Tuesday, 14 June 2011

BUG (Butterfield Green Users’ Group) AGM June 8th 2011



1. Achievements and Plans

See below


2. Updates

There has been a further Green Flag inspection. Although the ping-pong area has been resurfaced and new fencing put round the newly planted areas, much work identified as being needed in the last inspection has not been completed - so we don't have high expectations!We will hear the result later in the year
There is a biodiversity workshop on Monday 18th July 6.30 - 8.30 - about how to raise money for biodiversity issues. It is run by the very good new biodiversity officer - if you would like to go, contact Maggie.
Dog control powers consultation Hackney Council website. Hackney are consulting on extending their powers to control dogs in public spaces including parks. People and other animals have priority in the consultation, so we urge you to complete the consultation – it’s very user-friendly – and to mention damage done to trees (several seriously damaged and one killed by dogs). We recommend that dogs be kept on leads in areas of young trees (to minimize damage to growth) and long grass (because dog fouling in long grass is difficult to deal with and presents health risks to people spending time there. There is plenty of room to express your own views.
Milton Grove section of Butterfield Green. Hackney Parks are going to consult on the Milton Grove section of BG. At present, people describe it as unwelcoming and dark. It is being used as a dump; as an area to run dogs in, with the gates closed and, apparently, drug-dealing. It could be opened up further and redesigned for greater use. Please let us know what you think.


3. Election of committee

Involves: monthly gardening sessions; meetings with Hackney parks dept - about every 6 weeks; meetings of Hackney Parks forum every 3 months; monthlyBUG/SRA meetings; planning priorities on Butterfield Green; planning and carrying our fund-raising activities.
Current members will continue

We would welcome any help with any part of the work!



  • Monthly gardening days - whatever the weather!
  • Lobbying Hackney Council via the Hackney Parks Forum to pay insurance for BUG events
  • Successful and fun Apple Day - raised money for plants
  • Bought and plantedplants to fill in the gapsin the flower bed next to Allen Road Gates
  • Planted almond tree in orchard
  • Obtained funding from Capital Growth and put new raised beds, made by people doing community service, in orchard
  • Planted new fruit bushes; some vegetables also being grown
  • Brick edging to herb/fruit bush borders built
  • Pushed to get stream and pump fixed after winter break-down
  • Agreed priorities with Hackney Parks - ping-pong area resurfaced; new planting area re-fenced
  • Liaised with the British Trust for Conservation who led young people in clearing areas of the park
  • Produced labels for the tree-labeling walk
  • Worked on the film nights
  • Planning and obtaining funding from the Big Lottery for the workshops and Vivid Green evening



  • BG Priorities: As funding from Hackney has been almost non-existent, a lot of the priorities we identified with them have not been addressed:
    • resurfacing multi-games area in Shakespeare Walk
    • replanting at entrances
    • signage and information boards
      • We will continue to press for these
  • Vivid Green - a celebration of the Green
  • Apple Day in October

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