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Published on April 19th, 2013 | by James Clarke

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Wolverhampton set to get its own version of Monopoly!

Wolverhampton is set to get the full official MONOPOLY treatment with its very own customised board, which will be out later this year in time for Christmas. And it will be the great Wolverhampton public who will get to vote for the 22 property landmarks that make it onto the board.

So, for example, Wulfruna Street could replace Mayfair from the original London MONOPOLY. Or Molineux Stadium could appear on Old Kent Road!

The board will see Wolverhampton’s finest landmarks swap places with the famous MONOPOLY London sites like Trafalgar Square and Oxford Street. In addition, the four London train stations will be handed over to a city ‘travel’ theme.

Some of the Community Chest and Chance cards are being customised too, with very bold plans for one to say ‘You will be fined for going to Birmingham’!

The Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Mrs Christine Mills, a self-confessed MONOPOLY fan who plays using the dog counter attended the launch event at the band stand in West Park this morning.

Councillor Mills said: “MONOPOLY is a classic game for all the family and it’s fantastic news that, nearly 80 years after it was first launched, the great and greater Wolverhampton public will be able to expand their property empire by snapping up some famous landmarks in Wolverhampton!”.

The new MONOPOLY: Wolverhampton Edition will be available from this October in time for Christmas – very extensively online and at all good toy and book stores – including at: Amazon.co.uk, Ocado, Toys R Us, Waitrose, Waterstones, WH Smith and The Works.

Voting starts at 10am on Friday 19th April 2013 and ends five weeks later on 24th May 2013.

Nominations for landmarks and famous streets – as well as general suggestions – to wolverhampton@winningmoves.co.uk  OR at www.facebook.com/wolverhamptonmonopoly or by post to:

WOLVERHAMPTON MONOPOLY, Winning Moves UK, 7 Praed Street, London W2 1NJ.

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Letters from America …

We had an interesting email yesterday from Gary in the USA.

Gary had been born and raised in Wolverhampton and later moved Stateside. Gary’s mother still lives in Wolverhampton.

Some years ago Gary donated a ‘Jade Vine’ Strongylodon macrobotrys  together with an ‘Angel’s Trumpet’ Brugmansia plant.

We spoke to Graham and Theresa – who work in the Conservatory at West Park – and they told us that the plants are still growing, still thriving but still no flowers have appeared on the ‘Jade Vine’  … on a lighter note, the ‘Angel’s Trumpet’ is doing really well!

Graham remembered that Gary also sent us a ‘Orchid Cactus’ ephiphyllum and a ‘Ginger Kahili’ Hedychium gardnerianum and they are both thriving.  Both of these plans flower regularly.  We’ll try to post photographs of these in the future.

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Dog and chips …

Not another story about animals and food?  No, more a question really …

The Environment Secretary (Owen Paterson) has announced that all dogs in England must be micro-chipped, by law, from 6 April 2016.

Obviously, us ‘Parkies’ love nothing better than to meet our well-behaved canine chums and their humans.   The one’s we really enjoy the company of; are the ones that bring their own dog waste bags, clear up after themselves, abide by the bye-laws with regard to when/where our pups can go on/off lead etc.

Usually, it’s this type of human that will already have taken the precaution of having their dog micro-chipped.  Let’s face it – our canine pals don’t come cheap – do they?  Surely, it’s in our own interests to protect our pets as much as we can.  Micro-chipping helps to reunite us if our dogs get lost, escape their home environment.

Meet Jessie - Wilf's 'mutt'

Meet Jessie – Wilf’s ‘mutt’

Tell us what you feel about it? Do you support this new legislation? Do you already have your pets micro-chipped? Do you think it will help to re-home stray dogs?

Let us know what you think …

More information can be found on the BBC Website here.

