Fun Dog Show 2012
London in Bloom Awards 2012 success for Foots Cray Meadows
Saturday 16th March 2013 was a rain sodden and windy continuation of winter, but it did not deter hardy volunteers completing the restoration of the wetland area at Foots Cray Meadows. The 6th Sidcup Scouts joined in to help the Friends of Foot Cray Meadows and Thames21 with the planting of native marginal wetland plants at the restored inlet of the River Cray.
Michael Heath Chair of the Friends and Thames21 Project Officer for the River Cray said
'This was the site of one of our first activities the wooden bridge was dry and overgrown and had long ceased to be wetland. It has been an aspiration of the Friends to return this area to a wetland habitat to add to the biodiversity and visitor experience of the Meadows'.
To achieve this support and consent was obtained from the London Borough of Bexley and the Environment Agency who recognised the value of the project and arranged for the inlet to be dug out last year. This was followed by a series of events organised by the Friends and Thames21 involving local schools, youth groups and our regular volunteers during which the banks have been repaired, wooden fencing added to the North side, The footfall to the bridge has been repaired and a nearby ditch restored.
The introduction of these plants is to encourage the reestablishment of native flora which should allow for this small site to develop into a thriving wetland habitat. Planted was a selection from Brooklime, Devils Bit Scabious, Gipsywort, Greater Bird's Foot Trefoil, Lesser Spearwort, Marsh Marigold, Marsh Valerian, Meadowsweet, Pendulous Sedge, Purple Loosestrife, Sneezewort, Water Forgetmenot, Yellow Flag Iris
Hopefully visitors crossing the wooden bridge will soon notice a variety of wild flowers and plants enhancing the habitat and visitor experience.
Southern Gas Network repairs have now commenced Foots Cray Meadows. A Gas main which enters Foots Cray Meadows at Leafield Lane and crosses the site heading west towards the River Cray where the main will be replaced.
Bexley's Public Realm Management Team are working closely with the Gas Engineers to facilitate access and to ensure that these works are managed to reduce impact to Foots Cray Meadows.
Vehicle tracking from Leafield Lane to the River Cray has been laid for access to the area of the works and to reduce damage to the grass. A works compound will be erected on site adjacent to the Leafield Lane entrance. These works are anticipated to last 8 weeks.
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3 Novemeber 2012
Success for Foots Cray Meadows and London Borough of Bexley in the London in Bloom 2012 Awards. For Full details go to
Fun Dog Show - our second fun dog show was held on Saturday 23rd June proving to be a successful and enjoyble Day for all those who attended Click here for the full results
The Happiest Family Winners with our Guest Judge Rob Alleyn
Over 150 people attended with 78 Dogs being entered in the fun categories.
Bexley Environmental Challenge 2011 - Winners
The Friends of Foots Cray Meadows celebrate success at the Bexley Environmental Challenge awards evening for 2011 held on the 11thJanuary , We were able to parade the Cup at our Winter Walk on Sunday 15thJanuary. Over forty members and supporters of the Friends turned up to enjoy a seasonal but sunny walk through the Ancient Woods on the Meadows.
The Friends received a Gold Award in the Green Projects Category and £50. And then went on to be Awarded First Place in the Challenge, and £1000
Pictured; receiving First Prize and members with the Trophy before the walk.
Michael Heath the chair said, 'we were absolutely thrilled to receive these awards which recognises the volunteer teamwork of the committee and members since the group was formed six years ago; we are an interest group that works with Bexley's parks team to get communities actively involved in the management of the Meadows.'
The application to grant a premises licence was refused by Bexley's Licensing Sub Committee on Wednesday 26thOctober 2011
'The Friends have always observed that the Meadows are not suitable for large scale entertainment events and the decision supports this aspect of the application. We have confidence in the Parks team's management and control of all events on the Meadows. The Friends work with the council and other organisations to bring volunteer opportunities to enhance the environment, here and elsewhere in Bexley'.
Michael Heath Chair FFCM
London in Bloom 2011
There was success again this year for Bexley and Foots Cray Meadows in the 2011 London in Bloom Competition. Hearty congratulations to all those involved with the Boroughs awards from the Friends of Foots Cray Meadows.
Foots Cray Meadows was again awarded a Gold in the Country Park category and held onto its Best in London title for the second year.
Danson Park was awarded Gold in the Large Park category and voted Best in London for the second year running, this totals the fourth time in five years that Danson has won this award. 2007, 2008, 2010 & 2011.
Waterside Gardens was awarded a Silver Guilt in the Small Park category bettering last year's Silver in the same category.
Hill View Cemetery was awarded a Silver Guilt in the Cemetery up to 5 acres category.
A Welling resident was awarded 1stplace and Gold in the Front Garden Award.
Finally Sid Wilkinson was awarded an Outstanding Contribution award for his services to looking afterBexley'strees. Sid is a staunch supporter of the Friends and leads on our Tree PlantingProgramme.
all those involved with Bexleys Parks and Open Spaces
The Friends of Danson Park and Foots Cray Meadows with the Mayor Cllr Ray Sams
March 2011 Coppicing in the river woodland area see the Meadows & Woodland Management Page for further details
Week commencing 6th September Contractors working under the direct supervision of Alex Draper Froglife's South East Field Officer.have began the excavation of two ponds in the wet meadows situated West of the River Cray between Five Arches and Penny Farthing Bridges.
This is the first stage of introducing new standing water ponds to Foots Cray Meadows as part of a London Wide Living Water project. Supported by the London Borough of Bexley, and the Friends.
Funded by a Cory Community Grant: the objectives is to restore and enhance standing water habitat at these new sites and the existing Pond at Rectory Lane. Once the ponds have been dug out look out for volunteering opportunities to plant these areas. A link to the Froglife can be found on the partners page.