Peace in the Park
The Friends received finding from Norwood Forum to run a series of free wellness classes in the park on Sundays in September and October in 2017.
Classes ranged from tai chi, pilates, yoga, and meditation, and were free to attend and run by local practitioners.
This gave attendees the opportunity to spend time in the park and to try something new which is beneficial for physical and mental health.
Film festival in Norwood Park
In My 2017, Picturehouse Cinema hosted a successful film screening in Norwood Park, screening three films over a weekend: Withnail & I, Clueless and Aliens. Each screening was sold out, and the event had a great relaxed vibe.
Mulled apple juice and mince pies were provided by Athraa at the Hungry Hippo Cafe. Even Mother Christmas dropped by to hand out a few presents to the gathered children.
Home growers fence painting day
In 2016, the Friends arranged a volunteering day where locals helped paint the allotment fence with paint donated by Kingswood Primary school. The fence was getting worn and weathered, and the new paint will now protect the wood for years to come.
Meadow planting day
The park received funding for a meadow in the fenced off area by the Salter's Hill entrance. Streetscape were awarded the contract to plant the meadow.
The meadow will be a mix of perennial and annual plants which will come into bloom in 2017.
Easter egg hunt
On Easter Sunday 2016, and again in 2017, the Friends organised an Easter egg hunt in the playground.
Eggs were hidden by the Easter bunny all over the playground, he'd even left his footprints behind!
The kids decorated and made Easter baskets out of paper for collecting the eggs, and a fun day was had by all.
Orchard planting day
In March 2016 we're worked with Open Orchard Project to plant 10 fruit trees in Norwood Park, near the home growers area. The new orchard is a mix of apple, pear, plum, cherry, and quince! This was repeated in 2017.
Over the next couple of seasons we will be watering and caring for the trees, and hopefully when the time comes they will supply fruit for our community!
Thanks to all those who turned out in the rain to plant a fruit tree, and to Wayne and Mitch from the Open Orchard Project. Users of the park can monitor the growth of the tress and check for their condition, as a few have been subject to vandalism.
The park first hosted a falconry display when the Friends secured funding in 2012. It was so popular particularly with the children in the area, that it has become an annual event.
The first dog show in the park was held in 2011 to coincide with the centenary of Norwood Park. The show was very popular and has continued to be an annual event in the park.
Art in the park
The first art in the park event was held in 2014, where local artists all portrayed the park in their own way.
The park had it's centenary on 2011, and to mark the occasion there were a series of events taking place across the park