Norbury Hall Park’s squirrels need you!

By - Tuesday 26th June, 2018

If you live near ‘Squirrel Park’, here’s a chance to help urban wildlife

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The Friends of Norbury Hall Park are appealing for volunteers to help improve and clean-up Norbury Hall Park, Craignish Avenue, SW16 from 2 pm on Saturday 30th June.

The park, known as ‘Squirrel Park’ due to its large population of friendly squirrels, is very popular with its local community. However, in recent years, lack of investment and reduced maintenance has meant it has become tired, rundown and subject to increased littering.

The friends hope that volunteers will join in on 30th June and help them clear excess litter, prune back overgrowing bushes and freshen up park structures with a lick of paint. No experience is needed and even if people can only commit to as little as half an hour, all help is appreciated.

The Friends of Norbury Hall Park was established in 2017 by local park users who recognised its potential to benefit both the local community and increase biodiversity. The group is now spearheading the challenge of restoring it for everyone to enjoy.

Ian Clarke, chair of the Friends of Norbury Hall Park, said: “Norbury Hall Park is special but with a bit of care and investment, it has the potential to be spectacular.  This spruce-up event is the first step in reviving this much-loved park and all help will be gratefully received”.

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The Friends of Norbury Hall Park have been working closely with the London Borough of Croydon to improve the park. Croydon Council has been supportive and has committed to resurfacing paths and installing new bins in the park this financial year.

Spanning eight acres, the park was originally the gardens of Norbury Hall, a Georgian mansion that is now a residential care home. As a result, it is less formal than a traditional urban park, and instead features stretches of naturalistic wooded areas that are a haven for wildlife, particularly squirrels.

If you would like to get involved and can spare some time, please meet from 2 pm at the park gates on Craignish Avenue, SW16, on Saturday 30th June. To find out more about what the Friends are planning for the park, you can follow them on Twitter@NorburyHallPark.

Natasha Ley

Natasha Ley

Natasha is a Friend of Norbury Hall Park and a local Norbury resident. A keen gardener and mum, she's keen to see the park restored for everyone to enjoy.

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