Workdays which are usually ‘open to all’ are on hold at the moment. Watch this space for updates.
We are currently trialling how we can carry out workdays safely and in line with Government guidelines regarding Coronavirus. We therefore have restricted workdays to a limited number of volunteers.
We have a schedule of events for the year ahead. Join us on one of our practical days which offer the chance to learn new skills and get your hands dirty doing conservation tasks. Come and learn more about species in the park on our wildlife walks or become part of the Friends Committee which meets to discuss the functioning of the group.
Activities subject to change at short notice
FoSNCP hold a practical workday on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month to undertake conservation projects within the park
We meet by the Visitor Centre at 10 AM. We usually finish around midday and enjoy a hot drink & biscuits
All are welcome although under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult
Training and tools are provided
Please wear clothes suitable for outdoor activity and the weather. We recommend sturdy footwear
Workdays are on hold at the moment. Watch this space for updates
March 13th 2021
Our workday team was split into 2 groups. One team worked in the environment garden & the other team cleared litter along route 666, they cleared 15 bags of litter & what looked to be old camps.
In the environment garden we cut back brambles & branches overhanging the paths, repaired a fence. The arisings from the bramble & branch cutting were partly used to block up holes in the hedge around the apiary.
March 27th 2021
Today we split into two groups. Both groups prepared areas for sowing wildflower seeds.
Some of us worked on the ‘Triangle’ at the entrance to the park. Here we cleared the top grass turfs from three areas, raked over the soil & then spread the seeds. The seeds for this area are from nectar-rich wildflowers which are attractive to butterflies & bees. They include annual & perennial species such as Common Agrimony, Borage, Wild Clary, Red clover, White clover, Corn cockle, Cornflower, Ox-eye daisy, Wild Foxglove, Common Knapweed, Greater Knapweed, Purple loosestrife, Wild Marjoram, Meadow Cranesbill, Musk mallow, Common Poppy, Ragged robin, Sainfoin, Field Scabious, Small Scabious, Teasel, Bird’s-foot trefoil, Kidney vetch, Viper’s bugloss, Yarrow, Yellow Rattle.
The rest of us cleared an area in the Environment Garden & the seeds will be sown during our next workday. We chose a mix of wildflower seeds that are more suited to heavier soils. The seeds included the following annual & perennial wildflower species – Common Agrimony, Lady’s bedstraw, Betony, Black medick, Salad burnet, Meadow buttercup, White campion, Wild Carrot, Wild Clary, Cowslip, Ox-eye daisy, Common Knapweed, Greater Knapweed, Meadowsweet, Hoary plantain, Ribwort plantain, Common Poppy, Ragged robin, Field Scabious, Self-heal, Common Sorrel, Tufted vetch, Yarrow, Yellow-rattle.
An extract from “Flowering Plants of South Norwood Country Park” written by Robert Spencer –
“South Norwood Country Park relative to its size contains a wide range habitats and as a result a diverse range of plants can be found growing on site. Some of these plants are very conspicuous, growing in great abundance and filling the park with splashes of bright colour with a white period in early May, largely as a result of the Cow Parsley, this is followed later in the year by a pink period consisting of mainly Willow herbs. Other plants to be observed are common easily recognisable flowers. However there are a great number of plants growing at South Norwood Country Park that are less well-known or harder to spot, and the casual observer would likely be surprised to learn that 363 species of flowering plants have so far been recorded growing in the park though this number includes invasive species and garden escapes.”