Friday, 20 June 2008

Welcome to our blog!

In order to develop the blog we would greatly appreciate your input. So please have a look and leave some comments (polite ones, of course!). At present you should think of it as a work-in-progress, with all suggestions for improvements welcome.

What we are hoping to develop is a comprehensive record and archive of our community's experience of our Meadows - one of Chorlton's greatest assets. I know that many of you are wildlife enthusiasts, and you can rest assured that we intend to cover the biodiversity of the area in considerable depth. But we also know that other members of the group, and the community, may have a different perspective or interest - you may be a jogger, a dog walker, a cyclist, a photographer, a poet, a visual artist, a picnicker etc., etc., etc. - we want to hear about your experiences as well. Here's some topics that could feature in future posts:
  • Programmes of upcoming tasks and events
  • Reports on tasks and events
  • Significant plants, birds or animals that you have noted
  • History of the Meadows
  • Childhood memories of the Meadows
  • People associated with the Meadows
  • What the Meadows means to you
  • Amusing encounters or anecdotes
You may be able to think of others - it's up to you!

At present only a couple of members of the committee have access to the blog at an editorial level, but you can still send articles ("posts") to me at my email address: DaveGBishop@aol.com.

It would be best if you could write your post in a word processing package (Microsoft Word, preferably) and send it to me as an attachment.

There is also a web based photo archive associated with the blog. Clicking on the slideshow on the right will take you there, or you can access it direct here: http://picasaweb.google.com/friendsofchorltonmeadows/

We will shortly set up photo albums to cover all perspectives and interests – flora, fauna, volunteering, landscape, fine art, etc., etc.

The committee still needs to develop some sort of editorial policy - but I don't imagine that it will be too onerous (no gratuitous insults or libellous comments allowed - something like that) - so don't let that put you off!

Anyway, please look at the blog and please, please, please let us know what you think!

Best Regards,
Dave Bishop.

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