Parklife Autumn

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Parklife

September – November 2021

Discover & Explore...

FOX PLAY

YOUR COMMUNITY

GREENSPACE

10 YEARS OF

VOLUNTEERING

Autumn

WHAT’S ON

GUIDE


Welcome

to the autumn edition of Parklife!

It’s been another busy summer in the Park with the sunshine

and lifting restrictions bringing huge numbers of visitors

to explore the many Park areas and activities on offer. The

team at Nene Outdoors have been very busy hiring out

paddlesports and booking in campers to the new campsites

there and they are now getting ready to welcome more

schools and groups back.

We are looking ahead to the next few months which will see

the opening of our new play area, Fox Play; the start of our

Heritage Lottery funded project Your Community Greenspace;

the celebration of 10 years of volunteering and of course all

the stunning autumn colours across the Park. You can read

more about all these things in Parklife and don’t forget to take

a look at our What’s on guide to find out about all the events

happening over the next few months, including our Autumn

Festival over October half term.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Park soon!

The Nene Park Trust team

Front cover image credit

- Tony Martin

Ham Farm House, Ham Lane,

Peterborough PE2 5UU

E: visitor.services@neneparktrust.org.uk

T: 01733 234193 www.nenepark.org.uk

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Green gifting

We’re committed to reducing our

environmental footprint at Nene Park and

this extends to the gift shop where there’s

a move towards toys made of more

sustainable materials such as wood,

cardboard, and recycled plastics. Other

eco-conscious products include the

range of stainless-steel drinks bottles

from One Green Bottle. These longlasting

bottles are designed to last a

lifetime. Included in the range are

insulated bottles to keep drinks

hot or cold for longer, with many

of them featuring a built-in

straw. Pop in and take a look!

DISCOVER

Station Master’s garden

Over the last few years, as part of the Nenescape Landscape

Partnership scheme, staff and volunteers have been busy

restoring Station Master’s Garden at Castor. It is now a lovely

place to stop and have a quiet moment, sitting on one of the

handmade benches and enjoying the planting, fruit trees and

abundant wildlife there. Go and take a visit when you’re next

out for a walk in the Rural Estate and enjoy some moments of

quiet reflection.

You can find out more about the garden’s restoration

and history on our new interpretation board there.

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#NeneParkArt

Sculpture spotlight!

Each Parklife issue we will be asking a volunteer or staff

member to talk about one of their favourite sculptures

from the Peterborough Sculpture Collection.

For our first spotlight, we asked Louise, Project

Development Officer (Arts) to choose a sculpture.

‘One of my favourite sculptures within the Thorpe

Meadows Sculpture Trail is Untitled, 1989 by the Artist

Miles Davies. The artwork is made of interlocking iron

pieces and can be discovered on the north path. To me,

the sculpture acts like a series of doorways that frame

different views. The rectangular shapes echo the shape

of the rowing lake and the grid of roadways that pass

nearby, but the deliberate aging and rusting of the

sculpture’s surface also remind me of the rich history of

the site with a constant movement of people through

the area that can be traced back over 2000 years to the

Bronze Age.’

Have you seen this sculpture? Maybe you have

walked through the doors and seen the framed views

yourself? Share a photo of you exploring the sculpture

#NeneParkArt or tell us about your own favourite artwork

by emailing louise.thirlwall@neneparktrust.org.uk

You can find out more information about the

Thorpe Meadows Sculpture Trail and the

Peterborough Sculpture Collection on our website at

www.nenepark.org.uk/peterborough-sculpture-collection

Fundraising update

Just tap to give!

We are very excited and pleased to say we now have

contactless giving at Nene Park; a brand new way to

donate and support the work of Nene Park Trust and the

Park you love.

Find our Nene Park heart at Ferry Meadows in the Visitor

Centre window. It is very simple to use…

Take a payment card of your choice; hold it up against the

window in front of the card reader for a few seconds. You

will see a ‘thank you’ once the donation has processed and

that is it!

Each donation is £3 and goes directly to support the Trust

in maintaining our greenspaces for for the benefit of

wildlife and our visitors.

A big thank you for prizes donated to our

Big Summer Hunt challenge this year:

Your feedback matters!

In the Park we’re always keen to hear positive and constructive

feedback which will help us continue to improve the Park for all.

Next time you visit the Park, how about filling in a comment card in the

Visitor Centre OR going onto our website to leave us your feedback at

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SQPX9SJ

We also really appreciate feedback on

Trip Advisor, Google and Facebook.

Thank you for taking the time to do this.

Parklife survey

We’re keen to know what you think of

Parklife magazine.

What do you like and what would you

like to see more of? How can we make sure it is full

of the Park news and features that you would like

to read or listen to?

