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  • Volunteer to help monitor cattle at Tolworth nature reserve

    Volunteer to help monitor cattle at Tolworth nature reserve0

    Can you help keep an eye on Moogan Freeman at Tolworth Court Farm Moated Manor? Moogan, from the Downlands Partnership, will be taking part in a two-week conservation grazing project at the 2.4 acre nature reserve off Kingston Road. The grazing by the Sussex cattle will help improve the biodiversity of the meadow and the

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  • Free scything sessions to improve biodiversity at nature reserve

    Free scything sessions to improve biodiversity at nature reserve0

    Learn scything skills to help improve grassland habitats at a local nature reserve. The traditional hay meadow management technique will be used to prepare Tolworth Court Farm Moated Manor Nature Reserve for the introduction of cattle in October. The trial is part of a conservation grazing programme which will improve the biodiversity of the site

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  • Mayor bashes balsam and opens boardwalk at Six Acre Meadow

    Mayor bashes balsam and opens boardwalk at Six Acre Meadow0

    Cllr Sushila Abraham gets stuck in with a spot of Himalayan Balsam bashing. The mayor of Kingston set to work tackling the invasive plant which has a stranglehold on Tolworth’s Six Acre Meadow which borders the Hogsmill River. She was joined by Kingston’s biodiversity officer Elliot Newton, also pictured, as well as Alexandra ward’s Cllr

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  • Learn scything techniques at Fishponds Park this Saturday

    Learn scything techniques at Fishponds Park this Saturday0

    Learn various scything techniques to help manage the meadow at Surbiton’s Fishponds Park. Kingston’s biodiversity officer Elliot Newton will be leading an introduction to scything at the park off Hollyfield Road from 10am on Saturday (22nd). This traditional way of cutting grass and managing hay meadows, minimises the impact on wildlife. Volunteers can also help

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  • Grass in nature reserve is cut using scythes to manage meadow

    Grass in nature reserve is cut using scythes to manage meadow0

    Scythers set to at Tolworth Court Farm Moated Manor, a nature reserve off Old Kingston Road. Twelve volunteers were given lessons in scything techniques and then worked their way across the 2.4 acre site, skirting around the yellow meadow ant hills which would have been destroyed if heavy machinery was used to mow the grass,

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  • Find out more about plan to turn verges into wildflower meadows

    Find out more about plan to turn verges into wildflower meadows0

    Have your say on a plan to turn verges into ‘meadows’ full of wildflowers at a virtual WildWays drop-in session. Kingston’s biodiversity officer Elliot Newton, pictured, will be talking about the trial to manage the borough’s verges in a different way to encourage wildflowers to grow and attract more pollinators like butterflies and bumblebees. He

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