A Poem for our Park…..

If in New York the cry would be

Leave our park alone; it belongs to me.

We seem so lax and careless too

In stopping developers from what they would do.

This amazing space that is Royal Park

Must be saved from intentions dark.

Our forebears had vision, they set aside

this great open space; acclaimed with pride.

But each development project whatever its worth

Willingly claims this supposed free earth.

But parkland is priceless; of value so great

We must stand up to secure its fate.

Use your park; join a group; speak up for its future

Remember our lives are inextricably linked to open space and nature.

……with thanks to Anne Phefley

Insect Survey 25 Nov 10am

Do you want to know more about our native bees?

Come along to an insect survey on:
When : SATURDAY NOV 25TH, 10am-12noon
Meet : Walmsley House – Australian Native Garden Royal Park 161 Gatehouse St Parkville

ALL WELCOME (See brochure)

Hosted by Friends of Royal Park, Parkville and Serco

RPPG AGM 21 OCTOBER 2pm Walmsley House

Hi All,

Our AGM is on 21 October at the Walmsley House at 1.45pm for 2.00pm.

Our speaker will be David Callow (from CoM) – Nature in the City Strategy.  David will speak after our welcome and then we will break for a chat prior to completing the other business of the meeting (including the election of committee members).

I have attached nomination forms for those that may be interested in joining our committee……Please consider joining the Committee so we can keep the momentum of the group going.  (It is not onerous….!!)

We look forward to seeing you there……..

Community Planting – ANG 28 October

We have been invited to take part in an additional planting in Royal Park.

It is a native grass and forbes planting in the Native Garden.

Chris Nicholson is creating a native grassland bed under the Iron Bark and Nicholii.

It will be similar to the planting under the Redgum.

Where: Australian Native Garden (Walmsley House  – near corner Gatehouse St and Royal Pde)

Date: Saturday October 28th

Time: 10am

Bring your own gloves if you can. We will have some available.

Morning tea provided.

Julianne Bell Event

Hello everyone,

On Saturday August 5th a function to mark the installation of the framed photograph of Julianne and text panel in Walmsley House was held.  There were over 30 people in attandance.

The function was initiated by the City of Melbourne.  Cr Leppert and Kelvin Thomson (former MHR) gave a short tribute in memory of Julianne and her work to preserve and enhance our public spaces.

The photograph used is the one from the psych hospital campaign.  The words were written by us then revised by Mary Chapman- refer attach.  The mounting is shown here.

As part of the treats after a special cake was also made in tribute! – see here.