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Wimbledon Park Tree Planting Volunteering 4-5th March 2022

Wimbledon Park Tree Planting

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Wimbledon Park Tree Planting 2022-03

Friends of Wimbledon Park will be planting 160 new trees in the park on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th March, between 10am and 1pm. This is part of our volunteers programme.

Please see this flyer for details and for how to volunteer to help, then use the contact form to register your interest. We are looking for 15 adult volunteers on each day for 3 hours, 10am-1pm. Volunteer applications will be processed on a first-come basis. You must be available for the whole 3 hours as there is quite a lot of work to get through !

Volunteers will need to read the risk assessment (health and safety guide) and will be asked to bring a signed copy on the day.

As well as 15 adult volunteers for 3 hours on each day, we will also be providing an opportunity for 20 families to come along and plant a tree each on the Saturday 5th March, so that they can be involved in the future of this beautiful park and have a nice photo / memory as a keepsake. There will be 5 minute time slots for each family between 10:30 and 12:15 on the Saturday. Applications will be accepted from paid up members of Friends of Wimbledon Park first, then any spare slots will be allocated to non-members on a first-come basis. See here for how to join as a member from as little as £4 a year and support the vital work that we carry out.

Here is a summary of the trees that will be planted.

Here are more details of how we arrived at this plan.

We look forward to seeing some of you on the day !

More volunteering opportunities are being discussed and will be advertised in due course.

Wimbledon Park Tree Planting
Wimbledon Park Trees

History of the Friends volunteer’s activities:

a. Tree & bulb planting have been running successfully for over 5 years. Over 2000 trees have been planted since 2016 and many hundreds of bulbs.

b. A Duke of Edinburgh Award & Citizen Science was run from 2016-2017 with planting and maintaining the raised beds at Revelstoke Road & Wimbledon Park Road as entrances as a main task. But due to lack of DBS check certified2 volunteer availability had to be suspended.

c. Litter picking was carried out monthly for a few years but has recently moved to a spring & autumn event focussing on Horse Close Wood and the Railway Hedges.

d. A Citizen Science bat survey project was undertaken in Wimbledon Park in 2017.

e. Investigations of lake pollution have been undertaken with Environmental Agency, Thames Water and South East Rivers Trust.

f. Dr. Dave Dawson (Environmental adviser to the Friends) has been monitoring birds in the park on a monthly visit since 1986 on a standard walking route that includes the waterside promenade and water sampling.

i. He wrote the management plan for Horse Close Wood.

ii. Dr Dave Dawson also has a nature blog

g. The Capability Brown Society has been developing programmes for school children to perform music and display artwork in the park.

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