Please let us know by completing our Parklife

survey here: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XTST9J3

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WELCOME

TO OUR NEW CHAIR

Jackie Bland

This summer, our new Chair

of Trustees, Jackie Bland

officially took up the role

and here she reflects on

this role and how important

Nene Park is to her.

I can’t think of a role

that I would rather

have than Chair of

Nene Park Trust.

I can’t think of a role that I would rather

have than Chair of Nene Park Trust.

This unique and beautiful Park has been

an integral part of my life since 1994,

when I moved to Peterborough to take

up a new role. Since then I’ve walked,

cycled, camped, canoed and run

charity events, using all areas of the

Park and its lovely Rural Estate.

I’ve guided visually impaired

people, and pushed my friends

and family who are wheelchair

users along its unusually

accessible lakeside paths.

I’ve brought my four

children and then eight

grandchildren to enjoy

the playgrounds and

open spaces; I’ve even

moored my boat

overnight on Nene

Park Trust’s moorings,

waking up in the

early morning to the

peace and quiet with

just waterfowl and

fish for company.

Perhaps best of all

I have enjoyed the

wildlife; flocks of

geese noisily arriving

first thing, tiny frogs emerging from

the lakes in spring, nesting swans, and

seagulls sitting about on the ice on

those sharp frosty and snowy days that

bring a stark frozen beauty to the Park.

I know that everyone at Nene Park

Trust, from our staff and dedicated

volunteer teams to my fellow Trustees,

take enormous pride in creating an

organisation, and a community of

people who make all these experiences,

and many more, possible for every

visitor we welcome here.

As we look to the future we already

have plans to invest even more in

caring for our natural environment and

providing more exciting opportunities

for leisure, recreation, education,

culture and sport.

We are also excited about offering

the Park, and the organisational skills

and resources we have developed, to

support individual and community

health and wellbeing.

For me, it will be a tremendous honour

and pleasure, (and no doubt sometimes

a challenge!) to support this incredible

Nene Park Trust community as we strive

to further improve, develop and thrive.

As Jackie takes on her new role, we also said goodbye

to longstanding Chair Jon Marsden and trustees Colin

Prosser and Allan Simpson. Thank you to them all for

their hard work and dedication over the years.

Reopening Longthorpe Tower

Longthorpe Tower opened its doors to the public

again on 10 July, after day to day management

changed hands from Vivacity to Nene Park Trust.

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Since then, there has been a steady

stream of visitors, coming to see the

fascinating medieval wall paintings with

our team of dedicated and enthusiastic

volunteers sharing their knowledge, bringing

the remarkable paintings to life.

Longthorpe Tower will remain open to visitors

on Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4.30pm until the

end of October and will then close for the winter,

reopening again next spring.

Find out more about visiting the tower and

book your 1-hour visit at

www.nenepark.org.uk/longthorpe-tower


INTRODUCING OUR NEW PLAY AREA AT LAKESIDE

FOX PLAY

Throughout the summer, construction of our new play area, Fox Play has been continuing

apace and we’re excited that it’s on track to be completed and open at the end of September.

At the point of writing, the play area is

starting to take shape with many of the

play features visible on site including

the forest fountains, the zip wire, the

play tunnel, stone climbing stack and

swing frames. We can already see how

exciting the play area will be for all our

visitors and are looking forward to its

completion.

Please keep an eye on our website and

social media for news of an opening

date.

Key facts about the play area:

Inclusivity features:

Inclusivity has been important

to the play area design from the

beginning. We wanted to create an

adventurous play space which offers

play opportunities for a wide range of

ages and abilities. Some key accessible

features of the play area include:

● A wheelchair accessible

wobbly bridge

● A hand pump in the ‘water forest’

operated at child / seated height and

on a concrete surface

● A wide slide that an adult

can assist a child to slide down

● A 4-seater seesaw so an

adult can sit with a child

● A range of swings including

an upright seat

● Natural sensory material such as

water, sand, stone and wood used

throughout the playground

● 230m of new, level, surfaced paths

between equipment and to the wider

park allowing better access

● A range of seating in and around the

play area, including in a quieter

shaded area

● Close proximity to the car park

and toilets, including the accessible

changing facility at Nene Outdoors.

Environmental features:

Right from the start of the Fox Play

project we have been keen to ensure

that the design and construction are as

environmentally-friendly as possible.

Fox Play has a nature-inspired aesthetic

and uses natural materials, landscaping

and planting. We have also discussed

Issues such as water consumption

as part of the project concept, and

carried out independent archaeological,

arboriculture and ecological surveys

to inform the design and construction.

