Snowdrop planting

Three volunteers planted 2000 snowdrops last Friday (28 January 2022). They were delivered earlier than expected, ‘in the green’ and had to be planted quickly.Many thanks to the volunteers who turned up and planted in the Home Front Garden and on the mound as you come in the gates at Rettendon View. Snowdrops are a … Read more

Easy Walking Tour of the Park 26th January 2022

Forty three people joined an Easy Walking Tour of the Memorial Park.A little bit of history and an update on the work the Friends are doing in the park. The Friends of the Wickford Memorial Park work very closely with Basildon Council.We are a volunteer group formed in February 2020 to look after and enhance … Read more

Queens 70th Platinum Jubilee

As it is the Queens 70th Platinum Jubilee next year the Friends will be working with the council to plant up the raised bed in the Home Front Garden in ‘Jubilee’ colours. We will be taking the Crown Jewels as a base and below are ideas for the plants. Silver plants for the Platinum and … Read more

Update: Beauchamps Nature Reserve

Two inline ponds have been dug out by the council, ready for planting with wildflowers.Both ponds are in existing water source areas, following the two ditches- just expanded at one end. The council are in discussions with Living Landscapes and Wickford Wildlife Society. This will attract more wildlife into the site.There will be permanent dams … Read more

Spring Bulb Planting

The ‘Friends’ have been busy over the last few weeks planting Spring Bulbs around the park.The main area has been the Heroes Arboretum and around the Memorial itself. We have planted approx 13,000 bulbs 2000 crocus and thalia in the Home Front Garden 1000 Daffodils at the Mount Road pedestrian entrance 3000 Daffodils around the … Read more

Repainted Main Gates

The main gates at the Runwell Road entrance were repainted, along with the railings/fences over the bridge. Friends of the Wickford Memorial Park were joined with a Community team from Virgin Media and Kellys Communications (Virgin Media and Kellys Communications provided all the equipment, paint and scissor lift) to paint the gates and fences. The … Read more

Logs from the felled Willow

A large Willow Tree situated at the Mount Road entrance was felled recently as it was damaging nearby properties. But we used the logs around the park: three at the Mount Road entrance (which will be planted with Spring bulbs and perennials) Another in the Home Front Garden where we are creating a small hidey … Read more

Spring Bulbs Planting

We have over 10,000 Spring bulbs on order for planting throughout November. This will be planted in the Heroes Arboretum, in front of the War Memorial, Mount Road Entrance and the Home Front Garden.All welcome to join in, please bring your children as it will be an easy task for them. Keep an eye on … Read more

Wildflowers : Beauchamps Site

You may recall that we met with the Wickford Wildlife Society to discuss plans for the new Beauchamps Field Nature Reserve. We had an article on Birds and Buttlerflies (25 May 2021) This is an article on Wildflowers for the Beauchamps Field nature Reserve. They will be different from the existing Wildflower Area as they … Read more

Birds and Butterflies

Wickford Wildlife Society: We met a group from the Wickford Wildlife Society yesterday. They were very knowledgeable on Birds, Insects, Butterflies, Wildflowers, Raptors(Hawks and Owls) and Trees. We are going to meet with them for future projects. Very enjoyable- thank you very much The following report is from Martin from the Wickford Wildlife who is … Read more