Welcome to a bulletin of what to look for and what is happening.  These are placed on the information boards each season and we retain key extracts in the relevant category of this website.  The following is an example of the Spring 2022 Newsletter.  

Spring 2022 Works

We are improving water drainage and have placed a floodwater drainage system to intercept water runoff from Richmond Park and adjacent roads. Not only does good water drainage help to water trees, but it helps to create a varied and sustainable environment.  New drains are being placed under Dysart Rise Path with old and clogged drains being cleared. 

We safeguard this predominantly native broadleaf woodland and monitor and manage invasive species such as cherry laurel, Rhododendron ponticum and winter heliotrope.  Japanese knotweed has re-emerged and is being removed.  Action is being taken against oak processionary moth. 

We have planted 23,850 trees in the past 5 years and continue to plant wildflowers to encourage bees and other invertebrates.  We have added 600 “in the green” native bluebells and 300 red campions to the recently prepared sweet chestnut and hazel coppice glades.  Bluebells should flower in April, followed by red campion and wood forget me nots. Please do not pick the flora. 

We have placed “No Cycling” signs at Petersham Common entrances reminding cyclists of the by – law prohibiting cycling though bikes can be walked through the Common.  By exception, cycling is allowed on the shared used Petersham Path that runs parallel and below Petersham Road.  

This spring we have noticed the return of tawny and little owls to the Common. If you are lucky, you may see young owls perched on a tree branch or peeping out from a nest box during May / June as they wait for their parents to feed them.