Annual General Meeting
Old Coulsdon Centre for the Retired, Grange Park (in the park, opposite Tudor Parade)
7.30 pm. Members, guests and local residents welcome.
Guest Speakers (for 'Who's For More Trees' Symposium): David Hatcher (Woodland Trust), Richard Edwards (LB Croydon), Tom Oliver (City of London)
Refreshments available at 8.30 pm to be followed by the AGM.
The Annual General Meeting of the
FRIENDS OF FARTHING DOWNS & HAPPY VALLEY
Will be held at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday 10 November
At the Old Coulsdon Centre for the Retired.
It is anticipated that the formal business of receiving reports from the Chairman, the Treasurer, and the Secretary, and the election of a committee for the coming year will be preceded by a symposium on the theme:
“WHO’S FOR MORE TREES?”
Evidence suggests our planet is heading for self-destruction, with Britain’s biodiversity weakening faster than in the rest of Europe. Hectic searches for a remedy are emerging. A royal ‘earthshot’ competition for solutions has finally overtaken earlier ‘moonshot’ strategy to conquer space.
The Covid pandemic adds further anxiety about the future of mankind, but has also brought sharper perspective to the importance of accessible green space. The upshot is local questioning now of what more can be done to arrest and reverse biodiversity decline
The Woodland Trust offers saplings for growing trees. DEFRA, the Lottery and the Environment Agency have also combined to sponsor ‘Trees for streets’ in which local Councils (including Croydon) encourage individuals and community groups to plant new trees in parks and streets. The City Corporation, in producing its ten year plans for the several component parts of the South London National Nature Reserve (Farthing Downs, Coulsdon Common, Kenley Common and Riddlesdown) has great experience in managing green space, and in woodland management.
The purpose of the symposium will be to explore what more must be done to sustain biodiversity across these southern suburbs, given that the area is generally reckoned to be ‘green’. Click here for Symposium Background Paper.
For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01737 554449.