TREES AND MEADOW

Working with Kingston Council we have completed the avenue of Field Maples across the centre of the Rec. The Faith Forum donated 2 Liquidambars and 3 oaks which are all thriving.

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We discovered several elms on the Rec behind the pond and butterfly enthusiasts got very excited because this is the habitat for the rare “White Letter Hairstreak Butterfly". On a sunny day from mid-June we are looking out for them twirling upwards from the canopy like small dark specks

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The White Letter Hairstreak

The London Orchard project donated the 5 fruit trees.  We have some Silver Birches to be planted in the autumn all donated by local people.
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Planting Whips to create a Native Hedge.
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Meadow and Nettles
We have some excellent patches of nettles which are the essential habitat for the caterpillars of many butterflies. This year we are delighted that the Council has left the borders of the Rec un-mown and even in the first year we are seeing many flowers and insects.
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