurfaced paths, the original style balustrade on the terrace replaced, a new café and toilets, a shop with heritage display area, relocated new children’s play area … and of course the beloved bandstand put back to its original condition.

We have up to 24 months [we will endeavour to make it less] to prepare the detailed plans which will then go back to HLF for any suggestions / amendments [not many we hope] and when all is agreed, work can begin.

The Friends’ committee, with help from John Walker [Ramsgate Society],  Lloyd Bore Architects [Canterbury] and Neil Camp [QS] to name but a few, have been working on this bid for nearly four years and are thrilled to see it coming to fruition.

Do please keep your eyes open for Public Meetings so you will know what’s going on!

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The Friends of Ellington Park is a committee made up of a group of local residents and park users committed to improving the facilities and environment of Ellington Park in Ramsgate, Kent.