At the end of January a new bollard appeared on Palace Road, just outside the Palace Road Nature Garden. It is beside the gate that blocks the road to motor traffic, but obstructs wide cycles (such as tricycles), mobility scooters and wheelchairs.
What is it for? We asked the council and they replied that someone had been driving a Smart car through this gap, leading to complaints by “a number of” residents – hence the new bollard. As for non-motorised road users who can’t get through the gap any more, they are advised by the council to “use the footpath running parallel”. This may well be illegal, of course.
This Wednesday there will be a walk around Palace Road Nature Garden with the president of the South London Botanical Institute, Roy Vickery. He will be helping us to identify wild flowers and dicussing their uses and folklore. The walk will start at 7.30pm.
You may not have heard that from the beginning of this month the council will no longer be locking the nature garden at night, due to budget cuts. This will, of course, increase the possibility that undesirable activities will take place, so volunteers are being sought to walk through the nature garden at night. Their presence will act as a friendly deterrent against antisocial behaviour.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 07947 976 505 for more details, or to volunteer.
Summer is in full swing at the Palace Road Nature Garden and the recent rains have kept the pond well topped-up. Make sure you pay it a visit while it is teeming with ducks, newts and all sorts of invertebrates!
Spring has truly arrived at Palace Road Nature Garden, with a tremendous display of daffodils and tadpoles swimming in the pond. Buds on the trees and shrubs are poised to burst at any moment. Make sure you pay a visit soon!
Anyone who has walked along Palace Road over the past few weeks will have noticed that major work is underway to replace the pavement. This work was long overdue, with the old surface having broken up in many places due to weathering and the growth of tree roots. At the same time, the grass verges are being renewed and, in some places, double-kerbs are being installed to protect the verges from motor vehicles.
The council highways department will be doing their best to complete the re-surfacing work over the coming week, before the schools re-open. They will then work on seeding the new verges and any further protective measures that are needed, such as bollards.