A crisp but cracking start to 2019!

A crystal blue January sky and oaks glazed with frost welcomed us on what was the first official conservation day of 2019. Frozen blades of grass crunched underfoot, as our merry band of volunteers wandered through this wintry scene to kick start what we hope will be an exciting, fun filled and productive year on the nature reserve. The first point of call of the day was to give all our newly planted whips the best chance of survival possible. We have a fantastic selection of native hedgerow trees including field maple, dog rose, blackthorn and hawthorn, that we...

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Green Lane Community Orchard – Planting Day!

“Months of preparation for a new community orchard culminated on Saturday 15th December with  participants, expertly schooled by the Orchard Project, planting trees and fruit bushes. After digging suitable holes, tree roots were dipped into a mycorrhizal application of beneficial fungi. This is designed to colonise the roots and create an early mycelial network within the soil, increasing nutrient and water uptake. The trees were surrounded in protective cages and three fruit bushes – a gooseberry, red currant, white currant or a black currant – were planted around the base. Amongst the trees planted were: a cider apple (Tremlex...

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Our First FoBNR Conservation Volunteering Day!

The weather was forecast to be grey and wet on Thursday 29th November, however beams of sunlight adorned the site, shining through windows in the clouds that floated over the Berrylands Nature Reserve.  The day marked a significant moment in the nature reserve’s history, as this was the first conservation day organised by the Friends Group. The aim of the day was to continue the great work that the Environment Trust led on the previous day, planting tree species around the newly established wildlife pond and to create a new hedgerow along the grassland on the eastern section of the...

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Green Lane Community Orchard … it’s official!

You may have seen a few social media & blog posts recently about a brand new community orchard that is coming to town. Well, we are really pleased to confirm that it is definitely happening and following official council approval, we can now tell that we will be planting the orchard on Saturday 15th December and YOU are all invited to join in. The poster above explains most things about the planting day itself but this is a long term project, financed and supported by The Orchard Project. The Orchard Project is a national charity trying to re-fruit the country, working in partnership with communities to plant,...

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New Conservation Volunteer Days!

After almost 2 months, since the last conservation activity at the nature reserve, we are pleased to announce the very first Friends of Berrylands Nature Reserve conservation volunteer day.It will take place on Thursday the 29th November. Over the last few months we have been busy setting up the Friends group and aquiring all the necessary insurances to be able to run our own sessions. So we are now very excited to be ready to finally get back into the nature reserve doing lots more fantastic conservation work to keep improving the site. And of course, we’d love as...

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A successful first Community Update meeting

Well Saturday 27th October was a busy day for many of us.  Most of those who organised and some who attended the first Community Update meeting had already spent much of the day outdoors in the cold supporting a Community Action Day over in Fishponds Park, Surbiton; supporting other local green spaces is very much part of the main aim of our friends of group and during a period of waiting for our own conservation events, helping local friends seemed like the best thing to do. So, slightly tired but after a successful conservation day in Fishponds, we held...

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Community Update!

We thought it was time that we arranged a local community update meeting so that we can share all about the brand new Friends of Berrylands Nature Reserve group! You can meet the committee who have got it all started, ask any questions and even join there and then!  We’ll also give you a run down of what has happened so far as part of the restoration project and what we believe is still to take place to improve our wonderful little nature reserve. Before we finish we want to hear from you guys!  We’d love to hear your...

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Project ORCHARD – planning continues!

Some of you may have seen our social media posts about an exciting new project coming to Berrylands … well, half way between Berrylands and New Malden, in Green Lane Park.  Thanks to Alison Fure, a local field ecologist and all round lovely person, approval has been given along with funding by The Orchard Project for a new community orchard in our neighbourhood.  What we, as a community, now need to do is mobilise a team of volunteers who are keen to be involved and commit to caring for the orchard. On Tuesday evening a small group of interested...

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Our new website is live!

We are so excited to release our brand new website as we officially launch the Friends of Berrylands Nature Reserve, a community group for everyone who cares about Berrylands Nature Reserve to get involved with! Check out the website, let us know your thoughts and we really hope you might then like to become a member and receive the benefits listed. But let’s be honest, the biggest benefit of all is that you are directly supporting the conservation work that is taking place to ensure our nature reserve is correctly managed for the best of our local wildlife and...

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