Winter walks at Morden Hall Park
Discover frosty mornings on the wetland boardwalk and brisk walks in the wide open spaces of the South Park rounded off with steaming coffee in the café and a relaxed visit to the garden centre.
Winter is a great time to enjoy the open spaces offered by Morden Hall Park, when there are no leaves to obscure the views from the avenues. Walk out into the South Park across the white bridge and return along the river from the Surrey Arms entrance through the rose garden. The arboretum at the far end of the rose garden is home to our early snowdrops, so watch out from mid to late January for their blooms.
If you are an early bird, head down to meet the wildlife in our wetland. Frosty, misty mornings in the wetland are peaceful and full of beauty and the perfect antidote to a busy day in south London.
At Morden Hall Park we are lucky enough to have some rather special winter visitors. Our resident birds are joined by little egret and snipe in winter, which make the wetland a good destination for winter bird watching. Tread quietly and the boardwalk allows you to get really close to the birds.
The winter months are our opportunity to do some essential wetland maintenance. Having partially drained the area in autumn to allow access to our staff and volunteers, we cut back sections of the wetland vegetation each year on a rotational basis. This cut ensures that the wetland won’t gradually turn into woodland and make our wetland wildlife homeless.
One of the most beautiful aspects of Morden Hall Park is the sheer number of trees. Head in any direction you like to discover magificent specimen trees and pockets of woodland. Looking after these trees is a year-round task, so in winter our tree inspections continue and coppicing and other tree work can begin.
Coppicing is a traditional way of managing woodland, which allows trees to retain their youthful vigour as well as providing us with wood for use in the park. With this method, young tree stems are regularly cut back to the ground and the wood harvested. We have used coppiced wood as beanpoles to support plants in the rose garden and larger pieces for restoration of the river bank.
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To make sure the flowers look their best in summer, our volunteer gardening teams are hard at work in the rose garden and along our flower borders in the winter months, cutting back herbaceous plants and pruning roses. If you are interested in joining our volunteer team, 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.