These are the judges comments for Cheam Park and Recreation Ground in London in Bloom, for which we were awarded a Gold for the first time.
“Cheam Park and Recreation Ground offers a tremendous resource to the residents of Sutton as well as the neighbouring borough of Epsom and Ewell, as the park lies on the borough boundary. Maintained by IdVerde (previously The Landscape Group), the park is well maintained as a sports and recreation space with a play area, bowling and croquet green and cafe at its heart.
“Changes have been made in recent years to improve these facilities and now provides a good multifaceted service to the public. There are (registered and charged) personal trainer groups working in the park – all close to the hub.
“Notice boards identify the services and available activities, run by the Friends group associated with the park. A well run and followed football little league is active in the park.
“TFL have provided funding for a cycle path; part of a wider network which has been welcomed through the lower corner of the park – relieved the previous quagmire that residents and users had to contend with previously.
“Old fashioned horticulture is slightly overlooked here in the face of modern biodiversity provision. Nevertheless there are plans to upgrade some of the formal planting areas and the adjoining allotments have a waiting list.
“The trim trail that is currently being installed will provide recreation opportunities for residents for 14 plus, which I’m confident will prove to be a very popular addition to the parks facilities.
“The Cheam House side of the park retains the stately trees (which are maintained in a good condition) and make a fine feature within the setting. The house is long since gone, but the stable block is currently enjoying extensive repairs and it is hoped will provide children’s nursery space in the near future.
“Overall the residents of the western part of the borough must be very proud of their park.”
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.
The contractors building the Trim Trail in Cheam Rec, appear to be working at a snails pace.
Sutton Council was promised they would only take 10 days to do the work. They are now on day 11 and have still only put in 4 items of kit. Officers from Sutton Council are now chasing the contractors to get the work done.
The Council have mad it clear work must be finished by Friday 21st July, in time for the school holidays.
What do people think of the idea of installing a Trim Trail in Cheam Rec?
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.
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.
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.”
TOUCH RUGBY : Old Suttonians Rugby Club are running touch rugby in the park all through the summer. We meet at 10am on a Saturday morning in Nonsuch Park (school entrance where the military fitness set up) and run for an hour(ish) just to keep the hands warm and fitness up during the off season.
If you are interested in playing, please join the group in the link below and follow the updates weekly. We can accommodate all levels of ability as long as you are older than 11 and it is completely non-contact. It’s very relaxed and great fun, also a good way to work off that hangover! If you’re looking at getting back into the game after some time out or just looking for a bit of fitness, it’s a great way to stay sharp during the summer.
For more details go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/305244222971306/