Spring at Morden Hall Park
Enjoy bright sunny days wandering along the wetland boardwalk and the wide open spaces of the South Park rounded off with a tasty coffee and a relaxed visit to the garden centre. Families can take themselves off on an new self-led outdoor trail: Little Ranger, Big Missions!
Escape outdoors for a refreshing walk through the park with the family, enjoying the warmer days. Stop by our cafe for takeaway drinks and snacks and browse through the Garden Centre, planning your summer garden.
Little Ranger, Big Missions
From Saturday 20 March you can have a go at our Little Ranger, Big Missions spring trail on your way around Morden Hall Park. Take the challenge and discover more about the life and the adventures of a ranger with our self-led outdoor family trail!
Pick up the trail from the Information Point, open everyday from 10am to 3pm. £3 per trail (card only payment)
And you can have a go at our Little Ranger, Big Missions home activities here! Make your very own Stick Ranger or try our ranger themed wordsearch.
We hope that you enjoyed the Little Ranger Spring Trail and would welcome your feedback. Fill out our quick survey here and your feedback will help us shape future events.
Walk the Wandle trail
The park sits in the middle of the 14-mile (20km) Wandle Trail which follows the route of the River Wandle from Croydon to Wandsworth. There are both walking and cycling routes which allow you to enjoy the heritage, flora and fauna of this typical chalk stream.
Help us look after this special place
You can help us look after this historic park and its wildlife by resisting the temptation to pick spring flowers, feeding birds frozen peas instead of bread and staying to the paths where possible.
Wildlife and blossom
We’ll be bidding the egret and greenshank goodbye and saying hello to swifts and swallows in the coming weeks. Our resident birds are nesting in the park, including the herons on the island at the far end of the rose garden. The Morden peregrines have their first brood in late spring – it’s fun to watch them hunting round the park.
Our avenues become a sweep of brilliant white as the horse chestnut trees put out their flower spikes in mid to late May and the tramline looks spectacular lined with hawthorn and blackthorn blossom.
We’ve been busy clearing scrub to let in the light and create a bluebell walk along our boundary with the tramline. Pockets of bluebells already nestle among the trees and we’re looking forward to seeing them develop into drifts over the coming years.
Giving nature a helping hand
You’ll see teams of volunteers and staff removing Himalayan balsam and pennywort to support the biodiversity of the wetland and river habitats on a Monday and Wednesday throughout spring and summer.
We also clear path edges to make sure you can walk along them with ease and with the added benefit that wildflowers, providing food for butterflies, thrive in the shorter grass. Longer grass offers shelter to field voles and water shrews so it’s important to keep a mix.
To allow fish to breed in peace in Morden Hall Park we enforce the traditional closed season for coarse fishing from 15 March to 15 June inclusive.