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Nonsuch Park Awareness Day

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Hello to all of those who cam along to enjoy the park and the mansion at Nonsuch Park Awareness day – a day long event organised by Epsom and Ewell Borough Council and involving everything we enjoy most about our park including Thai Chi, cycling, Nonsuch Mansion, the cafe and (of course) dog walking.

Another event is planned for September 2010 – I think it might even become an annual occasion!

Epsom Guardian - Nonsuch Awareness Day

Park awareness day a success – from Time and Leisure Magazine

The largest visitor attendance for an open day at Nonsuch Park was recorded at the first ever Awareness Day event, in September. Encouraged by the Heritage Weekend, more than 1,500 people took advantage of a host of activities held around the park from dog vet checks and penny farthing rides to Tai Chi and tractor demonstrations.

Jointly organised by Epsom & Ewell and Sutton Councils, the Awareness Day aimed to promote a positive and better understanding of all the activities the park plays host to throughout the year.

Councillor David Wood, Chairman of the Nonsuch Joint Management Committee, said: ‘The day was a great success and we were extremely pleased to see so many people come along and take part in the various activities. We look forward to building on this year’s success and to welcome even more people at future events at Nonsuch Park. I hope those who came along will continue to return to the park to enjoy all that is has to offer.’

Gerald Smith, Chairman of the Friends of Nonsuch, described how Nonsuch Museum attracted hundreds of new visitors, many of whom described it as Surrey’s best kept secret.

The Dog Zone gave at least 15 vet checks, microchipped six dogs and gave out around 100 dog goody bags. A dog trainer was on hand to give help and advice and Cheryl Wales, a representative of the Park’s dog walking community, distributed almost 10,000 Nonsuch dog waste bags all printed with a new code of conduct to promote responsible dog walking.

The Cycling Zone was popular providing cyclists with bike maintenance help and advice. Members of the cycling community promoted safe and courteous cycling tips and training and offered brave visitors the chance to ride a penny farthing. Surrey Police and the Met Police were a hit with children, especially those who had the opportunity to climb inside the patrol car, try out the sirens and play policemen for the day.

Tai Chi experts demonstrated their skills alongside beekeepers, running clubs, leisure centres, ramblers and orienteering groups. Informative guided walks offered visitors the chance to learn about the Park’s nature and history. Visitors flocked to see the newly refurbished Nonsuch Mansion (pictured) and were welcomed by the new caterers, Bovingdons.

Andrew Gray, Managing Director at Bovingdons, commented: ‘Nonsuch Park Awareness Day was the perfect way to publicly launch a new chapter in the mansion’s history. It was a pleasure to work in partnership with the Friends of Nonsuch and the Park management team to ensure that as many people as possible could tour the newly refurbished event spaces, offer us feedback and ask questions. We estimate that 1,200 people walked through the doors and their response was overwhelming. Everyone was in agreement that Nonsuch Mansion is a venue to be proud of and treasured.’

A day in the park raises pooch awareness – from the Epsom Guardian

Almost 10,000 Nonsuch dog bags were handed out to dogwalkers who use the area’s favourite park to exercise their pooches at the first ever Nonsuch Park awareness day on Sunday. All the bags, to be used to remove unsavoury offerings from four legged Nonsuch visitors, had been printed with a dog owners’ code of conduct.

The awareness day was held to give regular park users a chance to tell others about their hobbies and interests. The day co-incided with heritage weekend with Nonsuch Mansion opening its doors to the public and attracting 1,200 visitors. In the park itself there was a wide variety of attractions including penny farthing rides, Tai Chi demonstrations and much more.

A dog zone was set up with vets checking dogs, microchipping some of them and giving out around 100 dog goody bags. A dog trainer was on hand to give help and advice.

Organised by Epsom and Ewell Borough Council in partnership with the London Borough of Sutton, the Awareness Day aimed to promote a positive and better understanding of all the activities the park plays host to throughout the year. Councillor David Wood, chairman of the Nonsuch joint management committee said: “The day was a great success and we were extremely pleased to see so many people come along and take part in the various activities.”

The cycling zone was popular providing cyclists with bike maintenance help and advice. Members of the cycling community promoted safe and courteous cycling tips and training and offered brave visitors the chance to ride a penny farthing. Surrey Police and the Met Police were a hit with children especially who had the opportunity to climb inside the patrol car, try out the sirens and play policemen for the day.

Tai Chi experts demonstrated their skills alongside beekeepers, running clubs, leisure centres, ramblers and orienteering groups. Informative guided walks offered visitors the chance to learn about the Park’s nature and history. Visitors flocked to see the newly refurbished Nonsuch Mansion and were welcomed by the new caterers Bovingdons.

Andrew Gray, managing director at Bovingdons, said “Nonsuch Park Awareness Day was the perfect way to publically launch a new chapter in the mansion’s history.”

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