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

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.

Use of The Depot in Cheam Park

Sutton Council has agreed to appoint The Landscape Group (TLG), Council on 1st August as their Preferred Bidder for the ‘Lot 2’ services – ie parks, cemeteries and grounds maintenance.
The next stage of the procurement is to commence discussions in September with TLG regarding the use of all depots and exactly how they intend to deploy staff. These discussions will be completed by mid-November, in advance of contract signing in December 2016.


As part of the tender invitation, bidders were offered a number of sites within each borough to lease, and TLG have confirmed that they wish to lease the depots in Cheam Park, Manor Park and Oaks Park

Sutton Council confirmed that Council employees will continue to work out of the depot until 31 January 2017, after which date their employment will transfer to TLG. Following transfer, the depot will continue to host grounds maintenance and parks teams to deliver services on behalf of the Council.

As these sites are classed as open space,  Sutton Council are required by statute to publically advertise their intention to ‘dispose’ of the properties via leases via a statutory Notice

– please note this does not mean that Sutton Council are selling the sites, it is purely the legal wording required.
Notices will be appearing in the local press in w/c 22nd August and 29th August
Any resident who wishes to make a representation about any of the leases can do so, within a limited timescale, and the Council will give such representations due consideration.
Sutton Council are hoping to complete this process by the end of September, so that leases can then be prepared ready for contractual completion by the end of November 2016.

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.

A Trim Trail in Cheam Rec?

What do people think of the idea of installing a Trim Trail in Cheam Rec?

Trim Trail 4

There is already one in Overton Grange.  It can be used by both aspiring athletes and young people to keep fit and let off steam.

Trim Trail 3

It could run up the centre of the Rec, where there is currently a single line of trees

Cllr Mary Burstow will be proposing the idea at the next South Sutton, Cheam and Belmont Area Committee in September.  She would like to hear your views.

Trim Trail Overton Grange

Cllr Burstow said “Whilst we have plenty of play equipment in Cheam Rec for young children, we have very little for older children and teenagers.  This really needs to be addressed.”

Trim Trail 2

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


Changes to the Management of Sutton’s Parks

Sutton Council is planning on changing how its parks are maintained.

Rather than manage the parks themselves, they have put out to the contract out to tender .

Tractor in Cheam Rec
Tractor in Cheam Rec

They have awarded Preferred Bidder status to The Landscape Group Limited for the provision of Lot 2 services (parks, grounds maintenance, cemeteries, verges and tree maintenance) for a period of eight years with the option to extend for a two further periods of eight years (twenty four in total) to commence from February 2017

A copy of the report can be found here.  The relevant part, can be found on page 42.  Item 2.2 onwards.

Cheam Park Depot Entrance

At a meeting of Friends of Cheam Park, we learnt that The Landscape Group plan to base themselves at the Depot in Cheam Park and one other site.  Over the summer Sutton Council officers will negotiate with The Landscape Group exactly how the contract will operate.

At the Friends meeting, concern was raised as to parking in Cheam Car Park by staff from the Depot.  It was proposed that if additional parking was needed, officers ask The Landscape Group to use the land at the back of the Depot.  Council officers made it clear, that whilst it was an excellent idea, it was still all subject to negotiation.

Back of Cheam Depot

Local residents expressed concern as to the volume of traffic entering the Depot via Tudor Close and the nature of this traffic.  These comments were taken on board by Sutton Council officers.

At the Friends meeting, it was agreed that if there was any update on these negotiations, they would update residents and councillors at the South Sutton, Cheam and Belmont Area Committee on 8th September.

Sutton Council will keep local residents updated through the Cheam Ward Councillors, Tudor Close Residents Association, Friends of Cheam Park, Whats on in Cheam and Nonsuch News.

Maintenance Work Cheam Rec

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.