Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Snowdrop Spectacular

Let me introduce you to the Chelsea Physic Garden. It’s one of those hidden London gems and is both a peaceful oasis in the city as well as a centre for learning. It was founded by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London in 1673. Today the Garden’s features include Europe’s oldest pond rockery, the Cool Fernery, the Garden of Edible & Useful Plants, the Garden of Medicinal Plants and the World Woodland Garden.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cashless Redbridge

Earlier this month Redbridge Council issued a press release announcing that you will no longer have to pay in cash for parking at various locations, these being Hainault Forest Country Park, Valentines Park, Fairlop Waters Country Park, Ray Park, Barkingside Recreation Ground, Clayhall Park, Wanstead Library and Cricklefield Athletics Stadium. Instead they have arranged for you to use cashless payment using RinGo - a quick, easy-to-use mobile phone service that allows users to pay for parking by credit or debit card so you don’t have to collect coins or hunt for a machine. But there have been more than few rumblings of discontent.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Fairlop Quarry Nature Reserve is Imminent

It’s taken a while, over 10 years to be precise, but it looks like the Nature Reserve at the quarry works behind the Dick Turpin and to the south of Painters Lane is about to be completed and open to the public. See posts from 2007 and 2010.

Monday, January 08, 2018

A New Realm of Public Space Has Arrived in Ilford

Remember the fanfare for the multi-million pound project to revitalise and rejuvenate the public realm in Ilford Town Centre? It’s arrived …

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Redbridge’s Empty Homes

A recent Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed that there are 559 homes in Redbridge that have been left empty for 6 months or more, with 80 having been empty for two years or more, 25 for five years or more, and five have stood empty for at least ten years.