Nature reserve to undergo work

Merton Council wish to advise people of work that is set to being carried out at the Fishpond Wood and Beverley Meads Local Nature Reserve in Wimbledon.

Contractors are due to commence work in October, when they will be extending the wooden boardwalk and coppicing specific areas of the site.

Coppicing is a traditional woodland management technique, where certain species of trees and shrubs have their stems cut back to ground level. Coppicing extends the life of the tree by preventing them from becoming over mature and collapsing. It also allows light to reach the woodland floor, which in turn benefits plants, such as bluebells.

In addition, contractors and London Wildlife Trust (LWF) volunteers will start work this winter on meadow restoration and hedgerow creation. This involves the clearing of invasive scrubs (small trees and bramble). A new hedge is to be created with a combination of existing shrubs and planted small trees. This will also incorporate some of the existing mature trees.

Merton Council is financing both projects along with the help of a grant from the Norlands Foundation, administered by the LWF

For further information, please contact Ruth Hutton, Landscape and Ecology Manager, on 0208 545 3658.