Thank you Corporate Volunteers

Corporate volunteering is playing a vital role in clearing our invasive weed – Canadian goldenrod. The groups are usually in for the whole day so great progress can be made. We have 22 hectares of the problem weed, about a 1/3 of the meadow is pretty clear now, but we have a large area still which we need to get under control. So these larger groups who can stay for long sessions really are invaluable.

Nonsuch Voles create a new path

Many thanks to the Nonsuch Voles who completed the drainage and path improvements at the Oak Bridge last week,  near the Balancing Pond despite being under attack from horse-flies!

Nonsuch Voles Volunteering Nonsuch Park

The path up to the bridge should be much drier now and a drainage channel to the main ditch should reduce the amount of water accumulating in the clay soil in this area.

In theory this means the whole area should be less boggy in the winter time.

Nonsuch Voles at work in park

Nonsuch in Poetry

Nonsuch in Poetry

On 21st June 2016 at 7.30pm a presentation will take place in the Service Wing Stable of new poetry about Nonsuch. Award winning local poet, Bernard Jacobs will tell us about his new anthology. Each poem is based on an aspect of the history of Nonsuch – Henry VIII, Barbara Villiers, the Palace, the Stained Glass and Nonsuch Park during World War II and, more recently, Prof. Biddles’ excavation in 1959.

Bernard Jacobs The Nonsuch Poems

Bernard and some friends will read a selection of them, some accompanied by music, with an explanation being given about the reason for each poem. Some are gentle, some funny, others serious. 

Mr. Jacobs, who lives near to Nonsuch Park, has only recently taken up writing as a hobby and has already received various awards. He has asked if some of the poems can be read with music playing quietly in the background as the poem is read.

The poems have now been published and Mr. Jacobs will sign books after the event. Each books costs just £5.

The Nonsuch Poems Bernard Jacobs

Thank You Pearson

Thank you Pearson and their intrepid team, who came from Central London for the morning to help pull Golden Rod out of the Meadow in Warren Farm.

The Weather decided it was going to throw everything at us.  One minute we had low cloud, then the sun shone brightly and with a Whoosh, in came a rain storm and it bucketed it down.

In spite of all this, the Pearson Team carried on regardless.  I was most impressed by how even a sudden rain storm didn’t stop their enthusiasm for the job.

Pearson in Warren Farm

And now for the clarity bit.  Pearson are the World’s Largest Education Company and not to be confused with Pearsons, our local bike shop and who are also the Worlds Oldest Bike Shop!!

The Woodland Trust’s vision is a UK rich in native woods and trees, for people and wildlife.  You can become a member of the Woodland Trust here.

Sutton Runners donate to Nonsuch Voles

The Nonsuch Voles were very pleased to receive a generous donation from the Sutton Runners. The funds were raised from a recent race event in Nonsuch Park. The money will be used to purchase hundreds of plants and bulbs which will form the centrepiece display in the Mansion House garden.

Here, the chairman Paul Airey receives a cheque from Sutton Runners race director Lorraine Martin. To say thank you, we presented Lorraine with a wooden ornament made by  the Voles.

Sutton Runners Thank you Nonsuch Voles

 

Nonsuch Park Runners Volunteer in Warren Farm

A huge thank you to Nonsuch Park Run and Sutton Runners for giving up their Saturday Morning to help pull out Canadian Goldenrod from Warren Farm and create beautiful Meadowland.   Almost 100  runners came to help.

Nonsuch Park Run Volunteer Warren Farm

The runners said how much they enjoy running in Nonsuch and were really keen to help give back to the park in this way.

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A massive pile of Goldenrod was created, which has now gone off to the compost heap.

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Teddy Bears Picnic

If you went down to the woods today, you were in for a wonderful surprise…

Sutton and Epsom NCT were holding their Teddy Bears Picnic in Nonsuch Park.  Children played on Ready, Steady, Go Kids Obstacle course

Teddy Bears Picnic Jumping children

The rain stopped, the sun came out and lots of Mums, Dads and their children came to enjoy the fun and games of a Teddy Bears Picnic.

Teddy Bears Picnic Jancet Nursery Elephant

There was a competition for who could make the best crown and all the children danced along wearing them, led by Jazzy, Jancet Nurseries Mascot.

Teddy Bears Picnic Fairground rides

There were fairground rides for children to ride

Teddy Bears Picnic Nonsuch Ducks

Ducks were fished out

Teddy Bears Picnic Dancers

Dancers performed in the field.

Teddy Bears Picnic Zip Wire

And as a treat for the Teddies, a Zip wire was installed.  It was Tim the Teddies favourite game.

Theatre Tickets for £10

Mayhem Musical Theatre Company will be performing The Taming of the Shrew at Nonsuch Park on 19 – 21 July

In honour of Mayhem’s 10th anniversary we have a very special offer for The Taming of the Shrew: TICKETS ARE £10 FOR 10 DAYS! They are limited in number so get a wriggle on. Simply visit the box office and make sure you use the code TAMINGTEN.

Offer expires on 20th June. Limited number.

£10 tickets for 10 days! The Taming of the Shrew 15 – 17 July Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon 19 – 21 July Nonsuch Park, Cheam 22 – 23 July St Philomena’s, Carshalton

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Vandalism in Nonsuch Park

Graffiti Nonsuch Park Wall Vandals
Sadly Nonsuch Park is suffering a fresh wave of vandalism. A large planter was smashed up in the pinetum. They must have needed a sledgehammer to do this. The Old Greenhouse Wall has been graffitied. This must have needed a sledgehammer to do it. A tree was also set alight in the woodland by the concrete road.

Burnt Tree Vandals Nonsuch Park

 
Surrey Police have been informed, as have the Metropolitan Police. They are working together to solve the crimes.
 
We need your help. If you spot any anti social behaviour in the park, please report it to the police on 101, Sutton Parks Police on 020 8721 2268  or if it is an emergency dial 999.