2020 has been a year we all would like to forget, covid 19, lockdowns and areas of our country being put into different tiers. The Friends of Ingrebourne Valley & Hornchurch Country Park had to cancel all of our volunteer days and our committee meetings had to be held via Zoom. We did try to have some volunteers working alone or with their partners doing some litter picking but our insurance would not cover any volunteers during the period that we are in.
The Friends Group hope that the new vacines that are being given to people will work and get rid of this virus, so that we can start volunteering again. So over Christmas and the New Year, enjoy yourselves and stay safe.
Havering Council and the Parks Department have put forward Hornchurch Country Park for a Green Flag Award. On the 3rd September 2020 we were informed that Hornchurch Country Park has been awarded Green Flag status. Soon you will see a flag pole being installed near the Squadrons Approach Car Park. Once the concrete has set, the Green Flag will be raised over Hornchurch Country Park.
We would like to thank Havering Council and the Parks Department for all the hard work that they have done.
The Parks Department of Havering Council have installed two new interpretation boards in Hornchurch Country Park. The first of the boards is by the concrete circle at the childrens play area. The board shows a picture of the Balfors Gun position as seen in the picture below.
The Balfors 40mm gun position
perimeter track or peri track
Havering Council also have two other pictures that they need to purchase interpretation boards for. As soon as they can get the funds for the boards they will be installed in the park. Below are the two pictures awaiting boards. All of these pictures were painted by the Historian Artist Barry Weekley.
4.5 inch World War 1 Naval Gun
Sunken Battle Headquarters Pill Box
White-Tailed Bumble Bee
Cased Caddis Fly Larvae