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Hidden Goldenrod in Warren Farm

Goldenrod Warren Farm

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.

Goldenrod Warren Farm

Volunteers still hard at work in Warren Farm

Compost Warren Farm

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 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.

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.

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.

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