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Rachel’s Top 10 Winter Wildlife Tips

 

How to help your garden birds survive through the winter

woodpecker1.       Provide plenty of nutritious and fatty foods – In the winter, birds need more high energy foods because they burn more calories to keep themselves warm.  Recommended food types include:

    • Black Sunflower Seed – A very popular food type with garden birds due to its high oil content
    • Nyjer – Rich in fat.  A particular favourite of Goldfinches and Siskins
    • Peanuts – These are rich in fat and protein and are probably the most popular food type for garden birds
    • Suet – High in energy.  A favourite of Woodpeckers and other insect-eating birds
    • Mealworms – Packed with protein.  A favourite of the Robins and
    • Fruits and berries – High water content and energy-rich.  Favourites of Song thrushes, Blackbirds and winter migrants such as Waxwings.

 robin2.       Foods to avoid – There are certain foods that should be avoided:

    • Cheap bags of mixed bird seed – These tend to contain a lot of “filler” seed, which lacks nutritional value and will not be eaten by the birds
    • Stale or mouldy foods – provides a breeding ground for salmonella bacteria, which can cause food poisoning
    • Dried foods – can swell up in the bird’s stomach
    • Salted foods, e.g. peanuts – most birds cannot process the salt and may die from ingesting too much
    • Cooking fat – prone to smearing which is not good for the bird’s feathers
    • Milk – Birds cannot digest it so it can result in serious stomach problems, or even death

roostinghuts 3.       Provide an escape route – Make sure your birdbath and feeders are placed near cover, such as a hedge or shrub.  This will give the birds a chance to escape any predators.

 4.       Provide water – Like us, birds need water for drinking and bathing; but although many of us put food out for birds, very few people provide a regular supply of clean water.  Most small birds need to drink at least twice a day.  Doing this replaces any water lost through respiration or droppings.  Bathing is essential for them as it helps keep their feathers in good condition, which makes it easier for them to preen themselves.  Preening is important for birds because it helps their feathers remain waterproof and traps an insulating layer of air underneath, retaining heat.  There are various ways of providing water for birds in the garden, but the easiest way is a birdbath.

waxwing5.       Clean your birdbath – Your birdbath should be topped up and cleaned regularly to prevent birds from catching diseases. Only non-toxic products should be used to clean out your birdbath.  Diluted household disinfectants can also be used, rinse the birdbath out thoroughly after use to remove any trace of chemicals.

 6.       Keep your birdbath from freezing – Supplying water for birds is particularly important in winter when many natural water supplies become frozen.  Birdbaths will also freeze over in cold weather, but there are several methods you can use to prevent this from happening.  Here are some from the RSPB:

    • A metal container placed on three or four bricks with a night light underneath, sheltering it from the wind with further bricks
    • A thermostatically controlled immersion heater, or a light bulb inside a tiling pipe on which the dish is resting, but they must be fitted with suitable external wiring
    • A light ball, like a ping-pong ball, when placed in the water – will be moved by even a gentle breeze and keep just a small amount of water ice free, even in fairly severe conditions
    • Line the bath with a polythene sheet that you can lift out along with the ice
    • Pour on hot water to melt the ice
    • If you really want to treat your garden birds, the ultimate option is the Solar Sipper, a bird bath that uses solar energy to prevent the water from freezing.

 7.       Bird boxes aren’t just for spring – Now is a great time to start putting up bird boxes or cleaning out old ones, as many birds will use them to roost in on cold winter nights.

 8.       Natural food sources – Supplementary feeding is very important for the survival of our garden birds but it cannot solely provide all the natural proteins and vitamins that birds need, so try to also include natural food sources in your garden, such as a native hedgerow or fruit trees.

 9.       Don’t stop – Once you start feeding birds, the most important thing is not to stop.  Birds will very quickly come to rely on the food you provide them for their survival, so make sure you stock up regularly.

10.   Be careful with anti-freeze – Thousands of animals including wildlife and domestic pets die every year because they lick up spilled anti-freeze on garage floors, driveways, garden paths, pavements and roads.  Anti-freeze tastes sweet, and this makes it attractive to animals, but it is highly toxic.  Any animals that consume it and not treated quickly, will suffer a long and agonising death.  So please, be careful!

For more wildlife tips and information, why not come along to our Birding event at East Park this Saturday (15th December)?

The event will start with a guided bird watch walk around the park, and then there will be some fun, nature-related activities for kids, followed by a Wildlife Workshop, where we will be showing you how you can make your very own fat cakes for your garden birds!

