Nature matters: Park is being improved through winter

PUBLISHED: 08:00 16 December 2018

City of London

Throughout this autumn and winter, the south meadow area of West Ham Park, which is managed by the City of London Corporation, is being re-landscaped with funding from the GLA’s Community Grant Scheme.

The new design involves the planting of eight new trees, 30 multi stemmed shrubs and a further 1,250 lower growing shrubs.

The new plants will provide a food source for wildlife and enhance biodiversity in the park, whilst increasing the boundary planting between the park and the busy main road.

The new trees will increase the park’s canopy cover and contribute towards London’s urban tree forest.

This adds to the overall contribution made by the capital’s trees to the reduction of pollution.

As they mature, the trees will contribute to storing 2.4 million tons of carbon with the rest of trees in London currently.

They will also help to intercept rainfall and prevent 31.2 million cubic metres of water from entering the drainage system, reducing the risk of flooding and water pollution on a localised level.

National Tree week, the UK largest celebration of trees took place last week.

It was wonderful to see our staff, the local community and volunteers involved in a planting day to help with the completion of the south meadow project.

Their hard work is contributing to a greener landscape for London.

In the spring, more herbaceous plants and bulbs will be added to the area to provide flowering plants throughout the season.

The Friends of West Ham Park are very active throughout the year delivering many interesting and exciting walks and talks in the park.

The ever-popular bird watching talk and observation takes place on January 19 and 20 at 10.30am, a warm up to the RSPB Bird watch weekend.

We also have two star gazing evenings planned for January 10 and February 8, both starting at 7pm, where you can learn about the constellations and hopefully see some shining stars in the night sky.

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