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Tree Warden Group - Merton - August 2014


We have an opportunity to improve our local streets by carrying out minor works to established street trees. The task involves removing ties and stakes where no longer needed and cutting suckers and low side branches that may impede the footpath.

Training will be needed, so if you want to try this on your own patch, contact Jane to arrange an hour of training. A high viz vest (labelled Tree Warden Volunteer) and a loan of tools from our store will be on offer.

Tree problems too major to tackle, should be reported as usual to Lew Block in Street Management on 020 8545 3826 or better still via the council website Street Scene Enquiry Form on: http://www.merton.gov.uk/environment/trees.htm


Several local TWs have trained for the i-Tree survey work, which Jim Smith of the Forestry Commission is organising for Greater London. The programme of surveying will commence when training of the many volunteers from other boroughs is complete. 


The Friends group at the Canons (FROC), which is led by TW John Davis, is planning to survey the walled Peace Garden behind the house in order that the planting can be rationalised in the autumn to better effect. If this is something you would like to be involved with come along to one of the Friends workdays (3rd Sunday of the month). The active group also manages the nearby fruit hedge, the surrounds to the pond, Bellamy Copse and other tasks. 


The latest woodland planting along London Rd at Morden Park playing fields is also establishing well but needs weeding because we were unable to mulch last winter. We will arrange another date with the Friends of Morden Park Playing Fields to weed the latest planting but leave spreading of mulch until cooler weather in autumn. 


The contract for planting and watering of new street trees continues to be controlled by Arboricultural Manager of Greenspaces, Dave Lofthouse. The contractor waters every fortnight in the summer. 


Replacement street trees will be planted by the council’s contractor in tree pits where trees are missing or have died if the council is advised. By alerting the council more streets will have their full complement of trees, so do report vacant tree pits via the council website Street Scene Enquiry Form on: http://www.merton.gov.uk/environment/trees.htm 


All tasks run from 10am to 1pm. We recommend wearing strong shoes or boots. 

Sunday July 6th, Sept 7th, Sept 14th, Oct 5th - Workday at Ravensbury Park

Meet at central bridge over river to help Friends group with various tasks e.g. pruning, litterpicking, pennywort removal, sycamore felling. We also hold month mid-week gardening days. Contact Jane 07773 406 105 

Sunday July 20th, Aug 17th, Sep 21th, Oct 19th - Workday at The Canons, Madeira Rd

To help Friends' group with various tasks e.g. surveying walled Peace Garden, trimming hedges, maintaining fruit hedge, managing Bellamy’s Copse. Contact John 07739 513 948 


Sunday 10th August - Workday Bennett’s Hole

General Maintenance. Meet entrance Willow Lane. Leader: Alan Gray 07903  157118. 

Sunday 17th August - Workday Fishpond Wood & Beverley Meads

Maintenance work. Meet Beverley Meads Car Park, Barham  Rd  SW20 at  9.30am. Leader: Paul Pickering This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Sunday 7th September - Workday Myrna Close

Meet at bridge IN middle of Reserve (between Myrna Close and Victoria Rd). Leader Fiona Sydney This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Sunday 14th September - Workday on Bennett’s Hole

See 10th August for details. 

Sunday 21st September - Workday Fishpond Wood & Beverley Meads

See 17th August for details.


Volunteer Co-ordinator: Jane Plant

464 Kingston Road London SW20 8DX 

020 8543 0790 or 07773 406 105


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