Category Archives: Nonsuch Park

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.


Tree Work in Nonsuch Woods

Late September and Early October is when the Foresters spring into action in Nonsuch Woods.  They have a golden month between when the birds have finished nesting and fledglings left the nest and the start of winter, when the ground starts to get seriously boggy and they can not get their vehicles in.

Whilst you will see Foresters at work at other times of the year, both Sutton and Epsom Council manage their woodland on Ecological principles, felling trees which are diseased or unsafe.

Nonsuch Park Awareness Day 2016

Tudors Indy Nonsuch Park
Tudors with Indy at Nonsuch Park

The awareness day is run by and for users of the park and includes a host of fun and free family activities

This year there will be five zones to visit:

Nature and wildlife Zone:  The Nonsuch Voles will be on hand to share their volunteering experiences and latest projects, along with other nature conservation groups. There is also the opportunity to find out more about bees with the Surrey Beekeepers Association and buy local honey, beeswax candles and other bee produce products.

Friends of Nonsuch Service Wing

History Zone: As part of Heritage Open Weekend and to celebrate the park’s rich history which dates back to the Henry VIII, The Friends of Nonsuch will be offering guided tours of both Nonsuch Mansion House and the Service Wing Museum and Palace Gallery which houses a stunning replica model of now-vanished Nonsuch Palace (described as nonesuch finer, the origin of the park’s name). Guests will be free to explore the formal gardens while interacting with a Tudor characters who will bring history to life.

Dog Zone: Dog owners can get advice on responsible dog ownership and (here’s an incentive you don’t see every day) pick up some free dog waste bags!

Cycling Zone: Free bike check-ups will be on offer as well as advice on all things cycling.

Fitness Zone: The park plays host to a number of fitness activities and a variety of these will be available to sample on the day.

Entrance is free so come along and find out more about Nonsuch Park.

Nonsuch Park Awareness Day, 11 September, 11am – 4p

There are a number of access points to Nonsuch Park; including car parks; one off London Road, Ewell and another off Ewell Road, Cheam.

Travellers in Nonsuch Park

Travellers are currently parked in the Sparrow Farm entrance of Nonsuch Park.

This was immediately reported to Epsom Council and their legal dept are dealing with it.

  • If Travellers are camped on Council land, the Council can evict them. If they are on private land, it is usually the landowner’s responsibility.
  • The Council must: show that the Travellers are on the land without consent; make enquiries regarding the general health, welfare and children’s education; ensure that the Human Rights Acts 1998 has been fully complied with; follow a set procedure in terms of proving ownership of land and details of the illegal encampment that will enable them to successfully obtain the necessary authority from the Courts to order the Travellers to leave the site.
  • The Council will be taking proceedings in the County Court under the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 to obtain a Court Order for their eviction. There must be a minimum of two clear days between service of documents and the Court hearing.

Problem Dog Owner in Nonsuch Park

The following post appeared on Epsom and Ewell Dogwatch on Facebook:

Just want to warn dog walkers over in Nonsuch Park to look out for a Silver Grey Staffordshire Bull Terrier type of dog.  His owner is a white British man, bald/ shaved head, stocky, mid 40’s plus, who lives in the Sparrow Farm area.

The unprovoked attack on our 5 month old puppy occurred on Thursday 14th of July around 8:45 AM near the Sparrow Park Farm entrance of Nonsuch Park. Our puppy nearly lost his eye. He had to be kept in the vets over night and given anaesthetic to examine and treat his injuries. He is traumatised.

The Staffie Type of dog clearly needs to be kept on a lead as he is highly likely to attack other dogs.  Given the owners less than concerned reaction I imagine his dog has done this before.

99% of all dogs in our parks are very well behaved.  It is very sad when one dog owners lets all the other dogs down.    We should not tar all Staffie’s with the same brush.

Sutton Council are working with Sutton Police on the Local Environmental Awareness on Dogs (LEAD) initiative, which is all about promoting responsible dog ownership.

You can find more details about it here


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

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