Biodiversity and Trees

A visitor may think that the Common consists of just grass and trees, but the following is a list of ground plants found & identified during a walk by London Wildlife Trust, in February 2004:

  • Perennial Rye grass
  • Annual Meadow grass
  • Cockfoot grass
  • False Oat Grass
  • Hoary Cress
  • Shepherd’s Purse
  • Dandelion
  • Mallow
  • Chickweed
  • Daisy
  • Stinging Nettle
  • Broad leaved Dock
  • Cow Parsley
  • Yarrow
  • Speedwell
  • Canadian Fleabane
  • Plantain – narrow leaved & broad leaved
  • Groundsel
  • Dovesfoot Cranesbill
  • Sow Thistle
  • Spear Thistle
  • Bluebell
  • Creeping Clover
  • Clover
  • Elder
  • Ground Ivy
  • Annual Mercury
  • Feverfew
  • Green Alkanet

This list can be added to, if you recognise anything new contact us

FRUIT TREE ORCHARD

The Common also features a 15 tree fruit orchard, planted on Well Street Common on January 8th 2011. Situated between the Groombridge Road gardens and Meynell Crescent, the trees have all been sponsored by local residents & Orchard School.

Orchard trees

  1. Mulberry –Morus Nigra  x 2
  2. Mulberry –   “
  3. Dessert apple – Discovery
  4. Desert Apple - Beauty of Bath –Malus Domestica
  5. Bramley Apple –culinary
  6. Cox Apple - Malus Domestica
  7. Greengage – Cambridge
  8.  Opal Plum
  9.  Damson Plum
  10. Quince Vranja – Cydonia oblonga
  11. Medlar – Mespilus Germanica
  12. Williams Pear –Bon Cretian
  13. Moorpark Apricot –Prunus Armanica
  14. Crabapple - Malus Hupehensis
  15. Cherry Sunburst  -Prunus Aviam

Orchard tree sponsors:

  • Pauline Abbie
  • Rebecca Mc Dowell & family
  • Orchard Primary School
  • Sandy  Bowers
  • Laurie Elks & June Harben
  • Genevieve Larkin & John Lyons
  • Penny Wrout
  • Laypeng Lim
  • Michelle Levoguer
  • Mal Reding & family
  • James Sandoval & family
  • John & Susie Godley
  • Michael & Lana Wrightman
  • Madeleine Waller & David Model
  • Samantha Bond & family
  • Christine Chaffin
  • Stephanie Brann
  • Joanna Moore & family
  • Ben Matthews & residents of Poole rd

Planting helpers

  • Maggie Jones, Mac & Dexter and Alex
  • Colin
  • Children from Orchard School
  • Niul Dillon Hatcher
  • Joanna Moore & Harriet
  • Lucy, Steve & Calvert
  • Barbara
  • June & Laurie
  • Susie & John
  • Mary
  • Lana
  • Mc Dowell family
  • Cllr Chris Kennedy
  • Cllr Daniel Kemp
  • Caroline
  • Andy -Parks Chargehand
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TREES PLANTED IN MARCH 2012

A selection of trees from the Hackney Tree Nursery were planted by WSCUG members with the help of Russell Miller of the Tree Musketeers as follows:

  • 3 Black Poplars
  • 1 Walnut
  • 2 Oaks –saplings cleared from the Olympic site
  • 4 Spruce

WANT TO HELP US?

FungiMushrooms and other Fungii appear regularly – is there an expert out there who would like to help identify them?

It would also be interesting to name & list all the shrubs and trees, and all the types of birds and other animals that are found on the Common. Knowledge of the current animal and plant life enables us to encourage conditions necessary for their ongoing success.