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MAURICE MELZAK

It is with much sadness that we announce the death of Maurice Melzak on 5th September. 

Maurice loved Waterlow Park and was a most active advocate for the wildlife of the Park.  A regular visitor - he lived virtually next door – he was someone who used his naturalist knowledge and skills to benefit park users and its wildlife.  

The Friends of Waterlow Park first came into contact with Maurice during the extensive discussions about the renovation of the Park, proposed as part of the successful Heritage Lottery Fund’s grant.  He argued that proposals to allow school children and members of the public into the upper pond should not be done at the expense of the safety and security of the local ducks and pond life. When the area was made accessible for study Maurice kept reminding us that access should be limited in the breeding season. He briefly sat on the FoWP Committee but preferred to help from the side-lines rather than in meetings.  

A keen bird watcher Maurice organised a bird nesting-box scheme for the park and many of these can still be seen on our lovely trees. At the time of his death he was busy launching a scheme to encourage estate agents to sponsor a bird box present for everyone to whom they sold a home. A lovely idea!

Most recently Maurice had been working with FoWP on ensuring that the tree policy for the Park was appropriate to its history and landscape

He will be sorely missed

You can read tributes to Maurice in the Ham & High and The Camden New Journal

 

 

 

 

Barbecues in the Park

    Holiday time is here and the sun may shine - so can you have a barbecue in the Park?

    Camden Council allows barbecues in Waterlow Park but there are clear guidelines about using them.  The main points to remember are

  • Use BBQs safely and responsibly - not disposable ones which burn the grass!
  • Be considerate to other people using the park or living nearby
  • Take care not to damage the environment
  • Dispose of all litter properly and recycle your rubbish where possible
  • Keep children, pets, games and sports well away from the BBQ
  • Take some water to put out the BBQ
  • Remember that you need permission to hold large events (over 20 people)

 More information about the guidelines can be found here

Thank you and enjoy the Park!

Annual meeting report

 You can read a short report of the Friends' annual meeting here.  The speaker was Tony Leach, Director of Parks for London.

Waterlow Park: The Film!

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