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Nature Events 2017

Friends of Eaton Park is delighted to announce three nature events, organised in partnership with local specialists and wildlife  organisations. Spread throughout the year they use Eaton Park as a place to learn about and celebrate the natural world. All events start or are based at the Rotunda, in the heart of Eaton Park. Tree Identification Walk with Richard Hobbs Saturday 24 June, 10am to midday  Eaton Park has a wonderful range of trees – it’s a real ‘city arboretum’. Richard Hobbs leads this walk around Eaton Park and shows you what to look for so you can learn to identify them. Spaces are limited. Please contact Sarah Scott to reserve one: scotts414@btinternet.com or 01603 505720 Free, donations please to Friends of Eaton Park Butterfly Day, with the Norfolk branch of Butterfly Conservation Sunday 6 August, 11am to 3pm Family quiz trail, hand-on craft activity, butterfly identification (bring a photo of your mystery butterflies), and advice on how to encourage butterflies in your garden; plus become a butterfly recorder and take part in this year’s Big Butterfly Count in locations around Eaton Park. Activities drop in and free, donations please to Butterfly Conservation   Eaton Park Fungus Day, with Kay Yeoman from UEA Sunday 22 October, 11am to 4pm Meet the experts and take a closer look at the marvelous world of fungi. There’ll be microscopes to get a closer look plus hands-on craft activities involving large white umbrellas! This event is part of UK Fungus Day and Norwich Science Festival. Activities drop in and...

Music in Eaton Park 2017

This summer four bands are scheduled to play on the bandstand in Eaton Park. Warm thanks to Norwich City Council and organiser Brian Dermott for this super programme! Norwich City Concert Band Sunday 18 June, 3pm to 5pm Dereham Band Sunday 16 July, 3pm to 5pm Norwich Accordion Band Sunday 6 August, 3pm to 5pm Great Yarmouth Brass Band Sunday 20 August, 3pm to...

Captain Sandys-Winsch

Captain Arnold Edward Sandys-Winsch (1888 – 1964) was born in Knutsford, Cheshire. He attended Cheshire Horticultural College, becoming a landscape architect, and was articled to the renowned landscape architect, Thomas Mawson. During the 1914-1918 world war he was first with the Royal Field Artillery, then attached to the Air Service as a pilot and was finally with the British Army of Occupation. In 1919 he became Parks Superintendent in Norwich, a post he held for 34 years.In the early 1920s it was proposed that he use men unemployed after demobilisation to help construct some of the Norwich parks, a job he clearly carried out with dedication and meticulous attention to detail. At the time Norwich had very few open spaces (Chapelfield Gardens was one of them) but when he retired Norwich had about 600 acres of parks and open spaces. Sandys-Winsch also created model allotments and organised the planting of some 20,000 trees in the parks and streets. Norwich Corporation sought to provide for the recreational needs of Norwich citizens and the Captain proved just the person to turn their vision into reality. Because of his army career, he seems to have taken a rather military approach to the task of creating parks in Norwich but there is no doubt that, in his time as Parks Superintendent, he changed radically the appearance of Norwich and created green spaces on a huge scale for the future enjoyment of everyone. We should remember him for this. Sandys-Winsch was also a national authority on growing and judging daffodils and an active member of the Norfolk and Norwich Horticultural Society. Read more in...

Footgolf

Footgolf is one of the UK’s fastest growing sports – a winning combination of football and golf. You play it on a golf course using a size 5 football. Like golf, the object of the game is to get the ball into the hole in the fewest number of shots possible. Eaton Park’s newest sport uses the existing pitch and putt course but different holes. Norwich has two courses, Eaton Park and Mousehold Heath. As well as a great way to exercise and get some fresh air footgolf is sociable and it’s good fun for all ages. Footgolf times are Tuesday and Friday evenings from 3pm to dusk and Saturdays from 1pm to dusk. Tickets cost: Full details here. Go-for-less discounts...

Tennis in Eaton Park

Tennis is booming in Eaton Park and across Norwich. Chris Evans of Norwich Parks Tennis updates us. It costs £30 per year for a family/household to join Norwich Parks Tennis. Membership allows you to book a tennis court up to one month in advance and guarantees the court will be waiting for you when you arrive. The scheme is massively popular and the number of registered players has recently exceeded 1500. It’s great to see such a wide variety of people playing tennis whether this is in the coaching sessions we offer, or with friends and family; daytime or at night, when the floodlights are turned on. More and more people are taking up the game and accessing the coaching programme to brush up on their skills. Norwich Parks  Tennis offers a wide range of professionally led coaching options including sessions for children, adult and cardio tennis, as well as our female only Tennis Tuesdays which are part of the This girl can campaign. All sessions are competitively priced and offer different options for different levels from beginners to experienced players. If you think you might like to get involved you can book a free first session to see what it’s like. Often with tennis the challenge is finding someone to play with. Our coaches offer social sessions on Saturday afternoons where you can come and meet new players. You don’t have to be a member to take these up as they are open to the all members of the public. To ensure everyone gets a good game there are two sessions, one for beginners and the other for...