Tuesday 12th June – 23rd meeting of 2018
Our numbers still short this week just five of us due to holidays and sickness. We planned a change this week by staying local and not going up to London for our meeting.
We drove and met at High Elms Country Park which is an 250 acre public park on the North Downs in Farnborough in the London Borough of Bromley and it is within easy reach for us all.
We met at The Beeche cafe. Bromley Council has established the Bromley Environmental Education Centre (BEECHE) at the park and runs enviromental programmes for schools and public events in school holidays.
After having our drinks and eats we went out into the park. It was a very nice day and although overcast it was warm. This is a fabulous area with lovely grasslands, woods, open fields, meadows, golf course and nature trail.
This area all belonged to the Lubbock family and in 1840 was inherited by the astronomer and banker Sir John Lubbock who built a new mansion in the Italian style. He became a friend of Charles Darwin who moved into nearby Downe House. In 1938 the estate was sold to Kent County Council. In 1965 the area became part of London Borough Bromley and the land became public open space, but in 1967 the mansion burnt down.
In our walk we saw the bee hives about 11 and one had transparent sides so that you could see the bees working away! We saw a heron and some beautiful pink water lilies. We passed the apple orchard, Ice Well and walked through the woods into the lovely open field. There were many people walking their dogs, lots of walkers and also many Mums with children enjoying the freedom of this wonderful space.
The gardeners amongst us named many of the flowers and trees and had conversations on their successes of growing some of them!
A different day for us today but it was very enjoyable and good to get out in the countryside.