Autumn colour at Morden Hall Park
Crisp autumnal days are the perfect time to visit Morden Hall Park. The historic avenues are planted with limes and horse chestnuts and become a riot of colour crisscrossing the park as the weather changes.
With so much open space to roam, the former deer park is a breath of fresh air just metres away from Morden high street. Come for an autumn walk, bring the little ones for some autumn fun, or take a much-needed break from your work day.
Autumn colour at its best
Here at Morden Hall Park autumn is also a time for taking stock and keeping trees healthy and looking their best. The Parks and Gardens team conduct an annual tree survey at this time of year, while the leaves are still on the trees, to identify trees with problems. Once problems are identified, tree cutting can be planned in now that birds have finished nesting.
Stunning specimen trees
If you know where to look, there are some impressive individual trees to admire as their leaves turn gold in September and October.
Seek out the Gingko biloba and hornbeam in the rose garden, look out for an Acer cappadocicum on the left as you approach Phipps Bridge from the north end of the park and try spotting unusual swamp cypresses (Taxodium distichum), a deciduous conifer, on the white bridge lawn.
Autumn brings a new beauty to Morden Hall Park, when mists hang over the river and wetland on bright, chilly mornings. Head onto the boardwalk as the sun rises to discover delightful misty moments full of wetland wildlife.
In mid-September the Parks and Gardens team start draining the wetland to get it ready for cutting in October. As a man-made habitat the wetland has to be cut periodically to stop it gradually growing over and becoming woodland. It’s cut on a rotational basis, one section each year, to allow wetland animals to continue to live in the area. We’re looking for volunteers to help with wetland cutting, so if that sounds like something you would be interested in, get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Warm up and feel good
Morden Hall Park is open to everyone throughout the year for free. Our cafes and garden centre help us raise money to keep the park looking splendid. Every coffee you drink and gift you buy helps look after this lovely place.