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Friends of Saltwell Park - Latest News

WHAT TO DO ABOUT ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR
IN SALTWELL PARK?

  • For dog-fouling, littering, graffiti, motorbikes etc. in the Park 
Phone: 0191 4775000 (24 hr number)
  • For low level criminal offences ... broken glass, vandalism
(anything that’s not happening right now) 
Phone: 101
  • If you feel threatened or harassed or see a fire or an accident
 Phone: 999












HEALTH WALKER REACHES 80TH MILESTONE

There was a big celebration on Tuesday 7th November
as one of our regular Health Walkers reached 80.  It goes
to show what regular walking can do for you!
A huge "Thank you" to Carol for making this beautiful
cake for Margaret's special birthday.











SALTWELL PARK - FIELD OF REMEMBRANCE

The Dedication of the Field of Remembrance was well
supported on Saturday 4th November with even a
representative from the U.S. Embassy.
The band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers played
throughout the ceremony behind the poppy crosses
making the event all the more poignant.
FIELDS IN TRUST INITIATIVE
 
Saltwell Park did not make the shortlist for the top UK Park
under the Fields in Trust initiative.  However, the Friends
of Saltwell Park have been shortlisted for an award for
Friends Group. 
There will be an announcement at Lords Cricket Ground
on 29 November.  We have been invited to send 2
people to the ceremony.

Well done everybody!














POLICE COMMUNITY DROP IN EVENT

(Cuppa with a Copper)

Many visitors dropped in to the Towers cafe today,

Wednesday 18th October 2017, between10am – 12pm,

to meet PC Nicola Smith to discuss their concerns about

activities in the Park and hear about what the Friends

of Saltwell Park are doing to help make the Park more

safe and secure.


More similar events are to be arranged.  Watch this

space for dates, or contact us to find out more about our plans.

Help Saltwell Park become the Best Park
in Fields of Trust Voting

Thank you to all those who voted Saltwell Park as a top
10 UK Park.  We have another opportunity to vote again. 
Somebody has nominated Saltwell Park as UK's best
Park as part of the Fields in Trust campaign.  
Please sign up to be notified once voting opens at
9 am on 14 October 2017 (www.fieldsintrust.org). 
Thank you again!











Keep Britain Tidy Reveal the Public's Favourite Parks 

It's official - Saltwell Park is in the Top 10 of the nation's

favourite parks!
 

This year Keep Britain Tidy awarded a record-breaking 1,799
Green Flag Awards to the best-managed parks and green
spaces. To find the best of the best, they asked the public to vote
for their favourite parks, which they did in record numbers. 

The 10 winners are spread across England, Scotland and Wales,

 including large and small sites, traditional parks to wild unusual

spaces, run by councils, community groups and even a well-loved

university campus.


Four of the winning sites (Cassiobury Park, Saltwell Park, the

Wilderness Lake and Whiteknights campus) have been awarded

this accolade for the first time this year, whilst the remaining six

have maintained their top spot in people’s hearts. 


For more information please click here.

PLEASE HELP US LOOK AFTER OUR BEES
We are pleased to tell you that there is now a hive of
Honey Bees inside the enclosure within the Bird
Feeding Area.
Please will you keep an eye on the hive each time
you pass this area.  If you have any concerns about
the Bees or the hive please contact us

Posters are going up in the Park with contact details
on so people will know what to do if they see a problem.

There is a talk about Bees planned in next year's
FoSP programme(Saturday 14 July, 2018).  The
Tyneside Bee Keepers will be holdingother Bee related
events in the Park now that they have one of their
hives in Saltwell Park.  Watch out for further information.

It has taken a year and a half of hard work to make this
project happen,please help us to make it a success.
The project is part of the FoSP 5 Year Plan, working in
partnership with the Tyneside Bee Keepers and
Gateshead Council. Please pass this information on to
anyone who you think would like to know about it.

Thank you!












Government Response to the Select Committee Report:
The Future of Public Parks

This week the Government announced its response to the

growing chorus of alarm over the under funding crisis facing

the UK's public green spaces. It at last acknowledges the

need for action to safeguard parks, but has not committed

any additional funding so desperately required for park

management and maintenance throughout the country. So,

what kind of action is being mooted, and is it the start of a

genuine debate over what's really needed to address the

seriousness of the deteriorating situation?

For the full report please click here.












