Friends of the Shuttle – expanded and altered programme of events

Friends of the Shuttle, the hands-on environmental group working along the River Shuttle, Wyncham Stream and in Danson Park, has announced changed and additional dates in its increasingly busy schedule.

Note that the previously touted date for the big Danson Lake event – essential given the amount of historic plastic bags, bottle and cans still submerged in the lake despite two previous major clean-ups, and the usual array of fresh floating litter – may be changed from November 5th to Saturday 14th November in order that more people can participate. Details will be confirmed shortly. Danson lake drains into the Shuttle in Bexley Park Woods.

Malcolm and Ron home in on more rubbish

Clearing rubbish from Danson lake at a previous FotS-led event.

The remaining dates are split between two work streams:

Danson Old English Garden. Help maintain this pollinator-friendly public garden, which Friends of the Shuttle has taken on so the Council doesn’t grass it over to save money. Meet 10a.m. at the garden. It helps them provide sufficient tools and plan the work if you can contact “Friends of the Shuttle” friends.of.the.shuttle@gmail.com us in advance about attending.

River Shuttle clean-ups and habitat work. The location can be subject to late change due to river conditions or sudden littering problems, so again please contact FotS in advance about attending. They will also need your shoe size so they can bring the right sets of waders where these may be needed.

All dates are Thursdays apart from the possible day of the Danson lake clean-up.

1st October – Danson Old English Garden.

8th October Parish Wood Park, Berwick Crescent, Sidcup, DA15 8HR. Friends of the Shuttle/Thames21 joint habitat management work on the pond and wetland. 10:30 – 2:30.

15th October  – Danson Old English Garden.

22nd October – River Shuttle work.

29th October – Danson Old English Garden.

5th November – River Shuttle work.

12th November – Danson Old English Garden.

14th November, Saturday – Danson Lake litter pick (tbc)

19th November – River Shuttle work.

26th November – Danson Old English Garden.

There was a great turnout at the event, and FoTS aims to further improve the wildlife value of the garden. (Photo: Mandy Stevens)

FotS members at work in the Danson Old English Garden. (Photo: Mandy Stevens)

Note also that there is a bird walk at Danson on October 20th, and a River Shuttle/Bexley Park Woods one on November 5th, both organised by Bexley RSPB – see the ‘BW’ calendar for details.

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