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 Welcome to the website of the Friends of Lake Meadows Billericay
An independent local charity, with volunteers working in partnership with Basildon Borough Council, Billericay Town Council for the benefit of the Billericay community. We help to care for the park, to promote its benefits, improve its facilities and encourage conservation and wildlife.
The Friends of Lake Meadows are putting on several events that you can enjoy over the next few months
The Great Lake Race
This  year's race will take place on Sunday 6th May.
Registration will be from 1:30pm and the Race will start at 2pm

The 5th Annual Jazz in the Park
Book the date in your diaries and plan those picnics.
This year's event is on Saturday 7th July between 4pm and 7pm
The Dawn Chorus
Neil Sumner a local wildlife expert will lead a small group and will help you to identify some of our birds and their songs.
This will be on Saturday 12th May starting at 7am.
This Event is now fully booked.

A Potted History of Lake Meadows
An illustrated talk will be given on the history of Lake Meadows touching on the land, the people and the Park up to the present.
This will be held on Tuesday June 26th 7.30pm
Lets Go Batty!
Peter Cloughton, Essex Bat Group, has again agreed to give us a talk about our bats and then  to take us round the Park to see and hear them as the sun sets. This will be on Tuesday 21st August. Booking wiil be required. This will open in June, so watch this space.

It is really exciting to hear the bats flying over the lake and then to pick them up in your torch beam.  
Tree Talk and Walk
Lake Meadows is very lucky in having a wonderful collection of trees. These go from the old oaks which marked the ancient field boundaries to many speciomen trees planted in the last century. If you want to learn more about our trees and enjoy an early evening stroll around the Park do consider joining us on Tuesday 3rd July.
The Annual Photographic Competition

We will be running the competition again next year. This time the competition will run from November 2017 through to the end of August 2018.

So get out there and capture some wonderful shots while you visit our lovely Park.

Enjoy Your Walks at Lake meadows
We still have a few more weeks of Winter before we can really say Spring is here. Those who brave the cold for a brisk walk now, can still find things to see. There is a good display of hellebores in the fern-bed by the compound and the polyanthus in the raised bed are starting to prepare for the warmer days. The garden area with it’s variety of shrubs is never boring and the buds on the rhododendrons promise a great display in a few weeks time.

The Lake attracts many species of birds and it is good to key an eye on them in the run up to their breeding seasons. We have seen up to three cormorants at a time and one lucky anglers has photographed a kingfisher. As well as our regular residents; the mallards, the Canada geese, the coots and the moorhens, we have a pair of tufted ducks and greylag geese. It is amazing to watch the great crested grebe diving for fish and seeing just how far they swim under water. They are not very colourful during the winter but watch out for the reddish ruff developing
during the breeding season, the flocks of black headed gulls have a white head
at this time of year with a grey spot on the side of the head, again as the breeding season starts that spot becomes black and then later in the year the black (or dark brown) cap develops.
Monthly Working Party

The next Working Party will take place on April 21st from 9:30am
We hope to clear up the flower meadow complete the Spring clean which had to be cancelled in March.
"Many hands make light work"
Do consider joining us.

Hopefully you are appreciating the garden area, but it takes a lot of effort to keep on top of the jobs, so do think about joining us.

We are always looking for volunteers who are willing and able to join us for a couple of hours on a Tuesday morning or at our monthly Working Party. Any queries then email us and we will get back to you

Autumn in Lake Meadows
Before the Autumn colours become a distant memory

Event Videos

Check out these short videos

these videos have been kindly made for us by

Carols in  the Park
Our Annual Carols Event was held on Saturday 16th Dec.
The weather was dry and chilly, but about 180 to 200 people of all ages congregated around the Christmas tree by the Boat House.
Following some festive fare and drinks we had some fifteen carols. Although perhaps not up to the King's College Choir standards it provided a lovely introduction to Christmas.

 The Child in the Park
We are delighted to say that the "Child in the Park" has been re-installed onto its plinth in the Garden of the Child.

"The Child in the Park" and some of the FoLM Committee
We wish to thank all those individuals who made donations and to Billericay Town Council for their contribution. The money was used to repair the statue and re-fixing. In addition we would thank the sculptor, John Doubleday and Paul Joyce of Silverback Bronze Ltd (the foundry) for returning "The Child" to its former glory.

The East End of the Lake Project

With the exception of teh reed bed this project is complete and we would like to thank the Co-operative Community Fund for funding the project.

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