Friends of Cheam Park AGM

Cheam Park Cafe Sign

Cheam Park is looking amazing now, but it could be even better.  What would you like to see in Cheam Park?  Come to the Friends of Cheam Park AGM and let us know your ideas.

The Friends of Cheam Park AGM will be held on Tuesday 26th September 2017 at 7.30pm at Cheam Park Cafe.

This is only open to members of Friends of Cheam Park, but if you are not yet a member, you can join here and attend the meeting.

Silver Gilt for Nonsuch Park

Nonsuch MansionNonsuch Park’s has won Silver Gilt in the South & South East In Bloom 2017, Heritage Park and Large Park categories.

This is a fantastic achievement particularly in the Heritage Category as the other Silver Gilt awards were given to ‘pay to enter’ gardens and/or parks which have received significant lottery investment.

This would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our staff and volunteer groups.  The Nonsuch Voles who look after the woodland and gardens, The Friends of Nonsuch who look after the Museum and help restore historical features in the gardens and Nonsuch Watch who contribute towards supporting the rich biodiversity of the park.

 

Volunteers are winning the battle with canadian goldenrod

Warren Farm Meadow in September
Warren Farm Meadow in September

Warren Farm Meadow has now been mowed, ready for the Autumn.

A monster Thank You to all the Volunteers, who helped pull out canadian goldenrod, as you walked around, walking the dog.

A special Thank You to Roger, Mike Constable and Mike’s dog Dexter, who did so much of the hard work. They were there most days, come rain or sunshine, from mid April.

The difference has been tremendous. Last year “Park run Field” was full of goldenrod, but it is no longer there. Roughly two thirds of Warren Farm has now been cleared of goldenrod

The goldenrod will come back in Parkrun Field, but it will be thinner, less vigorous and much easier to pull.

Warren Farm Meadow in September
Warren Farm Meadow in September

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.

New benches in Cheam Rec

 

New Path Cheam Rec

Would you like to give a bench in memory of a loved one in Cheam Rec?

Sutton Council is looking to install some new benches in Cheam Rec, along the new path.  People will be able to sit down, watch the world go by and enjoy a beautiful meadow, just behind them.

Sutton Council will provide an Evergreen 1.8m seat + ground fixings + one row of paving + installation of seat/plaque at a  cost of £814.

Please Contact the Parks Team on 0208 770 5070 should you wish to find out more information.

Slow progress on the Trim Trail

Climbing Frame Cheam Park

The contractors building the Trim Trail in Cheam Rec, appear to be working at a snails pace.

Sutton Council was promised they would only take 10 days to do the work.  They are now on day 11 and have still only put in 4 items of kit.  Officers from Sutton Council are now chasing the contractors to get the work done.

The Council have mad it clear work must be finished by Friday 21st July, in time for the school  holidays.

Put on your Wellies and get muddy!

The trees have now arrived and are ready to be planted in Cheam Park, by the Friends of Cheam Park, but they need your help.

Tree Planting Tractor
Tree planting tractor Cheam park

Today the men were hard at work, digging holes with the tractor, where we want the trees to go.  This will make it much easier on Saturday, when we have to plant the trees.

So now all we need is lots of people power to dig the holes and plant the trees.  We have a mixture of rather large trees and some much smaller saplings.

We will be planting trees in Cheam Park from 10:00 on Saturday 26th November, meeting at Cheam Cafe.  Please come and help us.

Tree Planting in Cheam Park

The Friends of Cheam Park and Sutton Council are planning on planting more trees in Cheam Park.

Please come and join us.  We need all the help we can get!!

This will be on Saturday 26th November, between 10:00 and 1:00.  We will meet at Cheam Park Cafe

We will be planting a mixture of mature trees and small saplings.

Tree Planting Cheam Rec

Cheam Park has been transformed since we started planting trees on it.  The area has become a haven for wildlife and is just beautiful to visit.  Planting close to the wildlife rich Ancient Woodland site of Nonsuch Woods, means we are extending the habitat for the Woodland wildlife.

We all know that in Winter time, there is a great deal of water run off, which comes off the Park and adds to the flooding.  As the mature, the trees will absorb some of the water and airate the soil reducing the amount of run off.

And finally….The UK has only 13% woodland cover, compared with an EU average of 37%.  It is good to know we are going our bit to improve that figure.

Cheam Rec Mowing