Dates for the public Christmas Wreaths sessions announced

We are taking bookings for the public Christmas Wreaths sessions in Jesmond Dene from Monday 1 October at 9.30am.   Please call in or phone  the Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre  on 0191 2812082.

The sessions are on:

Sat 8 December                   10am -12.30pm

Tues 11 December              6.30 – 9pm

Wed 12 December               10am – 12.30pm

The cost is £12.50 per person (includes refreshments)

Come along and make your own Christmas Wreath. All materials provided but if you have a pair of secateurs please bring them with you. Places are limited; book early to ensure your place, 2812082 and for more information. This is an event for adults, so sorry, no under 16s.

Litter in Jesmond Dene

The Friends of Jesmond Dene and the Volunteer Rangers actively work to improve the Dene, assisting the Council Rangers with practical works and events and funding projects to enhance the Dene. We are very aware of the impact that the Council’s austerity measures have had on the City’s parks in recent years in terms of vastly reduced maintenance and cleansing.  

We share your frustration regarding litter being thoughtlessly dropped in the Dene by a minority of park users.  We would ask that everyone takes responsibility for their own litter. Please put it into one of the large bins throughout the Dene or, if the bins are full, take it home with you to put in your own domestic bins.  

If any of you would like to get involved in an organised litter pick in a particular area of the Dene, please email Sarah or Mike, the Park Rangers.

Thank you, The Friends of Jesmond Dene Committee

Our AGM on Sunday 13th May

Open Weekend coming up next weekend, including our Annual General Meeting at 2pm on Sunday 13, May 2018
in the Classroom at the Visitors’ Centre, Jesmond Dene
1 Welcome and apologies for absence
2 Matters Arising (from meeting on 14 May, 2017)
3 Treasurer’s report
4 Chairman’s annual update
5 Election of officers and committee members
6 Approval of Position Statement
7 Any Other Business
8 John Grundy, our Patron, will provide an informative talk about philanthropy in the northeast
Please join us.

Repairs to Nature Area dipping platform


You may be aware that some nine years ago a new pond was dug in Jesmond Dene Nature Area, across the river from Pets Corner. The new pond was provided with a dipping platform to allow parties of children to dip for pond creatures. The supporting framework of the platform was made from recycled plastic, which has the advantage of not rotting, but is expensive compared to wood. The decking for the platform was made from wooden planks that we happened to have available at the time.

Last year it became apparent that some of the decking planks had rotted and needed replacing. The volunteer rangers applied some temporary patches to allow the platform to continue to be used, but it was obvious that the decking would have to be replaced. It was decided to use recycled plastic for this, as the plastic framework for the platform has lasted so well. The planking cost £936.68, of which £541 was raised from the proceeds of the Christmas Raffle, with the remaining £395.68 coming from the funds of the Volunteer Rangers.

Sarah, the Ranger, ordered the plastic planking and some of the volunteer rangers spent two or three sessions during December ripping up the old planking and putting down the new stuff. Apart from it being rot-proof the new planking does not need chicken wire to provide a grip as one side of the planks is deliberately roughened and plastic does not become slimy in the wet as wood does. The new decking should last much longer than the wooden planks that it has replaced. I have enclosed some photos of the decking being replaced.

Newcastle Parks Trust – Next Steps – Recruitment of Board of Trustees and Feedback Sessions

Newcastle City Council Cabinet has approved the creation of a new charitable company – “Newcastle Parks Trust” – for parks and allotments.

The advert for the founding Board of Trustees is available…/Chair_and_Board_of_Truste…/171074

Feedback sessions have been arranged at 4 locations around the City to explain what Cabinet decided and what will happen next. The sessions are as follows:

FREE Family-friendly event

Come and join us for the Big Garden Birdwatch in Jesmond Dene on Saturday (27 January 2018) from 10.30am till 2.30pm.

Members of RSPB Newcastle Local Group, Rangers and Volunteers will be in Jesmond Dene helping you to identify garden birds, and adding your sightings to the national survey. You can also build a bird box or bird feeder to take home.
(There will be a charge for the bird box / feeders)