Meet at the Pavilion (the green building in the centre of the park) at 10am for the bird watch walk, or at 12pm for the wildlife workshop.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

Creative Commons Credits

-          Great Spotted Woodpecker © Rachel Davies

-          Robin © ALAMY – Telgraph

-          Roosting Huts ©Duncraft

-          Waxwing © Christopher Drake

 

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Rachel’s Top 10 Winter Wildlife Tips

Rachel’s Top 10 Winter Wildlife Tips

How to help your garden birds survive through the winter

 

Woodpecker

 

1.       Provide plenty of nutritious and fatty foods – In the winter, birds need more high energy foods because they burn more calories to keep themselves warm.  Recommended food types include: 

  • Black Sunflower Seed – A very popular food type with garden birds due to its high oil content
  • Nyjer – Rich in fat.  A particular favourite of Goldfinches and Siskins
  • Peanuts – These are rich in fat and protein and are probably the most popular food type for garden birds
  • Suet – High in energy.  A favourite of Woodpeckers and other insect-eating birds
  • Mealworms – Packed with protein.  A favourite of the Robins and
  • Fruits and berries – High water content and energy-rich.  Favourites of Song thrushes, Blackbirds and winter migrants such as Waxwings.
    Robin

2.       Foods to avoid – There are certain foods that should be avoided:

  • Cheap bags of mixed bird seed – These tend to contain a lot of “filler” seed, which lacks nutritional value and will not be eaten by the birds
  • Stale or mouldy foods – provides a breeding ground for salmonella bacteria, which can cause food poisoning
  • Dried foods – can swell up in the bird’s stomach
  • Salted foods, e.g. peanuts – most birds cannot process the salt and may die from ingesting too much
  •  Cooking fat – prone to smearing which is not good for the bird’s feathers
  • Milk – Birds cannot digest it so it can result in serious stomach problems, or even death. 
    Roostinghuts

3.       Provide an escape route – Make sure your birdbath and feeders are placed near cover, such as a hedge or shrub.  This will give the birds a chance to escape any predators.

4.       Provide water – Like us, birds need water for drinking and bathing; but although many of us put food out for birds, very few people provide a regular supply of clean water.  Most small birds need to drink at least twice a day.  Doing this replaces any water lost through respiration or droppings.  Bathing is essential for them as it helps keep their feathers in good condition, which makes it easier for them to preen themselves.  Preening is important for birds because it helps their feathers remain waterproof and traps an insulating layer of air underneath, retaining heat.  There are various ways of providing water for birds in the garden, but the easiest way is a birdbath.

Waxwing

5.   Clean your birdbath – Your birdbath should be topped up and cleaned regularly to prevent birds from catching diseases. Only non-toxic products should be used to clean out your birdbath.  Diluted household disinfectants can also be used, rinse the birdbath out thoroughly after use to remove any trace of chemicals. 

6.       Keep your birdbath from freezing – Supplying water for birds is particularly important in winter when many natural water supplies become frozen.  Birdbaths will also freeze over in cold weather, but there are several methods you can use to prevent this from happening. Here are some from the RSPB:

·         A metal container placed on three or four bricks with a night light underneath, sheltering it from the wind with further bricks  

·         A thermostatically controlled immersion heater, or a light bulb inside a tiling pipe on which the dish is resting, but they must be fitted with suitable external wiring  

·         A light ball, like a ping-pong ball, when placed in the water – will be moved by even a gentle breeze and keep just a small amount of water ice free, even in fairly severe conditions

·         Line the bath with a polythene sheet that you can lift out along with the ice

·         Pour on hot water to melt the ice

·         If you really want to treat your garden birds, the ultimate option is the Solar Sipper, a bird bath that uses solar energy to prevent the water from freezing.  

 

7.       Bird boxes aren’t just for spring – Now is a great time to start putting up bird boxes or cleaning out old ones, as many birds will use them to roost in on cold winter nights.  

 

8.       Natural food sources – Supplementary feeding is very important for the survival of our garden birds but it cannot solely provide all the natural proteins and vitamins that birds need, so try to also include natural food sources in your garden, such as a native hedgerow or fruit trees.  

  

9.       Don’t stop – Once you start feeding birds, the most important thing is not to stop.  Birds will very quickly come to rely on the food you provide them for their survival, so make sure you stock up regularly. 

