We were delighted to keep our Green Flag which makes the work which the committee does worth while. And although our marks were down in 2013, hopefully, when the paths are relaid and the railings are repainted later this year, our marks will go up again. The monthly clean-ups (last Sunday of each month at 11am) are mostly done by the committee but litter is often picked up by other park users. as well as ourselves in-between times and we thank them.Visit to Botanic Garden, Saturday 1 June.Several members of the Friends had a delightful experience on this lovely early summer day. Jane Corrie led us to various little-known corners of the Garden, pointing out and expounding on many plants which we might otherwise have missed, or just admired briefly in passing. One feature which couldn’t possibly have been missed was the glorious blossoming of the many rhododendron bushes, for which the Garden is justly famous. These were at their absolute best the day we were there, and though sometimes the purple ones seem unexciting, the variety of hues on offer was spectacular. We are very lucky to have such a Garden within easy reach, and to have a guide such as Jane to open our eyes to what is in it.Jane also pointed out the spot where the Botanic Cottage will eventually be re-assembled, using traditional techniques. This will create a building which will be both beautiful and useful, fulfilling an important role as an educational and community facility, together with indoor learning spaces and storage.Perhaps it is worth noting that although this visit was publicised well in advance, very few members took advantage of the chance to have such a personal tour with a knowledgeable guide. We hope that if such an event is repeated, as is likely, more members will be able to come along and enjoy it. It’s too good to miss!