Warren Farm is Nonsuch Parks hidden gem.
It consists of 21 hectares of undeveloped farmland, within a suburban landscape. The site is largely open grassland with several areas of planted native broadleaved trees, natural regeneration and some more mature trees forming a wooded fringe to the site.
Local volunteers are working hard to create traditional Chalk Meadowland, within Warren Farm. Each May they are rewarded with Ox Eye Daisies Kidney Vetch, Bedstraw, Red Clover and Wild Carrot. In a survey in 2015 over 90 different meadow plants were recorded.
The grassland also provides feeding and breeding habitat for a number of threatened birds such as stone curlew and skylark.
Thirty five bird species have been recorded on this site.
Six are on the Red Data List: Herring Gull; House Sparrow (Linnet); Skylark; Song Thrush & Starling
Six are on the Amber List Dunnock; Green Woodpecker; Kestrel; Stock Dove; Whitethroat & Willow Warbler.
Problems are still being experienced from an invasive plant-Canadian goldenrod (Solidago canadensis). This suppresses native flora in the open spaces and is steadily spreading across the site. Volunteers are working hard to remove this plant, pulling it out by the root, throughout the summer.
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.