Park life (continued)
The Friends of Rosebery Park had a session working in the fenced off wildlife area earlier this month. They re-pollarded some willows that were shading the small pond which is fed by a little spring. They reported that a good indication of how dry it’s been this winter is that the spring is not flowing at all and the pond is completely dry - last time they performed the same task, four years ago, the pond was brimming!
Staying with the theme of Rosebery Park water, now the main pond has settled down following its refurbishment, we have been able to plant vegetation to increase the pond’s biodiversity. Coir rolls have been placed along the edge of the pond to provide some vegetation and an enhanced growing medium (the matting will also help conceal the gabion baskets). Our countryside team are hoping that this new wildlife habitat will encourage a number of critters, including dragonflies.
Outside of the town centre, the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Councillor Neil Dallen, joined the Friends of Court Recreation Ground to check out equipment newly installed in the children’s playground.
The new play equipment, a track ride and a wheelchair accessible roundabout, were made possible from the neighbourhood portion of funds from the Community Infrastructure Levy. The Mayor was keen to try out the equipment and having commented positively both on the items themselves and also on the playground rubber safety flooring under the track ride, he declared “outside play at a young age is the first steps to exercise and social interaction and I’m pleased to see the Council investing in the youth of the borough in this way”.
Janet Wolfinden from the Friends of Court Recreation Ground said “We love this park and the continuing investment that it receives are crucial for this green space in the heart of Epsom". Michael Ball added "the Friends have an ongoing dialogue with the Council and with individual councillors to raise issues for the improvement of Court Rec and for its users”.
Friends of Parks
Most of the parks in Epsom and Ewell have a Friends group, with some more active than others. A Friends group is made up of local residents and other interested parties who dedicate their time and knowledge to improve their local park or open space. Anyone can join a friends group, you don't need to live in the immediate area to be a member and it is up to you how much time you commit. To get in contact with a Friends group contact the Council and mention which park you are interested in assisting.