Some key features are as follows:

● Trees - 22 trees of 5 different

species will be planted

● Plants - 1574 new plants of 17 different

species, including nectar rich and

fruiting plants, which are good for

wildlife will be planted

● Turf - purchased from a provider

who does not use peat

● Water play - water is activated

via pumps and sprays, chosen to

lower the amount of water

used. All spent water will drain

into adjacent planting, which will

help with their growth

● Timber - play equipment has

been accredited by the PEFC

(Programme for the

Endorsement of Forest

Certification). Construction

timber is sustainably sourced

● Concrete and aggregates -

sourced as locally as possible

● Old play bark - the play bark

from the old Lakeside Play area

was collected by the Trust for

reuse as mulch around the Park.

Thank you to our generous

funders, FCC Communities

Foundation and Viridor Credits

Environmental Company, who

have made it possible for us to

construct this exciting play area.

Drawing competition!

Throughout the summer we have been running a drawing competition for 3-12 year olds where they have been invited to send

in a drawing or painting of themselves ‘enjoying Fox Play’. We are hoping that the winning entries will be on display in the Park

at the time of the play area opening. Keep your eyes on our website and social media for news of the winners!

We hope you enjoy visiting Fox Play. Let us know what you think!

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A decade of

volunteering

at Nene Park

Trust

It is hard to believe that we have been welcoming

volunteers to Nene Park Trust for the last ten

years. Where has the time gone?

Over the last decade, volunteers have

become integral to the day-to-day

running of Nene Park Trust. We can

do more for our visitors and wildlife

because of their dedicated support

and we can’t thank them enough!

Let’s go back to the beginning...

Just over ten years’ ago, Nene

Park Trust started to think

about working with and

alongside volunteers and

conservation volunteering

seemed a good place to start.

The very first session took

place on 5 October 2011.

The day of the first session

arrived and we were a bit

nervous. Would the volunteers

turn up? What would they be

like? Would they like it? Within

five minutes, the volunteers’

enthusiasm, hard work and

banter was plain to see and

we haven’t looked back

since. We were up and running with a team

of 5 volunteers.

Due to its popularity, conservation

volunteering expanded rapidly from one

session a month to now three session a

week. We now have over 60 conservation

volunteers and this is by far our most popular

volunteer role at the Trust. These volunteers

support the Park Management Team with

the day to day upkeep and maintenance of

the Park. Over the years they have helped

replace the Boardwalk in Bluebell Wood,

coppiced hazel and willow, felled and planted

trees, and cut, raked and burned reeds on

Ham Mere, to name but a few tasks. Perhaps

you have seen our volunteers in their blue

polo shirts and fleeces working hard in and

around Nene Park.

New volunteer roles have followed over

the years and we now have 150 volunteers

supporting us across 17 roles. We are very

proud that we still have a good number of

our original volunteers as well as making new

volunteers very welcome.

Here is what some of our volunteers say about their

volunteering experience at Nene Park Trust:

Rachel Hill said “I am a

conservation volunteer. We meet

every two weeks for conservation

projects throughout the Park. I’ve

been part of the team since last

summer and I really enjoy it. You don’t

always know what you’re going to be

doing till you get there (sometimes it’s

weather dependent!) but I really love getting

stuck in and seeing the difference a small group

of us can make to an area in just a few hours. It’s

great to meet people from all walks of life and I’d

recommend getting involved to anyone.”

Lilian Paine said “We are

fortunate to have such a

beautiful park, so to give

something back makes me

feel happy. A friend asked

about becoming a volunteer

and what it was like and

my reply was that it’s great

camaraderie and banter

and also a great sense of

achievement. I look forward

to the variety of roles and

have met some lovely

people.”

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Thank you

so much

to all our

volunteers,

past and

present –

you bring

so much to

the Park.

Education volunteers support our

youngest visitors in Nature Tots sessions.

Volunteer Rangers patrol across the Nene

Park estate; they are our eyes and ears in

the Park, reporting any issues to the Duty

Rangers.

Wildlife Survey volunteers go out on their

weekly walks looking for birds, butterflies,

moths and wildflowers. This is vital work

in understanding the biodiversity within

Nene Park and helps us plan for the Park’s

future.

Visitor Centre and Deli/Farm shop

volunteers play an important role, as they

are very much the face of Nene Park Trust

helping our visitors with enquires and

selling merchandise and products.

Audio volunteers record readings of

our written publications to make them

accessible for those who would prefer to

listen to our news rather than read it!

Our Hit Squad work with our Park

Management Team on more specialist

Park maintenance tasks.

Other volunteer roles include

Photography, Firewood, Woodcrafts,

Events, Administration, Longthorpe

Tower Guide Leaders and

Housekeepers, Nene Outdoors and

Woodlands site support. And the

opportunities will continue to grow!

