It’s been just over a year since we were all allowed an early break from our houses and the park became a buzz of activity from 6 to 9 each morning. Everyone was out jogging, gymming, walking, chatting, but also weeding as we’d lost prime time for ridding the park of weeds and their seeds.
This time round, we’re more or less ahead of the weeds. We’ve also begun implementing various plans that were hatched during early lockdown. The park remains almost as heavily used as right after lockdown, but we’ve conquered some forgotten corners, allowing everyone to spread out more. Take a stroll down the new paths into the North-West corner of the park to discover a hidden garden. Or wander over the ridge behind the gym equipment to enjoy a breath-taking view across the Northern suburbs.
Residents have begun donating bags-full of autumn leaves so we can mulch all the rockeries and beds that we’ve freed of kikuyu and weeds, and in which new plants now have to survive the next few months without water.
We keep learning which plants grow best, and what to make cuttings of and plant more of in spring.
We’ve discovered some champion weed-busting, drought-loving species. Thanks to Mayford’s seed donation, we have indigenous grasses flourishing in several previously weed-infested patches. We’ll resume sowing grass seeds in spring.
A new priority is the area of the park that meets Putney corner Esher. A gatvol resident confronted dumping and began having rubble and waste removed. The plan is to prepare new paths, rockeries and seating areas. Watch this space, but also come out and join the action, adopt a patch and enjoy seeing it flourish.
The Park People
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