Friends of Saltwell Park

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Friends of Saltwell Park 5 Year Plan
Our 5 Year Plan is being delivered in 3 Groups:
Group A ~ Objective 1 Providing a safe and secure Park
               ~ Objective 6 Improving the facilities of the Park
Group B ~ Objective  2 Working together to maximise partnerships
               ~ Objective 3 Engaging with the whole community
Group C ~ Objective 4 Encouraging and protecting wildlife
               ~ Objective 5 Protecting the Park's rich heritage and gardens
Group A ~ Local Park Watch Scheme
~ We now have a dedicated Police Officer for the Park
~ Cuppa With A Copper - drop in event and more to come
~ Posters / Flyers with contact number on for public to ring
if they see incidents
~ The Friends are becoming the Eyes and Ears of the Park
Group B ~ Music in the Bandstand:
~ 11th June Silver Wind Band 2-4pm
~ 16th July Music in the Bandstand 10am-3pm as
part of Saltwell Park User Group's Love Parks Week
~ Plans for 2018 under development
Group C ~ Talking Statues - for more information click here.
               ~ Saltwell Park Bees - we now have 2 bee hives
in the Park. Please see item below for more information.
Saltwell Park User Group (SPUG)
SPUG is a partnership between all Park users, co-ordinated by Gateshead Council.  We all work together for the welfare of the Park.  We meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 10.30am at the Avenue Bowling Pavilion to help tidy up the Park. THERE WILL BE NO TIDY UPS IN DECEMBER 2017 OR JANUARY 2018.  START AGAIN ON WEDNESDAY 7TH FEBRUARY 2018.
Thank you to everyone who came to help tidy last month.
All welcome to our next one!  If you would like to know more about these events please contact us

Saltwell Park Bees
Tyneside Bee Keepers are working with the Friends of Saltwell Park to bring Honey Bees to Saltwell Park.  Eventually we hope to produce Saltwell Park Honey. 
The Bee Keepers brought a hive of bees to the Park on 16th July for our SPUG (Saltwell Park User Group) day of activities to celebrate Love Parks Week. 
In late October 2017 a bee hive was put into Saltwell Park within the Bird Feeding Area beside the Avenue Bowling Pavilion.  A second hive was introduced in November.  We ask anyone who passes there to keep an eye on it and let us know if you think there are any problems, thank you.  These hives are being monitored remotely.
For more information please contact us.
Komatsu City Friendship Garden
It was agreed to start a working group to tidy up the Komatsu City Friendship Garden (the "Japanese Garden") to return it to its original splendor.
Work started in early 2016. There are now new posts in place to shore up the terraces in the garden, the cobbles in the rockery "waterfall" are now cemented in, new white gravel has been distributed and a huge amount of weeding and planting done, the area really looks lovely.  If you would like to help us keep this beautiful garden area tidy then please contact us.
Salte Welle Planting
There are 2 areas on either side of the Salte Welle which the Friends of Saltwell Park have planted out and are now trying to keep them tidy and weed free.  We should be proudly looking after the area which has given its name to Salt Well Park.  If you do not know where this Well is then please buy a Heritage Leaflet from Saltwell Towers and use it to help you find it ... or you could also just ask someone in the Park to show you where it is!
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f you would like to help us with looking after this area then please contact us.
RSPB
The RSPB have organised a programme of regular activities for children
for the last four years.
The RSPB were in Saltwell Park over the Summer 2017 with FREE activities
for families with children aged 2 - 12.  Please see Park notice boards for details.
For details of future RSPB activities please contact sue.overfield@rspb.org.uk
or visit RSPB website.

Thrive
Sadly Thrive has had to close their Gateshead operations in Saltwell Park, from 31 July 2017. This decision was not taken lightly but in the current, challenging funding environment it became increasingly difficult to deliver the charity's core aims sustainably.
Their legacy: Grow and Learn Programme - 14 young students with special educational needs attained a City & Guilds qualification in Practical Horticulture; worked with Veterans to create the Garden of Reflection (this will continue to be maintained by Thrive volunteers); worked with the Stroke Association, the local authority and Big Local amongst others, and delivered horticultural therapy programmes around the region, improving lives through the reduction in social isolation, building confidence and imparting new or improving skills.
Thrive will be sadly missed in Saltwell Park by all who knew them, including the Friends of Saltwell Park who have worked closely with Chris Tait and Thrive for the 3 years Thrive has been located in the Park.  For more information about the work of Thrive in other areas please visit their website.
Saltwell Park Model Boat Club

Model boats have a long history of sailing within

Saltwell Park.  The Gateshead Model Yacht Club

was formed in 1886 and models have been using 

the lake off and on ever since. 

For more information click here.