Over the years, we have tried hard to

create a sense of community among

Nene Park Volunteers. We do not take

our volunteers for granted and are

extremely grateful for their time, energy

and expertise; we offer volunteers

training courses to upskill within their

volunteer roles. It is great to be

able to offer our volunteers a

chance to meet other volunteers

from different roles and so over

the years we have been on visits to

National Trust sites, looked behind

the scenes at other Country Parks,

held quizzes and curry nights,

offered dawn chorus and bat walks

and more recently held a picnic

and rounders match on Coney

Meadow. A firm favourite with our

volunteers is the annual summer

BBQ and Christmas meal.

We look forward to the next 10 years

and the growth of volunteering

opportunities in the Park, through the

Your Community Greenspace project.

Carol Rosbrook

said “It’s lovely

to hear people

around the Park

say ‘thank you’

for what you

are doing to

keep the Park

clean and tidy. I

often get asked

what it is like

volunteering at

Nene Park Trust.”

In 2019 we were proud to be awarded the

Investing in Volunteers quality standard

mark where our work in volunteer

management was assessed and recognised.

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COMING SOON...

We are very pleased to announce that we have been

awarded £1,965,000 from the National Lottery Heritage

Fund towards the delivery of our ambitious £3 million,

5 year project Nene Park: Your CommunityGreenspace.

This is wonderful news as we have been developing

this project for almost 4 years - the last 18 months

supported by Heritage Fund funding - and finally

we can now deliver this transformative project

for the Park and the Trust. Look out for lots

of exciting activities, opportunities and

infrastructure improvements in the coming

months and years.

Your Community Greenspace has been developed from

consultation with current and potential visitors, an

understanding of activities and infrastructure within in the Park

where we have reached capacity, and a genuine desire to follow

through on the Trust’s charitable objective to help improve

people’s health and wellbeing.

With funding made

possible by players of

the National Lottery, Your

Community Greenspace has

three key themes:

● Empowering and engaging

our communities to help

conserve the natural heritage of

Nene Park.

● Building bridges with

the multi-cultural

communities of

Peterborough to make

Ferry Meadows an

inclusive community hub.

● Improving physical

and mental health and

wellbeing through nurturing

connections with nature and

the outdoors.

These themes will be delivered

through building our capacity

in two key areas. Firstly, we will

develop our volunteering offer

to provide more opportunities

to engage with the Park, and

secondly, we will implement an

expanded events and activities

programme co-created with

local communities that truly

reflects the culture of modern

Peterborough.

We will undertake a suite of

much-need infrastructure

improvement works to ensure the

park is resilient and welcoming

to increasing numbers of visitors.

This includes the replacement

of Pontoon Bridge, an iconic

landmark of the Park that is

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eaching its end-of-life, and

refreshing the welcome area

and toilets close to the

Visitor Centre.

But that is not all. The project

will allow us to offer training

and vital work experience to

three apprentices who will

work closely with our Rangers

to learn essential landscape /

habitat management skills. We

will form a volunteer Project

Support Group to help steer

the direction of the project.

And we will develop sustainable

transport opportunities to

support groups getting to and

around Nene Park.

KEY MILESTONES DURING THE PROJECT INCLUDE:

● Project start – October 2021

● Project staff recruited - March 2022

● Companion walks started – April 2022

● Youth panel set up – October 2022

● Pontoon Bridge replaced and

Welcome area refreshed – March 2023

● Community World Garden planted – April 2023

● Sustainable transport initiatives begun –

April 2023

● Guided cycling started – June 2023

● Volunteer space extended – October 2023

● Ham Mere improved - March 2025

Your Community Greenspace

will be far reaching; improving

and transforming Nene Park

to meet the needs of the many

communities of Peterborough

and helping improve physical

and mental health and

wellbeing for all as we recover

from Covid-19. We are really

looking forward to delivering

this exciting project. Look out

for project updates in future

editions of Parklife.

New meeting room and event space -

Lynch Lake Community Hub

Situated in the heart of Ferry

Meadows, our new Lynch Lake

Community Hub provides a flexible

indoor-outdoor meeting venue in a

great central location. The Hub is now

available to book for meetings, public

facing events, or as a creative studio

space. Situated half way between the

Visitor Centre and Nene Outdoors it

also provides a great base for family

get-togethers. For more information

visit the venue hire page on our

website or email visitor.services@

neneparktrust.org.uk

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this autumn

Corporate experiences & team building days

Nene Outdoors can provide an exciting selection of group activities and team building

opportunities that can help your team rebuild relationships that may have suffered during

the months of remote working.

Get your school out!

Do get in touch to discuss whether you

would like us to lead a curriculumfocused

session for your group

or whether taking part in some

adventurous activities to encourage

year group bonding is more what you’re

after. From studying the river or using

map skills to having a go at climbing or

paddlesports, there is something to suit

everyone at Nene Outdoors.

