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Bulb planting in the park - Friends of Apex Park group together with help from Sedgemoor’s Clean Surroundings have been busy today planting over 3000 daffodils and Snake's head fritillaries around the park. < see Tree & Bulb Planting for photos.
Now it’s the easy bit – watching them grow!
Vote for Apex park NOW! The Apex Park has been nominated as part of the Fields in Trust UK’s Best Park, as voted by YOU! 2017 Award.
The UK’s Best Park Award gives the public the opportunity to vote for their favourite local green space; the public vote will run until the 3rd November. The top park in each of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be shortlisted before the winner is announced at the Fields in Trust Awards Ceremony at Lord's Cricket Ground on 29th November.
Visit www.fieldsintrust.org/bestpark to find out more and to cast your vote!
Blue-green algae cleared - the Environment Agency took a sample from Apex Park lake recently and the results show the levels of blue green algae are now below the threshold. However, there is still algae in the lake but it is not blue green algae strain.
Living Art Sculpture coming to life! - Friends members Pete Grainger and Val Morley (in photo above with watering can) have been busy today (13th Sept) planting alpines in and around the Living Art Sculpture.
Blue-green algae outbreak - The Environment Agency have confirmed there is blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) which could potentially be toxic in the lake at Apex Park. Sedgemoor District Council has advised the following;
Anyone who has come into contact with the water containing blue-green algae should wash with fresh water immediately. Anyone who has come into contact with the affected water and has become ill should obtain urgent medical attention.
Blue/Green Algae in Apex Park Lake - Sedgemoor District Council are still awaiting scientific test results to establish the type of algal bloom at Apex Park lake. However, as a precaution, warning signs will be in place which give advice. The main thing is not to let humans or dogs swim, paddle or drink the water.
Algae occur naturally in inland waters such as rivers, streams and lakes. When conditions are ideal for growth (i.e. a period of hot weather) an algal bloom can occur. During a bloom, the water becomes less clear and may look green, blue-green or greenish-brown. Scums can form during calm weather when several bloom forming species rise to the surface. This can look like paint, mousse or small clumps.
Cyanobacteria or ‘blue-green algae’, a type of blooming algae, can produce toxins. These toxins can kill wild animals, livestock and pets. They can also harm people, producing rashes after skin contact and illnesses if swallowed.
Algal blooms block sunlight from reaching other plants in the water. They also use up oxygen in the water at night which can suffocate fish and other creatures. Oxygen is also used up when the bloom decays.
4/12/16 Santa Grotto - the Friends are holding the annual free Santa's Grotto at the Apex Park Office on Saturday 10th December 1pm to 4m. Many children came along and patiently waited their turn to meet Santa at last years event with all going away very happy with a small present, sweets and a Christmas card.
A spokesperson for Sedgemoor District Council said " We would like to thank all of the Friends of Apex Park who braved the chilly weather and gave up their own time to help. We would also like to thank Friends of Apex Park and local ward councillors, Mr and Mrs Roger and Janet Keen who kindly donated the bluebells to the park. We hope the new bulbs will add to the beautiful spring scenes in Apex and encourage even more visitors to enjoy this wonderful lake and park".
The Apex Park has been nominated for the ‘UK’s Best Park Award’. Voting is open now but will close at 5pm on Wednesday 9th November. Please can you spend 20 seconds of your time by clicking on this link and scrolling down to ‘Apex Park’ and then click on ‘Vote now’ and then enter your name and email address. You’re allowed one vote per email address:
Bulb planting session - the Friends next bulb planting session is on Wednesday 9th November, we will be meeting at the Parks Office (by main car park entrance) at 9.30am. Anyone is more than welcome to join us - just pop along with suitable footware. If you get there after 9.30am you should find us busy planting bulbs by the River Brue end of the park.
Designs to install a state of the art outdoor gym in Apex Park have been unveiled following a successful tender process. The outdoor gym costing £30,000 is being funded by RLT 2 and 3 developer contributions held by Sedgemoor District Council. The modern outdoor gym will include a cross trainer, arm pull down, shoulder press, spinning bike, chest press, seated rower, dips and leg raise unit, leg press and sit-up bench.
Opera in the Park CANCELLED - the free opera planned for Satyrday 20th August has had to be cancelled due to the forecast of very poor weather. The event originsers are hoping to rearrange the event for later this year.
What another great Playday! Thank you to all parents/carers who bought their children along ! Thanks to all activity holders and caterers and to all the volunteer staff who support the day each year! Approximately 7000 children attended this free fun packed day!!!
The free Apex Park Playday will be held on Wednesday 3rd August 2016 between 10:00am and 3:00pm. Last year’s Apex Park Playday was rumoured to be one of the largest in the country with around 8000 attendees and we want to make 2016’s just as good!
