Now that Warren Farm Meadow has been mowed, there is no longer any Goldenrod to pull from the main field. It can however still be found hidden in the woods.
If you fancy a spot of stress release, pulling goldenrod out by the roots, in the woodland is a very satisfying experience. The ground is soft and full of leaf mould, which means the roots have little to hang onto. Just pull up the plant, get as much root out as you can and leave it on the footpath. A volunteer will then pick it up and put it on one of the compost heaps.
This is Roger Hawkins, who is doing such fantastic volunteering work in Warren Farm. He is there from mid April, through to the end of October, pulling out Goldenrod. Now that the meadow has been cut, Roger is out raking the grass and adding it to the enormous piles of grass on the edge of the meadow.
As this is chalk grassland, it needs to be nutrient thin ground We therefore do not want the grass composting down, but remove it to the side of the meadow.
Please come and say hello to Roger and Mike Constable and encourage your dogs not to bark at them, they are doing an incredible job.
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.
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.