Our staff will work with you to discuss

the desired outcomes from the activities

you choose. For example, if you were

hoping to encourage communication

within your team we might suggest

orienteering or problem solving. If you

were hoping to build determination

skills, we might suggest kayaking

or mountain biking. We can also

recommend activities based on the

physicality of your team.

For those wanting a more tailored

team building experience, our staff can

provide a half or full day programme of

land and water-based activities which

will facilitate learning and team bonding

through challenges and competition.

We’re looking forward to welcoming more school

groups back to the Park throughout the autumn too.

Hire a room with a view!

Did you know that we have a stunning meeting room overlooking

Gunwade Lake which can be booked for work meetings or family

gatherings? Lakeside meeting room is the perfect venue for getting

people face to face again after a long time apart this year.

Over a year of working at home has had

a significant impact on staff wellbeing

and team morale in most organisations,

with employees feeling isolated, stressed

and missing the usual office camaraderie.

Whilst video meetings have offered a great

substitution, there is no question that remote

working has challenged us all. With restrictions on

social contact now lifted, businesses, organisations

and family groups can start getting back together

again for some much over-due face-to-face meetings

and social events.

Lakeside Meeting Room is a unique venue for meetings

and events, situated within Nene Outdoors at the heart of

Nene Park in Peterborough, and can be utilised in a number

of different ways; from team meetings, talks and seminars to a

venue for staff or family parties.

The room can accommodate a number of meeting styles and

complimentary use of our IT equipment, projector and screen is

provided. A range of food and beverage options are available through

Meadow Brown, our onsite catering partner, and all room hire packages

include free self-service tea and coffee. You’ll also benefit from stunning views

over Gunwade Lake, and access to a private decked veranda overlooking the water.

Room hire rates vary from just £40

per hour to £180 for a full day. To find

out more, just email the team at nene.

outdoors@neneparktrust.org.uk


Three birds

to spot in

the Park

Our ranger Terry

shares his knowledge

of birds and gives you

three birds to look

out for this autumn.

Hobby

Look to the sky to spot this

fast agile raptor. The Hobby is

a kestrel-sized falcon and has

slightly longer wings to help with

its dashing flight. It sometimes

resembles a giant swift from a

distance. It hunts large insects

like dragonflies and small birds

like house martins and sand

martins.

They can sometimes be spotted

hunting sand martins around

Lynch Lake, where we have the

sand martin nesting banks - but

keep your eyes peeled as they

are fast!

Jay

Around this time of year Jays

are busy collecting acorns and

will be stashing them away for

winter, sometimes caching away

up to 5000 acorns!

They do this by burying them

in the ground and returning to

them when food is scarce in

the winter. Obviously they don’t

find them all and that’s good

for the oak tree, as the acorns

will be in the ground ready for

germinating the following year.

Jays are normally very elusive

but you sometimes catch a

glimpse of the back of them as

they fly away with their white

rump clearly visible. In autumn

they become easier to spot as

they look for acorns.

Swallow

The swallow will be migrating

back to Africa in the autumn,

most leaving around the end

of September. It takes up to

six weeks to get there but you

should still be able to see them

up until early October in

the Park.

They can be seen on both Coney

& Oak Meadow and on all three

of our lakes flying acrobatically

and quite low to the ground

hunting for flying insects.

Fun Facts

● The scientific name for a Hobby

is “Falco Subbuteo” and it

was borrowed by the table top

football game creator after the

trademark office declined his

application to call it ‘Hobby’.

● Hobbies do not make their own

nests. They purposely arrive in

the UK a little later than other

migrants so they can use crow

nests when the crow chicks have

already left the nest.

● Hobbies catch their prey on the

wing and sometimes eat while

flying too!

A good place to see them here

in the Park is on Oak Meadow

beneath the oak trees.

Fun Facts

● Jays will sit on ant nests

and let the ants crawl all over

their body! This is to help clear

parasites that may be on

the bird.

● Jays will sometimes mimic the

sounds of other birds if they feel

threatened. They can imitate

Tawny Owls, Sparrow hawks and

sometimes even cats!

● In the 19th century the bright

blue wing feathers were a

common fashion accessory and

sometimes whole dresses were

made with them!

Although they resemble swifts

they are not even distantly

related to them.

Fun Facts

● It takes a swallow up to 1500

visits to build a nest and only the

female lines the nest.

● Swallows always drink on the

wing, flying low to sip water.

● Swallows belong to the

Hirundininae species which

include sand & house martins.

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Share Farming update

Craig and Ryan Baxter, our farmers on the

Nene Park Rural Estate, give us an update

on what’s been happening on the farm.

