Celebrate and explore autumn in our great outdoors!

Release Date: 03 October 2017

Residents are invited to enjoy the changing colour of the leaves at two autumn craft activity events, scheduled to take place in the borough’s new ‘Friendly Parks’. 

As part of the ‘Friendly Parks for All’ project, the Council is working with the Richmond Dementia Action Alliance to look at how the Council can encourage everyone, including people with dementia, to enjoy their local parks.

So far, work has been carried out to transform Barnes Green into a dementia friendly space and Heathfield Recreation Ground is also seeing improvements. This includes new benches, walkways, way markers and art installations.

To celebrate the project, two activities have been scheduled to celebrate and explore Autumn in our parks.

On Thursday 5 October at Heathfield Recreation Ground and the Thursday 19 October at Barnes Green, residents are invited to attend a craft activity to explore the ‘Autumn Nature Palette’.

At both events, attendees can celebrate the colours of autumn by collecting different leaf colours and shapes. They will then try to match the leaf colour to paint charts and give them a unique name.

For the event in Barnes, meet at the totem pole meeting point in the park. For the event at Heathfield Recreation Ground, meet at the park entrance on Powder Mill Lane, on Coronation Avenue. Both events commence at 11am.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:

“Our aim is to make all our parks accessible to everyone. And, through our improvements at Barnes and Heathfield Recreation Ground, we are able to hold activities that are open to all – but also welcoming to those with dementia.

“As the seasons start to change, I hope that over the next few weeks many people will enjoy our autumn events and see the real differences our installations and adaptions have made.”

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Reference: P456/17

Updated: 31 October 2017