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Judges Golden comments on Cheam Park

Sandpit Cheam Park PlaygroundThese 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.”

Cow Parsley Cheam Park

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.

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.

Nonsuch in Poetry

Nonsuch in Poetry

On 21st June 2016 at 7.30pm a presentation will take place in the Service Wing Stable of new poetry about Nonsuch. Award winning local poet, Bernard Jacobs will tell us about his new anthology. Each poem is based on an aspect of the history of Nonsuch – Henry VIII, Barbara Villiers, the Palace, the Stained Glass and Nonsuch Park during World War II and, more recently, Prof. Biddles’ excavation in 1959.

Bernard Jacobs The Nonsuch Poems

Bernard and some friends will read a selection of them, some accompanied by music, with an explanation being given about the reason for each poem. Some are gentle, some funny, others serious. 

Mr. Jacobs, who lives near to Nonsuch Park, has only recently taken up writing as a hobby and has already received various awards. He has asked if some of the poems can be read with music playing quietly in the background as the poem is read.

The poems have now been published and Mr. Jacobs will sign books after the event. Each books costs just £5.

The Nonsuch Poems Bernard Jacobs

Thank You Pearson

Thank you Pearson and their intrepid team, who came from Central London for the morning to help pull Golden Rod out of the Meadow in Warren Farm.

The Weather decided it was going to throw everything at us.  One minute we had low cloud, then the sun shone brightly and with a Whoosh, in came a rain storm and it bucketed it down.

In spite of all this, the Pearson Team carried on regardless.  I was most impressed by how even a sudden rain storm didn’t stop their enthusiasm for the job.

Pearson in Warren Farm

And now for the clarity bit.  Pearson are the World’s Largest Education Company and not to be confused with Pearsons, our local bike shop and who are also the Worlds Oldest Bike Shop!!

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.

Nonsuch Park Runners Volunteer in Warren Farm

A huge thank you to Nonsuch Park Run and Sutton Runners for giving up their Saturday Morning to help pull out Canadian Goldenrod from Warren Farm and create beautiful Meadowland.   Almost 100  runners came to help.

Nonsuch Park Run Volunteer Warren Farm

The runners said how much they enjoy running in Nonsuch and were really keen to help give back to the park in this way.

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A massive pile of Goldenrod was created, which has now gone off to the compost heap.

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Springwatch Do Something Great in Warren Farm

GOLDENROD ALERT at WARREN FARM. It is our next weekend volunteer day NEXT Sat 11th June, 10 -12 – if you would like to join us, you are very welcome. If you are not able to join us but would like to help then do just start pulling up areas and leave the piles on the path. Roger and I will collect them and carry them to a composting site.

Meadow Restoration Warren Farm

Springwatch and the BBC are encouraging EVERYONE to volunteer in some way during June using the hash tag #DoSomethingGreat so come along and Do Something Great in your local meadow. Also keep an eye out for little flutters of blue in Warren Farm our lovely little rare butterfly the Small Blue is on the wing….enjoy and thank you in advance for all your help 🙂

Meadow Restoration on a Sunday morning

Warren Farm Meadow Restoration

First weekend task day of the year.. eleven of us made great progress removing Canadian goldenrod in the top area of the field. Chafer beetles, frog hoppers and flat backed millipedes kept the eagle eyed kids very entertained, and its always handy having Roger our entomologist on hand for instant species identification.

Flat Back Millipede

Welcome to our newcomers and it was lovely to see last years crew back again.

Sally Williams Warren Farm 1

The next weekend date is SAT 11TH JUNE 10 -12, and we will continue to work every WEDNESDAY 9.30 – 11. Do come along and join us, you will be made very welcome.

Sally Williams Frog Hopper