Playday allows parents to have a day-off from spending their hard-earned dosh to keep the kids entertained during the summer holidays. This year’s activities include model boats, face painters, inflatables, a climbing wall, drumming, paddleboards, zorbs and paint balling amongst many others- there will be 42 free activities and attractions in total! The event is not just about the activities though, Playday also allows families to spend quality time together having a picnic and exploring one of Sedgemoor’s most beautiful parks.
The Apex Park has once again been awarded the Green Flag. The flag was raised on Wedsnesday 27th July 2016 by Sedgemoor District Council Chairman Councillor Ian Dyer, with Sedgemoor Parks staff, Clean Surroundings and members of the Friends of Apex Park group.
FREE Wildlife Walk in the park on Thursday 21st July - families can become a wildlife explorer for the afternoon by joining Pete Granger (Sedgemoor District Council’s Ecologist) for a free wildlife walk on Thursday 21st July from 2pm.
The walk around the Park will look at the birds, small mammals, insects and plants. You don’t need to be a wildlife expert just come along with a willingness to learn and explore. The walk is suitable for all ages and starts from the information point (toliet building) by the parks Marine Drive entrance. Please make sure that you wear suitable clothing and footwear for the terrain and weather conditions. Due to the nature of the walk we ask walkers not to bring dogs.
Tree & Hedge Trim - on Thursday 12th May the Friends will be at Apex doing some work to clear brambles and scrub which is creeping along the southern boundary of the park. Plus clear and replace any damaged trees guards and stakes. If anyone would like to join in and help out we will be there from 10am until 4pm - just pop along.
Staff at Sedgemoor District Council have been working with the Friends of Apex Park and Weston College’s Contemporary Art and Professional Studies Degree students to design and then install some form of living sculpture in the park.
Litter Picking for the Queen! - the Friends group were joined by members of the public and members from the Sedgemoor Model Boat Club to help litter pick around the park on Friday 4th March 2016. The "Clean for the Queen" event was part of a national campaign to spruce up the country in time for the Queen’s 90th birthday.
A total of 24 bags were filled with plastic bottles, bags and the usual litter you’d expect to find, but also among the items removed were a crash helmet, umbrella, metal chair frame, wet floor sign, part of a fridge door and a child’s potty!
Santa's Grotto - the Friends held their annual free Santa's Grotto at the Apex Park Office on Saturday 12th December 2015. Many children came along and patiently waited their turn to meet Santa. All went away very happy with a small present, sweets and a Christmas card. Click on yellow Santa's Grotto button above to see photos
Bluebells and daffodil planting - on 18th Nov members of the Friends group were busy planting over 1000 English bluebell bulbs around the wooden circular seat within the woodland area and 500 daffodils bulbs on the grass bank above the slipway.
Bird Boxes installed - the Friends have been donated 8 bird boxes by a member of the public in memory of her late mother who loved the Apex Park. These were installed at various locations throughout the park on 11th Nov. < see FOAP Projects page for photos
Wildflower bed planting Thurs 15th Oct - The Friends will be busy from 10am turning the existing flower bed at the main entrance to the park into a Wildflower bed. Why not come along and help out? Volunteers are always most welcome.
The free Apex Park Playday held on Wednesday 5th August 2015 has been hailed a huge success, despite mixed weather, by the organising committee and Sedgemoor District Council with roughly 8000 visitors enjoying the event.
Rosie Pike Chair of Playday Committee said "Donations from 2015 are still being counted but we hope to match, if not beat, the £1127 raised on Playday 2014. On behalf of the committee I would like to thank all those families who contributed towards supporting next year’s event, the event can not run without public support. I would also like to thank all of the activity holders and their staff, they were all excellent and the variety of activities for all ages of children allows every child to enjoy Playday. To see so many happy faces makes all the months of organisation worth it".
Whilst everyone involved hopes Playday 2016 can go ahead the organising committee rely on obtaining grants and sponsorship to run the event. If you or your business would like to support or sponsor Playday 2016 please contact organiser Rosie Pike
This year’s activities included model boats, inflatables, a climbing wall, drumming, facepainting, zorbs, rugby-tots and table tennis amongst many others! Playday also allows families to spend quality time together having a picnic and exploring one of Sedgemoor’s best-known and loved parks.
The land that the BMX Track is situated on within Apex Park, Highbridge is leased from Sedgemoor District Council. The BMX track and land are not available for public use but are used by the club for training and events.
The BMX Club would like to expand and are considering relocating to a different site locally thus terminating their current lease. This proposal would exclude housing developments as the land will not be sold but leased on a long-term basis. The district council - in exchange for offering a 50 year lease to another party for the BMX site - could secure some funding to enhance the facilities in the park, for example creating an all-weather year-round café facility, improving the toilet facilities and/or extending the park building to allow for increased educational and event use. The Friends of Apex Park have been consulted on this proposal and the initial suggestions for improvement projects, should funding be available, were proposed following consultation with the group.