 

 

 

10.   Be careful with anti-freeze – Thousands of animals including wildlife and domestic pets die every year because they lick up spilled anti-freeze on garage floors, driveways, garden paths, pavements and roads.  Anti-freeze tastes sweet, and this makes it attractive to animals, but it is highly toxic.  Any animals that consume it and not treated quickly, will suffer a long and agonising death.  So please, be careful! 

 

For more wildlife tips and information, why not come along to our Birding event at East Park this Saturday (15th December)?

The event will start with a guided bird watch walk around the park, and then there will be some fun, nature-related activities for kids, followed by a Wildlife Workshop, where we will be showing you how you can make your very own fat cakes for your garden birds!

Meet at the Pavilion (the green building in the centre of the park) at 10am for the bird watch walk, or at 12pm for the wildlife workshop.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

Creative Commons Credits


-          Great Spotted Woodpecker © Rachel Davies


-          Robin © ALAMY – Telgraph

-          Roosting Huts © Duncraft

-          Waxwing © Christopher Drake

 

 

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East Park Tree Planting

Saturday, 24 November 2012

We had lots of fun on Saturday

To celebrate National Tree Week 2012 (24 November – 2 December), we held a tree planting event for our park users in East Park, where we planted 18 trees.

Those who took part were given the chance to plant their very own tree in the park, from a selection of native species, all of which are highly valuable to wildlife.

Common Alder (Alnus glutinosa) – The Catkins of the Alder provide an early source of nectar for bees, and the seeds are enjoyed by Finches such as Siskins, Redpolls and Goldfinches.  The Alder is also a popular food plant for many insects and moth larvae such as the Alder Kitten.

Bird Cherry (Prunus padus) – Cherry fruits are a favoured food source for many birds such as the Blackbird, Song and Mistle Thrush.  Also, fallen fruits are often eaten by mammals such as Badgers, Dormice and Woodmice.

Rowan/Mountain Ash (Sorbus aucuparia) – The bright scarlet fruits of this tree are a favourite food for birds in winter and often attract migrants like Waxwings into busy town centres.  The flowers of the tree attract many species of moth and pollinating insects too.

Common Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) – The tough seeds of the tree are a favourite food of the Hawfinch, the only British bird able to crack them open!

Silver Birch (Betula pendula) – Silver birch leaves attract aphids which in turn provide food for many ladybird species and for Blue, Great and Long-tailed tits.  The leaves are also food for the Angle-shades moth, the Buff Tip, the Pebble Hook-Tip, and the Large and Little Emerald moths.  Silver birch supports well over 300 insect species; a fact that makes these trees a favoured foraging place for Woodpeckers which often make nesting holes in the trunk.  Birch seeds also provide winter food for Siskins, Greenfinches and Redpolls.

The Parks Service is currently in the process of restoring East Park to its former glory and planting these trees has enabled our park users to play their own small part in its transformation, helping to make it a more attractive and friendly place to be.

Some of those who took part planted their tree in memory of a loved one; others wanted to do their ‘bit’ for nature.  Either way, it will be beneficial to each and every one of them, as it will be a permanent reminder of the day they created a little bit of their own family history.

The event was also an opportunity to meet Rachel, our newly appointed East Park Activities Officer, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund until 2014.

Rachel would like to say a big thank you to the 27 people from the Eastfield/Bilston area and beyond, who came along.  Also special thanks for the Rangers who helped her to lead the event and other colleagues that helped her organise it.

Remember that you can find us here:

Until next time …

^Wilf

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Where are they now? …

Where are they now?

Back in the mid 1980′s …

When our service was part of the Leisure Services Department at Wolverhampton City Council – photographs were taken prior to producing a new booklet all about Parks in Wolverhampton.  On the front cover of the booklet is a photograph of two happy, smiling, little girls – could one of them be you?

Do you know who they are?

Where are they now? Do you know who they are?

If it’s you – then please get in touch with us … details at the end of this blogpost.

Another quest for our subjects in the photographs is this one of two gentlemen (probably at Bantock Park or East Park, Wolverhampton) having a quick game of Pitch and Putt.

Is it Rory McIlroy? or is it Ernie Els?