VOTE FOR SALTWELL PARK - THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE

People's Choice vote to find the UK's top 10 favourite

parks is now open. Following the huge success of #LoveParks,

here is another chance to show how much your favourite park

means to you. Vote for your favourite park in the

People's Choice Awards 2017.

You can vote anytime from 1st -30th September. All the UK's

1,797 award winning Green Flag Award parks are eligible and

voting is simple. Simply use the map to find to your favourite

park and click the vote button. It's really that simple. Once

you've voted, don't forget to encourage others to get involved too.

The top 10 winning parks will be announced on 11th October

If your favourite park is worth shouting about, make your voice

heard - vote now.












GREEN FLAG SUCCESS
Saltwell Park Achieves the Green Flag Award again.
SPUG Task Force (Saltwell Park User Group) proudly
show off the Green Flag at the Tidy Up Day in September.
Well done to all who have made this happen - too
numerous to mention - volunteers and Gateshead Council.
Read more about the Green Flag Award here.












HERITAGE OPEN DAYS 2017

Another successful year for Heritage Open Days

(www.heritageopendays.org.uk). Saltwell Park

Heritage Walks were enjoyed by many on Thursday 7th 

and Friday 8th of September 2017. 



















TALKING STATUE AT SALTWELL PARK

Visit the George Charlton Memorial Fountain, scan

your phone on the poster ... and hear

George Charlton speak!

For more information click here.












JAPANESE STUDENTS VISIT JAPANESE GARDEN

On a very wet Saturday morning the Friends met

15 Japanese Students from Komatsu at the Komatsu 

Friendship Garden in  Saltwell Park.  This was part

of the celebration of 30 years of Komatsu being in Birtley.

For more information click here.












AWARD FOR FRIENDS OF SALTWELL PARK

HeritageACT!  Conference was held on Saturday
13 May, 2017 at Wallsend Memorial Hall.The event
was well attended with lots of excellent networking
opportunities. 
Keynote speakers were Viscount Matt Ridley,
Lord Alan Beith and John Grundy.
At the end John Grundy presented the Friends with
a certificate and two HeritageACT! mugs for our
continued endeavours in delivering the
Talking Statues Project.
HELP NEEDED BY PEOPLE WHO USE THE PARK REGULARLY
We need extra eyes and ears in Saltwell Park. 
If you are regularly in Saltwell Park and are
prepared to tell us about any anti-social behaviour
or damage, please contact us.  Thank you.











FRIENDS OF SALTWELL PARK LAUNCH THEIR
5 YEAR PLAN TODAY
The culmination of nearly 2 years was launched
today in the Training Centre at Saltwell Park.
Everyone is keen to get started now that the Plan
is complete.  If you would like to know more or offer
to help then please contact us.












HEALTH WALK 100

The sun shone for us on our Friends of Saltwell
Park's 100th Health Walk on 28th February.
If you would like to join us on future walks then we leave
the Towers at 11am each Tuesday.  We walk for an
hour in the Park with a lot of chat on the way around
and refreshments in the Towers at the end.
FRIENDS OF SALTWELL PARK 5 YEAR PLAN
We met senior managers about our 5 year plan
this week.  They are keen to work with us to help
realise some of our dreams.  We will tell you more
in our newsletter and at our AGM. If you would
like to know more about our Plan please click here.
PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO STATE OF UK PARKS
The public inquiry into Parks Is published. 
The Government now have 2 months to
respond to its recommendations. 
For full details please see www.parliament.uk












FOLLOW UP TO OUR CONSULTATION

On 26th November 25 Friends of Saltwell Park
met in the Training Centre to plan our next steps.
If you would like to help us in any way please
contact us.











DOCUMENT- STATE OF THE UK PARKS
Did you know:
~ Over half the UK population visit their local park
at least once a month or more often, yet park
maintenance budgets continue to fall...
To read the full document click here.











OUR VISION 2017 TO 2022

Saltwell Park, thriving at the heart of the community,

safe and secure as “the People’s Park” for future

generations.

For a copy of our draft "Summary Document"

please contact us.

 













INQUIRY INTO PUBLIC PARKS
The first oral evidence session about the inquiry
into public parks is being televised on
Monday 24 October. 
For more information including seeing our written
evidence, please click here www.parliament.tv









STANDING UP FOR OUR PARK

The Future of public parks inquiry was launched
11 July 2016.  FoSP have responded to the
Communities and Local Government Committee. 
For a full copy of our written submission, please
contact us.













