Picnic for Mel – 15 August 2015

by Mark Fretwell on June 15, 2015

in In memory of Mel

I’m pleased to confirm the date for this years picnic.

Wine, nibbles and games will be order of the day and all – including children – are very welcome.

We’ll meet on Gloucester Green which is the NE-most corner of Regents Park (east of The Broadwalk and London Zoo, just north of the Gloucester Gate entrance) from 12pm onwards.

The Royal Parks website now features a slightly less helpful Google map than the previous version, but it should be self explanatory, but if you get stuck you can tweet me on the day.

Closest tube is Camden Town.

Should we need it the backup venue will once again be the beer garden at the Edinboro Castle. We’ve not had weather-related cause to use it in previous years, but usually end up there for a drink at the end of the afternoon.

I hope to see lots of you there, and to another enjoyable afternoon.


Huge congratulations to Olivia Preston who wins this years Rising Star Award, and to all the shortlisted nominees.

Once again it has been a great honour to be involved in the judging and to present the award.

The full announcement appears on the UKGBC website.


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