Meadow Restoration on a Sunday morning

Warren Farm Meadow Restoration

First weekend task day of the year.. eleven of us made great progress removing Canadian goldenrod in the top area of the field. Chafer beetles, frog hoppers and flat backed millipedes kept the eagle eyed kids very entertained, and its always handy having Roger our entomologist on hand for instant species identification.

Flat Back Millipede

Welcome to our newcomers and it was lovely to see last years crew back again.

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The next weekend date is SAT 11TH JUNE 10 -12, and we will continue to work every WEDNESDAY 9.30 – 11. Do come along and join us, you will be made very welcome.

Sally Williams Frog Hopper

 

Nonsuch Country Fair

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A Community Country Fair is coming to Nonsuch Park on 25th and 26th June. It will be held in the dog free area of Nonsuch Park, at the London Road gate. (That is the one nearest to the site of Nonsuch Palace)

Classic Festivals Tent

The organisers Classic Festivals, specialise in organising very traditional Country Shows.  They are looking to involve the community, schools, young entrepreneurs, local food and drink producers, craft stalls, a dog show and local Chefs who will put on displays in their Cookery Theatre.

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Please contact Classic Festivals either via their website http://www.nonsuchcountryshow.co.uk/ or facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/ShowOrganiser/

More information will follow – but please get the date in your diary, you won’t want to miss it – and spread the word!

If you want to book a stall please email sonia@classicfestivals.co.uk she can let you know the costs. Sonia would need to know your space requirements, if you have your own gazebo and what type of stall you are – charity, personal etc. http://www.nonsuchcountryshow.co.uk/
You can also contact Sonia on 01728 685302
Re the dog show – there’s no pre-registration, just turn up on the day and register.

 

 

30 Mile Bike ride to Osterley Park

Meet Dawn on Saturday 21 May at 9:50am at the café in Nonsuch Park to depart at 10am.

We shall be cycling via Kingston, Teddington Lock, Twickenham, along the river to Richmond – onto Isleworth, Syon Park, Grand Union Canal. Lunch will be at Osterley Park where there is a café or bring your own.

Mid morning coffee will be beside the river at Richmond.  The return route will be via Richmond Park and will follow a different route back to Nonsuch.

This will be easy paced bikeride of around 30 miles.

Are there Oak Processionally Moths in Nonsuch Park?

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If you go down to the woods today, watch out for oak processionary moths, advises Sutton. Sutton residents are being advised by Sutton Council to be on the lookout for oak processionary moth caterpillars when visiting the borough’s parks this spring as the moths can cause an allergic reaction.

The oak processionary moth (Thaumetopoein processionea) is a pest that was recently identified in the Worcester Park area in the west of the borough. The moth was introduced to England from mainland Europe and first identified in London in 2005.

The oak processionary moth caterpillars emerge around May, coinciding with bud burst when leaves emerge from trees at the start of the growing season. In their early stages of growth, the newly-hatched caterpillars feed exclusively on oak leaves and it is possible for large populations to strip whole trees of their leaves. On a healthy oak tree, this generally will not cause any permanent damage, but it can leave trees vulnerable to other pests and diseases, and less able to withstand events such as drought and flood.

As the caterpillars develop they produce thousands of tiny barbed hairs containing a substance called thaumetopoein that can cause itching skin rashes, eye irritations and sore throats in people and animals that come into contact with them. In rare cases the barbed hairs can cause breathing difficulties and allergic reactions. However, symptoms are not usually serious and can be treated by a pharmacy.

The hairs can be shed by the caterpillars as a defence mechanism, be blown off by the wind, and left in the silken webbing nests the caterpillars build on the trunks and branches of oak trees, sometimes at or close to ground level. These nests can fall to the ground, and hairs can stick to the trunks and branches of oak trees.

The oak processionary moth caterpillars have a distinctive habit of moving about in or under oak trees in nose-to-tail processions, which gives them their name. The silken webbing nests are white when new, and often have silken trails leading to them. They quickly become discoloured and harder to see against the dark colour of oak-tree bark.

Sutton Council’s Parks Service is monitoring the situation closely and has a term contractor to deal with both spraying and nest removal.

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“If you see any oak processionary moth nests or caterpillars, do not approach or touch them. Report them immediately to the council or the Forestry Commission, which is leading efforts to control its population, spread and impact.”

The main risk period is between now and July, when the caterpillars are active. However, borough residents are advised to avoid nests, even “spent” nests, at any time, because the hairs in them can remain irritating for many months.

Tesco Bags of Help Grants for Nonsuch Parkland?

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Tesco award grants each year in around 400 Tesco regions to make sure the funding is spread evenly across England, Wales and Scotland*. In total the Bags of Help programme supports thousands of projects each year.

Because there is major demand for grants, Groundwork assesses all of the applications received and then provides a shortlist of the applications received for a Tesco Shortlisting Group to agree three successful projects to forward to a vote in Tesco stores.

Tesco customers vote over two weekends in their store for their favourite shortlisted local project. Grants are then awarded as follows:

  • 1st place in Tesco customer vote:  £12,000 grant
  • 2nd place in Tesco customer vote: £10,000 grant
  • 3rd place in Tesco customer vote:  £8,000 grant

More information can be found here

What would you apply for a grant for in Nonsuch Park, Cheam Park, Cheam Rec or Warren Farm.  What new facility would you like added?

Police Appeal

 Police Line
Officers from Sutton’s Safer Parks police team want to speak to two females who may have witnessed suspects attempting to remove a steel post on the bridleway between Boundary Road and Telegraph Track, Wallington, on Monday, 9 May at around 08:00hrs.
 
The two females may have seen the suspects who may have come from two vehicles  a big white double cab vehicle and a small black hatchback. 
 
If you are one of these two females or you have any information to help, please contact the Safer Parks Teams on 020 8721 2268 or call Sutton Police station on 101 quoting ref: 4005140/16.  
Whilst this is not near Nonsuch Park, visitors to this Web Site may have witnessed something.
 

The Farmer Memorial, Bellgate Lodge

The Farmer memorial in its original position.

Cheam in Pictures tells us:  “The memorial took the form of a drinking fountain, complementary to the horse trough which stood against the fence by the Cheam lodge. The memorial was dedicated to the memory of William Meeke Farmer, eldest son of Samuel Farmer (who had the house built) and the father of William Francis Gamal Farmer, the second owner of the estate. It also records the names and resting places of several other members of the family who died overseas. Since William Meeke Farmer died in 1836 it is fairly safe to assume that the memorial has been in its present position, or thereabouts, for one hundred and seventy odd years.”

Farmer Memorial

The memorial was moved to assist road widening but was severely damaged by a car in 2013.  For three years it lay in pieces in Cheam Depot, but has now been restored to its full glory.

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There was originally a Gate House, at this entrance, which Historic England tells us “The other lodge, Bellgate Lodge, was situated south of the present Cheam Gate and replaced a mid 18th century lodge associated with the house Little Pightle.”  The lodge was demolished in 1938.