Hackney Council, with the help of wonderful volunteers, has relaid the park’s paths so they’ll be less muddy. As the weather has been so dry, it’s taken longer than expected for the paths to ‘bed down’ and they’re still a bit dusty, but they should improve with wetter weather.
Works on the chapel continue and it’s hoped they’ll be finished by the end of the year.
Look out for strange contraptions in Abney’s trees. These are part of a University of Cambridge project ‘Rethinking Urban Nature’ to study Abney’s invertebrates.
There’s lots of firewood at Abney Park, free to a good fire. Both well seasoned logs, still in long lengths which need to be sawn and split, and kindling. Vehicle access can be arranged Monday to Friday, usually 8am-3pm.
Get Green Woodworking gift vouchers from Abney Park’s green woodworkers. For £226 you can give your favourite potential green woodworker their own carving knife and a voucher for an Introduction to green woodwork course. firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
REMEMBERING BRONTERRE O’BRIEN
Come hear Christine Blower, ex-General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, give the annual Bronterre O’Brien memorial address, and help remember this radical Victorian politician, who’s buried at Abney Park.
James ‘Bronterre’ O’Brien fought for peace, an untaxed free press, universal suffrage and parliamentary reform in the 19th century and many of his campaigns and ideas are still relevant today.
In recognition of his lasting legacy, an annual graveside address (organised by Chris Maguire of the Connolly Association ) was given at Abney Park for many years, by speakers such as Arthur Scargill, AJP Taylor and Tony Benn.
Last year Jeremy Corbyn gave the address, reviving the tradition, and this year we’re very grateful to Christine Blower for continuing this important commemoration. 24 September, 11am
Meet at the Stoke Newington High St gates
INTRO TO GREEN WOODWORKING COURSES
Taught in small groups over four consecutive Thursdays, this course gives participants confidence working in green wood with an axe and a knife. Suitable for complete beginners, those who have carpentry experience but are new to green woodwork, and those who have done a little green woodwork and would like to learn more. The course is also an induction to the London Green Wood workshop at Abney Park and all participants are invited to continue using the workshop regularly or occasionally after the course. 6, 13, 20, 27 Oct, 9am-4pm
3, 10, 17, 24 Nov, 9am-4pm
1, 8, 15, 22 Dec, 9am-4pm
£200, £150 concessions (limited spaces).
Suitable for: over 18s only, no previous experience required.
For more info and to book email email@example.com
MONTHLY GUIDED WALK
First Sunday of the month, 2-3.30pm
Free, please donate if you can.
Come for a relaxing and entertaining stroll around one of London’s most intriguing and beautiful sites. Learn about Abney Park’s rich history, about some of the characters laid to rest here and about its fascinating flora and fauna. Meet at the main gates at Stoke Newington High St
Every Thurs, 10am-2pm with breaks
Join us for our regular community volunteering days to conserve and improve the landscape at Abney Park. All welcome, but please email firstname.lastname@example.org coming for the first time. Meet 9.30am at the Stoke Newington High Street gates for a cup of tea before we start
MUSIC HALL GUILD TOUR
Last Saturday each month, 2pm
Join the Music Hall Guild of Great Britain & America for a guided walk around Abney Park. Meet at the main gates at Stoke Newington High St.