Helping Firs Farm Wetlands's Tesco Bag Challenge
It has taken a mere three years to transform a section of Firs Farm's underused playing fields
into an award winning wetlands habitat, linking four communities on the south of our borough,
linking Bush Hill Park, Edmonton, Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill.
In an article in the Sunday Times magazine (23.4.17) Simon Barnes wrote:
"Firs Farm was one of those classic north London parks: a bleak, fiercely mown sward surrounded by trees, with a few football pitches. Beneath it there was a stream, running unseen through a pipe. As soon as I got to the place there was a classic coot punch-up among the marsh marigolds. A blackcap sang from the trees. Children played around the edges of the pools. For the stream has been set free from its chains and a small but lovely wetland has been created. It's already a nice place to visit, whether you're a human or a coot. And, yes, it absorbs water in times of heavy rain and releases it slowly, cleaner than it entered. The water is no longer an enemy. It's back on our side, to the benefit of humans and wilder forms of life; and the park still has pitches.
This is stuff that should be policy in every town and every city and given government backing. It's happening here and there on an ad hoc basis. It's happening in north London with help from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, the charity Thames 21, which is partly funded by Thames Water, and it's been taken on with exemplary enthusiasm by Enfield council.
When looking at what people want, it's instructive to look at the rich. Traditionally, they get a large place in the country that looks out on an open landscape with mature trees through to a lake. Wetlands help us to deal with flooding and they improve water purity. And what's more, they are also good for our souls".
Read the article here
The next phase of Firs Farm Wetlands will be to add more facilities to encourage children
to spend more time playing outdoors, in the fresh air, away from their screens, all year round.
The 'big' project will be a community centre, which can be used by schools, volunteers,
charities & community groups, offering refreshments and a shared space for all the local community.
One step at a time.
The Friends of Firs Farm Wetlands are delighted that their application to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme
has been successful, for a second year in succession.
Customers voting for Firs Farm Wetlands at Tesco stores during May and June 2017 can help to raise money for an outdoor table tennis table
Toni Guiver, who was the brains behind Firs Farm Wetlands writes:
"Our project along with the other two successful projects in our region will go forward to a vote in Tesco stores where their customers will decide the outcome by voting for their favourite project each time they shop. Voting will take during May and June they will notify us by the end of July 2017 confirming the amount of funding we will receive. The project with the highest number of votes across your region will receive up to £4,000, the second placed project up to £2,000 and the third placed project £1,000.
We are up against some stiff competition and therefore we are appealing to you to aid us in getting this first bit of "Play Equipment for our older children" in Firs Farm Wetlands Park & Playing Fields. Everyone will be able to play on these but our initial aim was for something for the older children.
A suitable site will be chosen for these, away from the wetlands area, and agreed with the council to avoid disturbing the wildlife but easy to get to.
With your help we can achieve this and we can hold some fun table tennis competitions to help raise funds for other items in Firs Farm including our Festival next year July 2018 and for other fun stuff in Firs Farm. Only YOU can make this happen in your Firs Farm?"
To Vote, you will need to pop into a Tesco store near you and once you have made your purchase (of any value) you will receive one token per transaction. The nearest store for us is the TESCO EXPRESS on Green Lanes, but here is a list of other participating local stores
CHASESIDE SOUTHGATE EXPRESS N14 5PH
EDMONTON EXPRESS N18 2XF
ENFIELD EXPRESS EN3 5UT
ENFIELD LOCK EXPRESS EN3 6GS
ENFIELD SOUTHBURY ROAD EN1 1RT
LEA VALLEY EXTRA N18 3HF
OAKWOOD EXPRESS N14 4XA
PONDERS END EXTRA EN3 4DP
WINDMILL HILL ENFIELD EXPRESS EN2 7AE
L♥VE YOUR GREEN SPACE?
Friends of Firs Farm Wetlands, Park & Playing Fields, Firs Lane London N21 2PJ
Can you help Firs Farm Wetlands fundraise for an outdoor table tennis table?