Treewatch – Eg Pk News (Spring 2017)

Egerton Park became a Tree Preservation Area in 1970.   At our last AGM one resident asked whether it was possible to identify the trees in the park subject to this order and we are able to confirm that we do have a map with all areas with a preserved status identified.   If you are interested in identifying the trees in your garden, we found the following tips on the Woodland Trust website: www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

All trees have clues and features that can help with identification.   You just need to know what to look out for.   This quick guide to tree identification will give you a few basic hints and tips.

The UK has at least fifty species of native trees and shrubs, and many more species of introduced non-native trees.   Some can be easy to identify, but others can be more difficult depending on your experience.

There are many features, or parts of the tree, that give you clues to what species it is.

  •       Look at the leaves or needles. Is it a broadleaf (usually deciduous) or is it a conifer (usually with needles or scales)?
  •       Different features will be present through the seasons.   You can use twigs, leaf buds and bark on leafless winter broadleaf trees.
  •       Take notice of the surrounding area such as hedgerows, fields, parks, woodland or close to water.   Some species are more likely to grow near water, in scrubland, parkland or in woodland.
  •       Use as many features as you can, the more you use the more certain your identification will be.   Take into account the overall shape and size of the tree, bark, leaves or needles, flowers, fruits, leaf buds and twigs.
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Where Did Easter Eggs Originate? – Eg Pk News (Spring 2017)

Easter has a much older set of religious traditions than many of the Victorian Christmas traditions that we have come to know and love.   The custom of the Easter Egg as a gift can be traced to early Christians of Mesopotamia (now Iraq & Syria), and from there spread into Russia and Siberia through the Orthodox Churches, and later into Europe through the Catholic and Protestant Churches.   Eggs, in general, were a traditional Christian symbol of fertility and rebirth but they came to symbolise the empty tomb of Jesus after his resurrection, hence their connection with Easter.   The oldest tradition was to use dyed and painted chicken eggs (often red to symbolise the “blood of Christ”).   In the 17th and 18th centuries the idea of the egg-shaped toy emerged and these were given to children at Easter often filled with sweets.   Not surprisingly the chocolatiers began to exploit this tradition and the first chocolate egg in the UK is attributed to JS Fry of Bristol in 1873, shortly followed by John Cadbury who made a “Plush” Easter Egg in 1875 which cost 3 shillings and sixpence.

The origin of the Easter Bunny and Easter Egg Hunts are more difficult to establish but one theory we heard was that an egg hunt is a simple way of proving to your children that they can indeed find anything they look for if they really want to!   Let’s hope we all find what we are looking for this Easter whether it is a huge Easter Egg, a relaxing time with family, better health, new flowers and growth in our waterlogged gardens, warmer weather or a smooth Brexit!   One reassuring thing is that a holiday that starts with a “Good Friday” is probably going to be a great weekend – let’s hope so.

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Road Repairs – Eg Pk News (Spring 2017)

Thanks to our regular contributors, we have now accumulated sufficient funds to repair another patch of the road.   As most of the worst potholes have been fixed, we think it would make good sense to repair another large section like the patch at the top entrance.   We will take the advice of our regular contractor and make sure we get a good price.   In February, we also delivered reminder letters and invoices to those residents who do not currently contribute to the maintenance fund and are pleased to report that this has generated additional payers.   We continue to deliver Welcome Packs to new residents but are reliant on yourselves to let us know if you have a new neighbour.

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CCTV – Eg Pk News (Spring 2017)

Those of you who have lived in the park for some time will know that from time to time, like anywhere else, we suffer from spates of fly tipping, graffiti, and criminal damage.   Fortunately, most of the crime experienced by residents is relatively low level and a nuisance.   To the victim, however, (examples include thefts from vehicles and sheds) any anti-social behaviour is a serious matter.   This has led your committee to discuss the feasibility of erecting CCTV cameras at either one or both entrances to the park, in the hope that this would deter offenders.   There would obviously be a cost to this and some residents may feel this is a step too far.   As the installation of CCTV would enhance community safety and reduce fear of crime we would also look at whether we could apply for a grant towards this proposal.

The committee has decided that as this is an important issue and residents may have strong views either way, we would want to consult with you all before taking this forward.   A proposal to erect CCTV camera(s) will be an agenda item at our AGM in June of this year (see AGM details below) so come and have your say.   There may be residents who have some expertise in security/CCTV who can assist us?   If you have a view, please contact us.

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Fly Tipping – Eg Pk News (Spring 2017)

The easiest way to report this is to do it online and it only takes minutes.   Wirral Council will aim to take action within 3 working days, send you regular updates, and remove the items.   If you have internet access, go to www.wirral.gov.uk, search for fly tipping and use the link presented.   It asks for your name and address, what the items are, their location and whether there is anything there that could identify who has fly tipped it.   The sooner rubbish is removed the better as, once dumped, other rubbish tends to accumulate.   Please don’t wait for your committee to notice and report it – it is much better if it can be reported as soon as it appears.   Better still if you can take a photograph or car registration details as this will help with prosecution.   This is where CCTV might come in handy!   For those who do not have access to the internet you need to contact StreetScene on 0151 606 2004.   It is worth specifying that Egerton Park is NOT a private road but an unadopted road and a public highway.

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Property Development – Eg Pk News (Spring 2017)

Sadly, we have nothing new to report on this although we are continuing to pressurise councillors and council officers to take some action to encourage owners to develop these sites.   We will continue to keep you informed of any developments.

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Residents’ Association AGM – Eg Pk News (Spring 2017)

We have now fixed a date for this meeting on Wednesday 7th June 7pm – 8.30pm at The Lauries Centre, Claughton Road, Birkenhead.   Refreshments, including a glass of wine, will be provided.   Do come along and support the work of your committee and let us know what you would like us to focus on in the next 12 months.   Is the litter problem in the park getting worse?   What is happening to the derelict properties?   Are all residents now contributing to road repairs?   Are you interested in joining the committee?   Come and give us your views.   We will be sending out reminders and agendas nearer the date.

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