The lambs born in the spring are

thriving. The rain throughout the

season has seen the grass grow well,

giving the lambs and their mums

plenty to eat. Of course, mild and

humid weather does pose another

challenge for sheep – maggots. This

is where blow flies lay eggs in the

fleeces of sheep, which then hatch

into maggot larvae that feed on

the skin of the sheep. Being out

and around the sheep every

day allows us to identify any

cases at an early stage, at

which point the best thing

to do is often to shear

the sheep, removing any

maggots from the skin

and reducing the risk of

a repeat as there is no

wool into which eggs

could be laid.

The newly established

herd of Ruby Red

Devon cattle are out

grazing on Tumuli

field alongside the

river. Ruby Red Devons

are a native breed

originating from

the West Country.

They have a docile

temperament, are

renowned for their

foraging ability and the

premium Ruby Red Beef

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You can see the video that we made at

www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY57Eb7yNZM

they produce. This breed is therefore

well suited to our extensive, grassbased

system. The offspring will

be slow grown at grass, and we

hope will provide local produce

of fantastic quality which will be

available through The Lakeside Farm

shop in due course. The cattle have

been sourced from pedigree farms in

Huntingdon, Worcester and Devon

and the addition of Admiral, the Ruby

Red Bull, should see calves being

born on the Rural Estate from mid-

April 2022.

Hay making took place in July, an

important part of environmental land

management. This land provides food

and shelter for wildlife during the

spring and early summer, and when

the hay is made it returns wildflower

seed to the meadows to maintain

bio-diversity. Working with Nene

Park Trust, we are planning for hay

from ground richer in wildflowers to

be transported to other sites before

being manually re-spread to give

greater wildflower reach and cover.

Finally, we were delighted to take

part in #Farm24 on 5 August. This

campaign celebrated British farming

and offered a valuable insight into

where and how food is produced

and the huge variety of roles and

responsibilities taken on by farmers

as food producers and custodians of

the countryside.


From Park to Plate

Park to Plate is an initiative that brings

you the produce of the share farming

partnership between Nene Park Trust

and first-generation farming brothers,

Craig and Ryan Baxter.

This unique partnership has

sustainability at its core, producing meat

responsibly and in harmony with nature.

This is red meat you can trust, based on a

simple three-part promise:

1. Sustainably farmed on your doorstep

We farm in harmony with nature, and

our livestock roam extensively on land

that is managed for the long-term

benefit of the environment, all of which

falls within a 15 mile radius of Lakeside

Farm Shop.

The land is voluntarily registered under

environmental stewardship schemes.

We restrict the use of artificial sprays

and fertilisers, incorporate wildflower

rich pastures to build bio-diversity and

create and maintain habitats for wildlife.

2. Welfare without compromise

The welfare of our animals is of

paramount importance. We are kind

to our animals which are healthy,

happy and are farmed under

the Red Tractor farm assurance

scheme.

This guarantees that our produce

is traceable, safe and farmed with

care.

3. Full of flavour, naturally

Our farming system is entirely

forage based – this means our

livestock enjoy their favourite food;

grass, throughout their lives.

Our pastures incorporate wild

grasses, flowers and herbs, and our

animals are slow grown ensuring

our meat is full of flavour, naturally.

All of this means that the meat

sold to you is of the highest quality,

with low environmental impact,

travelling small distances, as it

makes its way from Park to Plate.

For more information on Park to Plate, the products available and the story

of this unique partnership go to www.nenepark.org.uk/park-to-plate.

Buy our fantastic range of lamb and beef at the Lakeside Farm Shop or find it

on the menu seasonally at Lakeside Kitchen and Bar.

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Events

SEPTEMBER

Pond Dipping

Suitable for: All ages

Meeting point: Lynch Lake

pond dipping platform

Cost: Free – donations

welcome

Open Water Swimming

Suitable for: 8 yrs+

Meeting point: Nene

Outdoors, Ferry Meadows

Cost: £5.50

Pay and Play Watersports

Suitable for: All ages

Meeting point: Nene

Outdoors, Ferry Meadows

Cost: Varies

Musical Summer Sunday

Suitable for: All ages

Meeting point: Outside

the Visitor Centre, Ferry

Meadows

Cost: Free – donations

welcome

Social Walking Group

Suitable for: 12 yrs+

Meeting point: Splash

Lane Car Park, Castor

Cost: Free to attend but

places must be booked

Nature Tots

Suitable for: 2 yrs+

Meeting point: Discovery

Den, Ferry Meadows

Cost: £3.50 per child

Autumn

Wed 1 Sept 12–3pm

Come along to our drop-in

session and spend some

time pond dipping and

identifying the fascinating

creatures you find.

Thurs 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Sept

5.30–7pm

Come along for our weekly open

water swimming session. 5.30-

7pm at Nene Outdoors

Daily from 11am–6pm

Choose from a pedalo, rowing

boat, kayak, canoe, stand up

paddleboard or a sailing dinghy.