Do you know these budding golfers? Last seen probably Bantock Park, Wolverhampton in the mid to late 1980′s.

and one that we have been able to identify is one of our own, taking centre stage it’s Pendeford Mill Local Nature Reserve’s manager, Paul, who was just a whipper-snapper himself back in the 1980′s.  Paul’s still with us today and still enjoying working at Pendeford Mill, where we held one of our annual open days on the last Sunday in July.  We don’t know who the other people are in the shot but if you know who they are, just get in touch with Wilf.

Who's with Pendeford Mill's Paul in this one?

Who’s with Pendeford Mill’s Paul in this one?

So if you know who any of our “wonderful Wulfrunians” are – then just get in touch with us …

Email:  wilf@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Call us:  01902 551145

Even better – send us a photograph as they are now … We’re searching our archives at the moment, so there may be more of these ‘Where are they now?’ features coming soon.

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Team GB

teamgb by wolvesparkies
teamgb, a photo by wolvesparkies on Flickr.

We’re hoping that with the Olympics 2012 being held here in Blighty that many of us that haven’t taken up sports before, might now decide that it’s a good idea.

You can find lots of information on taking up sports from the website …

http://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/leisure_culture/sports/

When we’re out and about in the parks, we get to see many people enjoying themselves on the outdoor gym equipment, using the multi use ball game courts, tennis, badminton, football, cricket, rugby, holding running races and chasing Frisbees … so why not give it a go …

^Wilf

Via Flickr:
Wolverhampton Parks support Team GB
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Isn’t it great seeing the kids having fun ….

It’s brilliant seeing the kids having fun and splashing around in the paddling pool in the  back garden or at our own Tettenhall Pool here in Wolverhampton.

You can check out some photographs from the Tettenhall blog here of families enjoying themselves on just such a sunny day as today.

However, that sunny scene can change dramatically, as a family in one of our neighbouring boroughs has found this week when a youngster of just 15 was tragically drowned in open water.

We really want our children to be safe and sound and when they’re still young enough, we can do that by staying with them whilst they play.  The trouble is that there aren’t that many 14 or 15 year old lads and lasses that would welcome being with their mums or dads on the sunniest day of the year.

Please just take a minute to check out swimming.org website for ideas on how we can all teach our kids to respect open water and keep themselves safe.

Another excellent site of course is ROSPA - great water wise quiz …

Just keep safe everybody and enjoy the sunny days while we have them.

 

Until next time

^Wilf

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We’re flying the flag … again …

Your parks win Green Flag Award …

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17 July 2012

We are delighted with the news that four parks in Wolverhampton are among the very best green spaces in the country – and that’s official!  We hope you are too.  Each of the parks below have received a Green Flag Award – a sign to visitors that they are well maintained, well managed and have excellent facilities.

To help us celebrate, we were joined at the bandstand with children from a local school (together with Councillor Elias Mattu – the City Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Communities).

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It’s the fifth year running that West Park and Bantock Park have secured the award, and St Peter’s Gardens has received a Green Flag every year since 2009.  Over in the south-east of Wolverhampton, Phoenix Park picked up its third Green Flag since a £1.6m makeover which was completed in 2010.

The four parks which have today received Green Flags each offer something different for their visitors.  West Park is considered to be one of the best, unspoiled examples of a Victorian park left in England.  It features a boating lake, conservatory, tea room, bandstand and beautiful floral displays and hosts numerous events for all the family throughout the year.

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Bantock Park is equally popular with visitors young and old, nestling alongside the fascinating Bantock House Museum with its wonderful cafe, are sports pitches, children’s play area, pitch and putt and an outdoor gym.

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Phoenix Park in Blakenhall has been given a new lease of life, thanks to a major redevelopment and now offers an adventure play area, fitness equipment, wildflower meadows and lavender maze, ball courts, an outdoor gym and playing fields.

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Meanwhile, St Peter’s Gardens is a tranquil area in the heart of Wolverhampton, which is a popular lunch spot for city workers.  It also recently enjoyed a colourful contribution from “yarn bombers” as part of a project run by our colleagues at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

And as if that wasn’t enough …

West Park and Bantock Park were named Green Heritage Sites for the fourth year running.

The award aims to promote the value and upkeep of historic sites like our two Wolverhampton parks.

So, if you’re not sure where to go or what to do to keep the children entertained during the school summer holidays – then why not get them along to your nearest park and have some fun.

Until next time

^Wilf

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