User Group Public Meeting: Saturday 12 November at 11am
Come and join us for our regular bi-montly meeting from 11am to noon in Clissold House. As well as all the usual updates, we will be discussing biodiversity in the park. You can read a note of the last meeting here.
Sunday Talk: 12 November at 2pm
Saved by the People – The Creation of Clissold Park in the 1880s – An illustrated talk by Amir Dotan
Clissold Park would have been built over in the 1880s if it had not been for a passionate campaign to preserve it for the public. The dramatic details have recently come to light, 127 years after it opened, in a treasure trove of news cuttings, letters and maps. Our user group park historian, Amir Dotan, provides a glimpse into the riveting saga.
In the Drawing Room in Clissold House. Talk at 2pm, doors open at 1.30pm. Please book in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets £5 including a glass of wine or a soft drink. All profits will go to the user group.
Sunday Talk: 27 November at 2pm
A Walk in the Park: An Illustrated Talk by Travis Elborough
From their medieval life as private royal hunting grounds and private estates to their modern incarnation as public spaces teeming with activity, as Clissold Park is today, acclaimed author Travis Elborough traces the extraordinary history of public parks in an illustrated talk based on his new book, A Walk in the Park: The Life and Times of a People’s Institution.
In the Drawing Room in Clissold House. Talk at 2pm, doors open at 1.30pm. Please book in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets £5 including a glass of wine or a soft drink. Any profits will go to the user group.
On Monday of this week we bid a fond farewell to Arthur Disney who lived on Queen Elizabeth Walk opposite the park for many years. He was a great friend of the park and cared passionately about its trees, fighting on their behalf on many occasions. His wife Christine, who died in 2004, was Chair of the user group for many years. Arthur will be sadly missed. His neighbours are planning to plant a tree in their memory in the park and the user group will be making a donation. Please let us know if you would like to contribute.