You can also hire a bike to

explore the wider Park.

Sun 5 Sept 2–4pm

Pull up a chair and enjoy some

summer live music.

Mon 6, Wed 22 Sept

10.30am–12.30pm

Join one of our Visitor Rangers for a

social walk around Ferry Meadows

and the wider Nene Park and meet

like-minded people.

The September location and routes

of the walks will be the Normangate

and Waternewton Loop.

Mon 13, 27 Sept 10–11.30am

A fun monthly outdoor parent

and toddler group. Each session

has a nature theme and the

whole session will take place

outside so please dress for the

weather.

Wild Home Educators

Suitable for: Ages 5–11

Meeting point: Discovery

Den, Ferry Meadows

Cost: £5.50 per child

Guided Walk with a Ranger

Suitable for: 8 yrs+

Meeting point: Visitor

Centre, Ferry Meadows

Cost: £2.50

RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course

Suitable for: 16 yrs+

Meeting point: Nene

Outdoors, Ferry Meadows

Cost: £255

Wildlife Cruise

Suitable for: 10 yrs+

Meeting point: Boat Jetty,

opposite Otter Play area

Cost: £12 per person

Mon 13, 27 Sept

1.15–3.15pm

Here at Ferry Meadows we will

be running 2-hour sessions

every month for home schooled

children. Each session will have

curriculum and nature-focused

activities, with each month

having a different theme.

Tue 14 Sept 9am–12.30pm

Join Ian Lowe for a guided walk

starting in Ferry Meadows and

going out to some of the Rural

Estate on a 6 mile looped walk.

He will be highlightng points

of interest along the way and

answering any questions you

may have.

Sat 18 – Sun 19 Sept 9am-5pm

Power boat training is essential

for operating a powered craft

safely and appropriately.

To do this you can attend a

course with us to achieve

an RYA Level 2 Power Boat

Certificate. During this 2-day

course at Nene Outdoors, you

will be trained to drive and

manoeuvre the craft in a safe

and controlled way.

Sun 19 Sept 9–10.30am

Paul Topham

Wyndham’s near silent-motor

means that she is the ideal craft

for wildlife watching. Join us on

a cruise along the River Nene

where swans, geese and other

water fowl will glide alongside

the boat with you. We cannot

guarantee what you will see but

wildlife highlights may include

Herons, Kingfishers and the

elusive Otter!


OCTOBER

Social Walking Group

Suitable for: 12 yrs+

Meeting point: Thorpe

Meadows Car Park

Cost: Free to attend but

places must be booked

Nature Tots

Suitable for: 2 yrs+

Meeting point: Discovery

Den, Ferry Meadows

Cost: £3.50 per child

Wild Home Educators

Suitable for: Ages 5–11

Meeting point: Discovery

Den, Ferry Meadows

Cost: £5.50 per child

Wildlife Cruise

Suitable for: 10 yrs+

Meeting point: Boat Jetty,

opposite Otter Play area

Cost: £12 per person

Mon 4, Wed 20 October

10.30am–12.30pm

Join one of our Visitor Rangers

for a social walk around Ferry

Meadows and the wider Nene

Park and meet like-minded

people.

The October location is Thorpe

Meadows.

Mon 11, 25 Oct 1.15–3.15pm

Here at Ferry Meadows we will

be running 2-hour sessions

every month for home schooled

children. Each session will have

curriculum and nature-focused

activities, with each month

having a different theme.

Youth RYA Sailing Course – Stage 2

Suitable for: Ages 8–15

Meeting point: Nene

Outdoors, Ferry Meadows

Mon 11, 25 Oct 10-11.30am

A fun monthly outdoor parent

and toddler group. Each session

has a nature theme and the

whole session will take place

outside so please dress for the

weather.

Wed 13 Oct 10-11.30am

Wyndham’s near silent-motor

means that she is the ideal craft

for wildlife watching. Join us on

a cruise along the River Nene

where swans, geese and other

water fowl will glide alongside

the boat with you. We cannot

guarantee what you will see but

wildlife highlights may include

Herons, Kingfishers and the

elusive Otter!

Sat 16 – Sun 17 Oct 10am–4pm

This 2-day course covers

launching and recovery,

steering, parts of the boat and

basic sailing. After the course

participants will be able to steer

and understand basic principles.

All safety equipments including

wetsuits and buoyancy aids are

provided.

RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course

Suitable for: 16 yrs+

Meeting point: Nene

Outdoors, Ferry Meadows

Cost: £255.00 per person

October Half Term Holiday Trail

Suitable for: All ages

Meeting point: Visitor

Centre, Ferry Meadows

Cost: £1

Fungi Foray

Suitable for: 16 yrs+

Wildlife Cruise

Suitable for: 10 yrs+

Meeting point: Boat Jetty,

opposite Otter Play area

Cost: £12 per person

Sat 16 – Sun 17 Oct 9am–5pm

Power boat training is essential

for operating a powered craft

safely and appropriately. To do

this you can attend a course

with us to achieve an RYA

Level 2 Power Boat Certificate.

During this 2 day course at Nene

Outdoors, you will be trained to

drive and manoeuvre the craft

in a safe and controlled way.

Sat 23 – Sun Oct 10am–3pm

Collect a trail sheet and hunt for

clues around Ferry Meadows.

Collect a prize at the end.

Sat 23 Oct 10am–12.30pm

Check website for updates.

Sat 23 Oct 9.30–11am

Wyndham’s near silent-motor

means that she is the ideal craft

for wildlife watching. Join us on

a cruise along the River Nene

where swans, geese and other

water fowl will glide alongside

the boat with you. We cannot

guarantee what you will see but

wildlife highlights may include

Herons, Kingfishers and the

elusive Otter!

Autumn Festival

23–31 October

9 days of autumnal activities

and events to coincide with

October half term, including:

• Hedgehog hospital – get to

know your local hedgehogs

and how to care for them this autumn

• Nene Park fundraising – find out

different ways you can support the Park

• Broomsticks and tree hunt event

• Fungi Foray • Bushcraft skills

• Scarecrow making

• Guided walk

Cost: £155

15


Herbology Workshop

Suitable for: 18 yrs+

Meeting point:

Discovery Den

Cost: £20 per person

Guided Walk with a Ranger

Stacey Homewood

Sat 13 Nov 10.30am–12.30pm

Coughs and colds, flu and the

winter blues can easily get us at

this time of year. In this workshop

join Nicola, a medical herbalist,

who’ll introduce you to the

plants and foods that can get

you through winter in tip top

condition!

You’ll discover how to keep your

immune system in peak condition,

taste herbal tinctures, teas and

powders and discover the natural

remedies that can help you if the

bugs do get a hold of you!

NOVEMBER

Nature Tots

Suitable for: 2 yrs+

Meeting point: Discovery

Den, Ferry Meadows

Cost: £3.50 per child

Wild Home Educators

Suitable for: Ages 5–11

Meeting point: Discovery

Den, Ferry Meadows

Cost: £5.50 per child

Kate Nightingale

Mon 8, 22 Nov 10-11.30am

A fun monthly outdoor parent

and toddler group. Each session

has a nature theme and the

whole session will take place

outside so please dress for the

weather.

Mon 8, 22 Nov 1.15-3.15pm

Here at Ferry Meadows we will

be running 2-hour sessions

every month for home schooled

children. Each session will have

curriculum and nature-focused

activities, with each month

having a different theme.

Suitable for: 8 yrs+

Meeting point: Visitor

Centre, Ferry Meadows

Cost: £2.50

DECEMBER

Glass Making Workshop

Suitable for: 16 yrs+

Meeting point: Discovery

Den, Ferry Meadows

Cost: £20

Suitable for: 16 yrs+

Meeting point: Discovery

Den, Ferry Meadows

Cost: £15

Tue 16 Nov 1–3.45pm

Join one of our Rangers; Ian for a 6

mile walk around Ferry Meadows

and the surrounding area. Ian will

highlight various points of interest

along the way and you can ask any

questions about the Park and its

history. Gain confidence walking in

the rural estate and find new routes

you may not have explored before.

Sat 11 Dec

Join June from Semperart to

create your very own unique

fused glass. June will take you

through the steps to design your

beautiful decorations or choose

something with a purpose.

Christmas Willow Weaving Workshop

Sun 12 Dec

10am–12pm and 1.30–3.30pm

Join Martin from Rutland

Willow as he takes you through

the techniques you need to

create 3 pieces of work. You will

make 3 items from dragonfly,

butterfly, fish or snail.

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Events information

All events can be booked online using our booking

system: www.nenepark.org.uk/events

Unless stated, all events must be booked in advance,

some of which have multiple time slots.

Event details are correct here at the time of going

to press. Please check the website for up to

date information.

If you book onto an event and are unable to come, let

us know.

Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an

adult, up to a maximum of three children per adult.

Many of our events are either free or on a cost recovery

basis. If you enjoyed an event and would like to donate

towards the £50,000 spent annually on delivering these

events, the suggested donation is £2. Thank you.

Accessibility

We offer a range of services at events such as hearing

assistance equipment, accessible maps, mobility

scooters and assistance dogs are welcome.

If you have any special requirements or queries, please get

in touch or visit the accessibility page on our website.

Please call us to find out more information about the

accessibility of individual events.

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