WINTER PLANTING IN THE PARK:     Photos by David Macdonald and Rowan Kumar

The Friends organized planting along both the Park View Academy and Keston Centre fences.

Park View Academy boundary fence, birch whip screening. This shows the community planting day in November for this Making a Difference project.. Park View Academy and Downhills Primary school pupils also helped with the planting for Clean Sweep Week.Some 900 birch whips were planted in three staggered rows to soften the industrial metal fence with pleasant greenery.

Birch whip screening of Park View Academy fence

BELOW: Rebecca and Laura from BTCV with  Gary Whitham from Friends of Downhills Park planting spring bulbs near  Philip Lane gate in November

Planting spring bulbs near Philip lane gate in November

BELOW: Friends, BTCV workers, and other volunteers planting lime trees in the park on 1 December to extend the avenue 

Planting trees in the park on 1 Dec 2007

Below: David Macdonald replanting Keston Centre fence with Spotted Laurels, December 2007.  Update May 2008: only four of the shrubs now remain after Parks Dept grasscutters recently mowed down the rest of the small shrubs by mistake. Replacement shrubs are being requested from Parks Dept. Very disheartening.

Replanting the Keston Centre boundary fence with Spotted Laurels