Did you know that we have common frogs living on Palace Road Estate? We might expect them to be living in ponds. That’s where they breed during spring. However, they spend much of the rest of the year living and feeding in places like gardens, meadows and woodland.
Common frogs are carnivores, meaning that they feed on other animals. They eat things like flies, worms, snails and slugs. These types of animals are known as invertebrates (animals without a backbone) or mini-beasts. There are plenty of mini-beasts living in the gardens and grounds of Palace Road Estate.
Where do you think it will go to breed? One of the ponds in Palace Road Nature Garden, perhaps?
On 31 August 2019, there will be a celebration to mark the opening of the new ‘stage’ at the Palace Road Nature Garden. The stage is at the foot of the large mural. The event will run from 12pm to 7pm, with a range of performers, together with activities for children and open mic spots. Entry will be free of charge, so go along and enjoy!
The Palace Road Nature Garden is looking magnificent after all the hard work put in recently by the Friends of Hillside Gardens Park (and Palace Road Nature Garden) and The Conservation Volunteers. If you haven’t been there recently, you’re in for a treat!
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!