Wildlife and orchards
Grass meadow areas
We have arranged to leave the grass to grow, for Alexandrea Recreation Ground in the Fruit Orchard adjacent to the Bowls club, and for Cator Park in the Fruit Orchard opposite the Children’s play area and along the Chaffinch Brook adjacent to the Bowls club towards the Kings Hall Road entrance. This is in negotiation with idverde to help let grasses & flowers grow for our birds, insects and butterflies.
“The simple step of giving wild plants & flowers a chance by leaving areas of our gardens or public spaces uncut can really help struggling pollinators like bees, butterflies, moths, hoverflies and bats!" Little Green Space @LGSpace 25/05/19
A new project was started by the Friends in November 2017 to establish fruit orchards in both Cator Park and Alexandra Recreation Ground. Apple, plum, pear, crab apple and cherry trees were planted in chosen corners of both parks by Hugh Chapman and his team, overseen by Julian Fowgies from Bromley Council.
An army of volunteer waterers watered the trees each week to supplement the weekly watering by Hugh and his bowser and the trees are now thriving. Thanks to all who have made the journey to their local park with their two litre bottles of water. Every little helps!