On Saturday 24th June, the Woodland Trust are asking local people to come and help pull out Golden Rod in Warren Farm, helping to create a beautiful Downland meadow. It will start at 10:00 and finish at around 12:00.
Warren Farm, is 53 acres of Meadow Land, next to Nonsuch Park. It is primarily Chalk Meadow land, rich in grasses, kidney vetch, oxeye daisies, hawkweed and pyramidal orchids. Sadly the site had been invaded by Canadian Goldenrod in the 1990’s and its true beauty was not fully appreciated, until a team of dedicated Woodland Trust Volunteers began the task of pulling it out by hand.
Now over half the site has been cleared of Golden Rod. It is not unusual to see land cleared of Golden Rod, repopulated by precious chalk meadowland flowers in the same summer. The Goldenrod has to be pulled out by hand, to get the maximum amount of the root out, as this is its main method of spreading.
The reward is to see rare wild flowers returning and habitats being created for Skylarks, Small Owls and Green Woodpeckers.
Further details on Warren Farm can be found here: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer-with-us/opportunities/woodland-working-party-warren-farm
There is good parking in Nonsuch Park – which is only a 10 minute walk away, together with a decent café and loos.
Come and join us and see what a difference even half an hours volunteering can make to this beautiful meadow.