HERITAGE OPEN DAYS AT SALTWELL PARK
On the 8th and 9th of September 2016
Michael Turner (Chair of Friends of Saltwell Park)
lead 2 groups around the Park telling them about
the 12 Listed Structures there.  Despite the rain on
Thursday all enjoyed these very informative walks. 
A leaflet telling you about these structures and
about the Park is available from the Towers, cost 50p.
If you would like one posted to you (which will cost
£1 to cover P&P) please contact us.











GREEN FLAG FOR THE PARK AGAIN

Saltwell Park has been awarded the Green Flag
Award again this year.  The Green Flag Awards
are judged by an army of more than 700 green
space experts, who volunteer their time to visit
applicant sites and assess them against eight strict
criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness,
sustainability and community involvement.
The Award is a testament to the efforts of the men
and women, young and older, both staff and volunteers,
who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards
demanded by the Green Flag Award.  For the full story
click here.
If you would like to become involved with helping
to keep Saltwell Park beautiful then please
click here.











YOUR PARK NEEDS YOU!

Thank you to all who attended the consultation at
Gateshead Old Town Hall on 25th June 2016. 
We are collating all the many ideas generated and
will let you know our vision for the next 5 years ASAP. 
Funding for this event was provided by:
~ Gateshead Council Capacity Building Fund
~ Gateshead Council Volunteers Month funds
~ Bensham and Saltwell Alive
Please contact us if you require any further
information.











SALTWELL PARK MUSEUM AT THE SHIPLEY
A permanent new display has been created which
brings objects from the old Saltwell Park Museum,
which was originally housed in Saltwell Towers
and closed in 1969.  The display will change over
time as more objects are brought out of storage and
put on display.  Free Entry.  For more information
visit:
www.shipleyartgallery.org.uk 
Also you can follow Michael McHugh's Blog:
Blog part 1 / Blog part 2











NATIONAL FEDERATION OF PARKS AND

GREEN SPACES - event in Newcastle
The Friends of Saltwell Park thank the National
Federation of Parks and Green Spaces for
organising a fabulous event to update us on the
state of UK Parks.











SUCCESSFUL GRANT APPLICATION
Thank you to Gateshead Council Capacity Building 
Fund and Bensham and Saltwell Alive for funding
a consultation for all members FoSP.
The funding will be used to seek views about the
future of Saltwell Park in these times of austerity.
Watch this space for updates.














HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEALTH WALKS
The Friends of Saltwell Park Health
Walks celebrated their 1st Birthday
on the 5th April - with a walk and cake.
All are welcome to join.  We meet
every Tuesday, 11am at Saltwell Towers.













SALTWELL PARK USER GROUP (SPUG)
TIDY UP THE PARK
Thank you to all who found the time to come and
help us tidy up the Park in April.  35 volunteers turned
 up to help.  We made a huge difference to the
Japanese Garden, the viewing platform overlooking
the Dene and the Dene footpaths.
There are regular SPUG Tidy Ups on the first
Wednesday of every month starting at 10.30am
at the Avenue Bowling Pavilion.
If you would like to know more about these events
please contact

 











FRIENDS OF SALTWELL PARK 
WELCOME
OUR 200TH MEMBER

Our 200th member, Alice, moved to her new house
deliberately to be near to Saltwell Park.  Alice was
delighted to discover she was our 200th Member.
Join Alice and become a member - click here













HEALTH WALK EVERY TUESDAY IN SALTWELL PARK

Join us for this scenic walk around one of
Gateshead’s hidden gems. 2 miles.
Meet at Saltwell Towers, north door 11 am.
Enjoy the benefits of exercising outside at our
green gym in Saltwell Park, FREE.












HERITAGE WALKS BY APPOINTMENT

Want to learn more about the history of the Park?

We arrange 1 hour walks for groups of up to 20 people.  

For further information contact us














SALTWELL PARK HERITAGE LEAFLET

Our Saltwell Park Heritage Leaflet is available

for sale in Saltwell Towers (50p).

 












SALTWELL PARK AWARDED GREEN FLAG

FOURTH TIME IN A ROW
Saltwell Park has recently been awarded the
prestigious Green Flag. The Green Flag Award
is the national standard for parks and green
spaces in England and Wales and recognises and
rewards the best green spaces in the country.
Representing quality, the Award is a sign to visitors
that a park has met strict criteria, which among
other things require it to be a clean, safe and
welcoming place to spend time.