Manor Park

Summer Solstice Nature Walk

On the longest day of the year (21st June) a nature walk and talk was organised. We started off in early evening at the Moated Manor next to the Ewell Bypass. There Elliot Newton gave us a lecture on conservation, wildlife and history of Tolworth Court Farm, inside an old barn. We also admired a nest of kestrels in a tree on the Moated Manor nature reserve.

We then proceed across the Ewell Bypass into Tolworth Court Farm. Elliot guided us around Tolworth Court Farm, stopping off at various points to point out the natural features of the area. We finished the evening with a quick pint in the Hogsmill pub.

A big thank you to Simeon Linstead for organising the evening walk and to Eliot Newton for being our guide for the evening.

Plough Green

Christmas on Plough Green

Christmas at Plough Green, this year, sees our biggest tree yet gracing our festive space, and a lovely switch-on event, which took place on Saturday 4th December. The event was organised by Fiona Sowell and Nausheen Arnold, and our Community Christmas Tree was organised by Posey Furnish. A massive thank-you to all three of you. A lot of hard work went into making this happen.

Our Community Christmas Tree

Posey had organised a large team of local volunteers to help decorate and put the tree into place on the green. It was quite an effort this year, as she’d managed to order our biggest tree yet, at 18ft. Posey’s threatening something bigger for next year! Matt Martin from Ivy Gate, kindly always pays for the tree, whilst Fangorn Landscapes, provide the white picket fencing. Thank-you to all involved.

‘Switch-on’

After a tough 18 months it was good to be back on Plough Green surrounded by our lovely neighbours for the Christmas lights switch-on. And what an evening it was. The event was organised by Fiona and Nausheen, who’d spent hours making sure it would be a night to remember.
A big thumbs up to the Vibrant Ukes for their wonderful Christmas music. Song sheets were handed out to the crowd, who added their voices to the festive sing-along. The Deputy Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston, Councillor Self, gave a short uplifting speech and counted us down to the switch-on.

It was a heart warming evening

Local children decorated the tree with hand painted baubles. Our volunteers ran the Friends of Manor Park gazebo – which had a selfy-frame, all sort of treats, a lucky dip and a raffle (with many prizes provided by local businesses). Miller and Carter ran the ‘free’ food and drink stand, which had contributions from their restaurant, Hooky Street Café, Plough Bakers and Waitrose. We really couldn’t have run the event without the support of Miller and Carter. Many volunteers helped out on the evening. A massive thank-you. It was lovely seeing so many of the Old Malden community turn out. Our local businesses are very much part of that community, so a big thank-you to all those who supported the event with financial help, your products/services and your time.
  • Ivy Gate
  • Miller and Carter
  • TLM Carpentry
  • Hooky Street Coffee Co
  • Fangorn Landscapes
  • Penney Ash Electrical
  • W.A. Truelove & Son
  • Joanne Chandler’s Hair Salon
  • Plough Pharmacy
  • Cartridge Clinic
  • Glamma City
  • Crown Perfect
  • Plough Bakery
  • Prontaprint
  • Worcester Park Tiles
  • Jazz Barbers
  • Cottage Brew & Play
  • Meatheads
  • Bella Boutique
  • James Campbell Photography

Autumn Volunteer Morning

A big big thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who helped out at Manor Park. A lot was achieved. Paths were rejuvenated with woodchip (around the bird feeders and between Memorial Meadow (back space) and the rear sports pitch. We tidied up by the railway bridge. We raked cuttings off our wildflower meadow areas to help make them more friendly for wildflowers. We also crowned some trees in the Memorial Meadow. This prevents them from becoming bush-like and thus depriving the surrounding area of light, which reduces biodiversity. Thanks to Elliot Newton and Andrew Robinson for sorting out the equipment

The Plough Green Christmas Tree is back!

A massive thank-you to the volunteers that helped on a rather chilly Saturday morning the raising and decorating of the Plough Green Christmas tree.

And thanks to our financial supporters –  Matt Martin owner of Ivygate Estate Agents, Dental Sense,. Joanne Chandler, W A Truelove and Sons, The Cartridge Clinic, and the Plough Bakery.

Winter Volunteer Morning

Thank-you to all the volunteers who joined us today. We got a lot of work done. Clearing the remaining bramble from the new sightlines and wood chipping the path. And thank-you to those who were litter picking.

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