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March News

The daffodils are out in force by the Blackheath Gate, the magnolia trees are beginning their magnificent show by the Dell and it's only a few weeks until the clocks change and we can all linger longer in the Park.
There is also excellent news if you've been craving a cappuccino and a comfortable seat. The long-awaited new Sancho Cafe at the Vanbrugh Gate will open imminently, and the refurbished Pavilion cafe will be ready for business later in the Spring.

Herald of Spring: The magnolia trees by the Dell are beginning  to bloom
Picture: Ian Welsby, Friends of Greenwich Park Photography Group

After weeks of mud and bulldozers, the Grand Ascent is now turfed and green, and we are starting to see what the finished effect will be.
In the Rose Garden, herbaceous planting is well under way, with the beds in front of the Rangers House filling up. Next, planting will be carried out around the roses in the borders on either side of the path with a few of the new obelisks already in place. Visitors will see that the irrigation system for the beds has been laid. As for the beech tree... we wait for an update.
New herbaceous planting is also taking place in the Edwardian Border in the 
Flower Garden.
The Queen's Orchard is due to open at the beginning of April, and the mobility buggy service will return in the Spring.

Turf's up: Farewell mud and hello to the green Grand Ascent
Picture: Gwen Tew, Friends of Greenwich Park Photography Group

Midsummer Jazz... save the date 

Our hugely popular Midsummer Jazz concert will be held in the Royal Observatory Garden on June 16. Bring a picnic and chill out to the South London Jazz Orchestra.
This year's concert is being sponsored by a Friend of Greenwich Park in memory of his wife who died last year. Tickets will be available through the Friends' newsletter which will be with you next month. They sell out fast so be prepared to get your order in.

The Friends' weekly summer bandstand concerts will start on June 30 with the Southern Aces. 

Message with a smile

You may have noticed these eye-catching signs around the Park over the past weeks. They are part of a series of 27 designs by illustrator Sir Quentin Blake commissioned by the Royal Parks. Lucy Kellett, Head of Visitor Experience at The Royal Parks charity, said: 'We want to experiment with a fresh approach so that visitors feel welcome in the parks while respecting the rules. Quentin Blake’s signs are, quite literally, pieces of art and we hope that when people stop to appreciate them, they will smile but also understand the serious messages that lie behind the images.'

Tree and Bird Walks

The next Tree Walks with Monika Dunkel will take place unusually on a Saturday,  April 13, at 11am and 1pm. Booking opens at 10am on April 2. These are free exclusively to members. Places are limited so those who have not been before will be given priority. The walks take place largely in the Flower Garden so apologies, but dogs are not allowed.

Julia Holland will lead the next Bird Walk on March 31. Meet at the Blackheath Gate at 8.30am. There is no need to book, but bring binoculars if you have them. The walks last approximately two hours. There will be no Bird Walk in April. 

A melting moment

A sweet treat for visitors to the Old Royal Naval College this month with an immersive exhibition about chocolate!
Step back in time to the 18th century with a recreation of the famous Greenwich Chocolate House, a magnet for royalty and the movers and shakers of Georgian society.
As part of the exhibition, you will be able to venture into a recreation of the  Chocolate House, which was run by Grace Tosier, and was located on what became known as Chocolate Row, now West Grove. 
Tickets can be booked here for the opening of the exhibition on March 29.