Green Flag 2015/16 is rasied at Apex - on Wedsnesday 29th July Sedgemoor District Council Chairman Councillor Ian Dyer, ward member Councillor Roger Keen with Sedgemoor Parks staff and members of the Friends of Apex Park group raised the 2015/16 Green Flag at the Apex Park.
Playday coming soon! - the free Apex Park Playday will be held on Wednesday 5th August between 10:00 and 3:00pm. Last year’s Apex Park Playday was rumoured to be one of the largest in the country, as well as being voted the best in Somerset, with around 6000 attendees and we want to make 2015’s just as good!
Playday allows parents to have a day-off from spending their hard-earned dosh to keep the kids entertained during the summer holidays. This year’s activities include model boats, face painters, inflatables, a climbing wall, drumming, paddleboards, zorbs and paint balling amongst many others- there will be 42 activities and attractions in total!
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Refreshments will be available to purchase on the day or bring along a picnic. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times during the event. Don’t forget your sunscreen, sun hats (or wet-weather gear!) and water as it’ll be an action packed day!
Free car parking will be available at the Bay Centre, Cassis Close (a 3-4 min walk from Apex) with parking at Apex’s Marine Drive car park reserved for disabled visitors. If you are not disabled please do not cause road congestion by attempting to park at Apex please go straight to the free Bay Centre car park. Pay and display parking is also available in numerous locations in Burnham town centre (10 -15 min walk from Apex depending on location used). To reduce congestion and make sure you don’t waste time finding a parking space we’d encourage everyone who can to walk, cycle or use public transport to reach the event.
The Apex receives the Green Flag Award again! - the park has received the Green Flag Award for the ninth year in a row with its highest ever score! The new 2015 flag will be raised at the park on Wednesday 29th July during the annual Love Parks Week.
The award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained, holds regular events, is appropriately marketed and has excellent facilities. The Green Flag Awards are judged by an army of more than 700 green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.
Recognition of Friends of Apex Park Improvements Group - FOAP members Derek Chivers, Valerie-Jane Morley and Russ Chilcott received special recognition at the AGM recently and were presented with certificates by Sedgemoor's Chief Executive, Kerry Rickards.
Bat & Moth walk - there will be a free guided Bat and Moth walk around the Apex Park on Tuesday 19th May from 09:00pm. The walk will look at the wonderful range of nocturnal wildlife throughout the park particularly Bats and Moths. Walkers will be under the expert guidance of Pete Grainger, Sedgemoor’s Ecologist. Suitable footwear is recommended, meeting point is the Apex Park Information Centre, the building adjacent to the car park just off Marine Drive, Burnham-on-Sea.
Sedgemoor District Council appointed Create Signs to refurbish all of the parks interpretation panels, information boards, signage and directional finger posts. Works included sanding back, re-painting the roofs and structures as well as replacing some panels and posts. The interpretation panels and information boards have also been updated with current information on the park, new features such as our wildflower meadow, and how to contact Sedgemoor District Council. The two large wooden swan seats, situated near the main entrance to the park, have also been fully restored to their former glory. The swan seats were cleaned, sanded down and re-stained with protective paint.
New park seating area installed - the park will benefit from a new circular seating area thanks to the hard work of Bridgwater College carpentry students and funding from Sedgemoor District Council and the Friends of Apex Park. The seating is being installed on Monday 19th January.
The new bench seating, which accommodates around 16 people, will be unveiled within the new woodland walk area of the park. This new and improved area of Apex Park also features a bark chipping path for ease of access and to encourage exploration of the woodland. A new interpretive walking trail will be launched in 2015 to encourage further use of this area. The wooden wraparound bench is fixed in place on a mature Black Poplar tree. The bench is made from sturdy European hardwood and is expected to have a lifespan of roughly 25years.
A Friend member Valerie-Jane said ‘Our splendid new bench is placed at a half-way point from the River Brue back to the Apex car park - a welcome rest for those who may need to take the weight off their feet or just watch the clouds roll by’.
The Friends held their annual free Santa's Grotto at the Apex Park Office on Saturday 13th December 2014. Record numbers attended this time with a small queue of children patiently waiting their turn to meet Santa. All went away very happy with a small present and a Christmas card.
Santa is coming to Apex Park - the Friends of Apex Park, alongside Sedgemoor District Council will once again host a Christmas grotto. The free grotto will be open from 1:00pm to 4:00pm on Saturday 13th December.
Father Christmas will be making a visit to the Green Flag award-winning park in Highbridge and giving out treats to all visiting children. The grotto will be based in the Apex Park office next to the main car park on Marine Drive. Children must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.
Left - The Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, Cllr Mike Caswell together with Friends group member raising the Green flag at Apex Park in September 2017.
Right - Friends No1 Gardener Val busy watering plants in the brand new Art Sculpture.
Below - Friends & SDC Cleaning Surroundings bulb planting Nov 2017