All the fun of the farm!
It’s official – removing Canadian Goldenrod is highly addictive! At least, that is what around 70 volunteers said after attending Warren Farm’s Meadow Day to mark the start of Volunteers’ Week 2019 on Saturday 1st June!
The annual event focuses on removing the rather pesky weed, which has to be pulled out by its roots (by hand!) to stop it invading the meadow area of this special urban site near Cheam, Surrey. A task that has been part of the restorative work at Warren Farm in recent years has seen great results – clearing the Goldenrod has seen an increase in native flora, including kidney vetch, which is an important part of the diet of the Common Blue butterfly. In addition to an increase in numbers of the Common Blue, there have now been 29 species of butterfly recorded at Warren Farm to date and this only looks set to get even better as work continues!
In addition to the hard work of regular volunteers, Roger and Mike, who put in huge amounts of time to support the project, volunteer events like this one make a significant impact, not least in engaging the local community in the wildlife on their doorstep. We were also pleased to welcome volunteers from Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, conservation group, Green S Force, and, of course, our very own Woodland Trust team members.
It was an amazing day and we can’t wait to do it all again on Saturday 22nd June! Let Anna Claxton know if you would like to come along and get stuck in yourselves: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also still recruiting for a lead volunteer at Warren Farm – please also contact Anna to find out more!
Thanks to all involved in the Meadow Day, including volunteers Roger, Mike, Jenny, Mick, Jennifer, Martin and Derek.
Images : Derek Lefley, Volunteer Photographer