Tree Walks

Warlingham Parish Council’s Tree Working Group, led by Councillor Grace Kempster, will host a series of short walks in August to promote our local ‘treescape’. These will include identifying the trees you pass every day and a special visit to the ancient yews of All Saints Churchyard. There will be stories and fun facts and everyone is welcome to participate – each walk will start and finish around The Green. Look out for further publicity nearer the time.

Annual Parish Meeting

Warlingham Parish Council held its Annual Parish Meeting on 13th May. This was the first meeting in three years and to make it less formal we invited some local Warlingham community groups to display stalls. These were the Warlingham Horticultural Society, The Parish News, CR6 magazine, Blanchman’s Farm Local Nature Reserve, Warlingham Christmas lights, Warlingham Events, the Crafters Market, Warlingham Remembrance, Warlingham Rugby Club as well as representatives from the Council’s Green Improvement Scheme Steering Committee and Tree and Library Working Groups.

As the newly appointed Chairman of Warlingham Parish Council, I opened the meeting before handing over to Surrey County Councillor Becky Rush who provided an update on both local and Surrey-wide issues. Then, Councillor Simon Morrow gave an insight into his duties as Chairman of Tandridge District Council over the last year. I would personally like to thank him for his outstanding work as Chairman of Tandridge District Council.

Whilst the meeting was a success, some residents suggested that we allow more time for a Question & Answer session. Therefore, we will reinstate this for next year’s Parish Meeting.

Support the expansion our Community Library and Hub by logging on to “your Fund Surrey” to register your support and comments.

Warlingham Community Library is to make a bid to SCC’s  “Your Fund Surrey” for funding to expand our community library.

The expansion is to consist of  a ground floor extension to the library building which will have a green sedum roof, improved access and appearance, better use of natural light and energy conservation, external seating and modernisation to create an exemplar library hub with diverse services for all.

This innovative extension encloses the existing access ramp transforming the access to all weather and welcoming. A useful buggy park behind the ramp provides a great space saver and the café area a light and airy space to sit and chat read, have a coffee and contemplate the hedge enclosed reading garden. Doors open up to this space so in good weather the reading garden becomes a wonderful outdoor extension of the library and community hub.

The extension transforms the library offer enabling phase two  – a larger area for children and families with new carpet, flooring, furniture and shelving and a sound proofed private meeting room.

To be successful we need the support of the wider community.  Whether you are an existing library user or not, this proposal will enable the library to offer a wide range of services to the community.

Please visit SCC’s “Your Fund Surrey” website to register your support – every comment counts!

Go to:
https://yourfundsurreymap.commonplace.is/comments
type in the library postcode CR6 9NF
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Warlingham Parish Council

Warlingham Parish Council (made up of 11 elected volunteers plus our parish clerk) works hard all year to ensure that Warlingham, the Green and the surrounding areas are maintained, nurtured and protected and kept looking attractive so that it continues to be the wonderful place to live for us all.

Activity over the last year includes, but is not limited to:

  • Statutory consultees for Tandridge planning applications in Warlingham
  • Running and promoting our community library with Surrey through new initiatives
  • The Green re-development scheme
  • Installing mobile VAS (Vehicle Activated Signs)
  • Maintaining and refreshing the hanging baskets around the green and the planters outside the Co-op
  • Litter picking
  • Maintenance and tree planting on the common land near Sainsbury’s, as well as installing bunds to protect the common land from incursion
  • Match funding to have two churned up corners in Crewes Close widened
  • Supporting the Christmas lights
  • Custodianship and maintenance of the war memorial
  • Remembrance Day parade
  • Distribute grants to local organisations through our annual grant scheme

At the January meeting, all members of the council voted unanimously on the precept to ensure we are able to continue to fund current and new projects to keep our ever growing community a lovely place to be.  The result of this is an additional £2.69 per annum on a Band D property.  Warlingham parish remains one of the cheapest cost per household in Tandridge and we believe represents good value for money.

This year we will:

  • Continue with all the above
  • Maintain and develop new projects on the common land. These involve tree management and planting, grass cutting, repairs following vandalism, as well as unscheduled tree work (mainly due to ash dieback), hedge work, signage, and fences
  • Support the library further with new marketing initiatives to increase community value and usage. We will also explore opportunities to create a ‘community hub’ at the library, bringing together a range of local services in one place.
  • Develop a local nature action plan
  • Implement playground and parks improvements – this could possibly include the installation of an outdoor gym somewhere central
  • Initiate and support more local highways improvements

Warlingham Parish council meetings take place at 7.30 pm in Warlingham Library, Shelton Avenue, usually on the first Wednesday of the month, excluding August.  Please come along to a meeting if you have any issues you wish to raise with the council or just to meet the councillors and see how we work.  Our meetings are just the formal part – much work goes on in between the meetings.

If you need to contact the parish council at other times, please in the first instance contact the clerk at clerk@warlingham-pc.gov.uk.  You can also find out about your councillors and current projects at  https://warlingham-pc.gov.uk or see our  Facebook Page

Surrey Hills AONB Boundary Review

The following sites have been submitted by Warlingham Parish Council to the Boundary Review as nominations for extensions to the currently designated AONB boundaries.  Our sincere thanks to local resident Lisa Dunning for her considerable contribution.

A selection of photographs of the nominated areas can be seen in the galleries section of this web site.

CREWES VALLEY AND WOOD

Continuing the ancient woodland of adjacent Kings Wood without pause, with tranquil views across the valley from footpath and Crewes Lane trackways, this area is strongly featured in Warlingham Countryside Walks (July 2011) and is the extensive breathing space between Limpsfield Road B269 and Old Farleigh and Farleigh Roads. Fanning out from All Saints Church, dating from 13th century with its 200+ trees including 2 ancient yews [2,400 and 800 years old respectively] and five rare Japanese cedars, this area defines the East of Warlingham with its distinctive tree-rich wild and quiet spaces, frequented by walkers.
It is both a connective space between the ancient woodlands of Kings Wood and Little Park and Great Park Woods of Chelsham and Farleigh with its own ancient church of St Mary the Virgin [1080], and a wild place with peace and birdsong and the odd sighting of roe deer.
Walkers often pause for photographs of the tranquil view and soundscape from the chalk and flint rich paths that cross the curved valley bottom. An open valley with strong light, it attracts skylarks and is part of the territory of red kites, buzzards and kestrels often seen quartering and hunting. An aesthetic combination of open valley, wooded edges, old hedgerows including trees make this a long- valued area [named after John de Cruys, 1241] and a well-used walking area. There are few signs of habitation, just a barn and glimpses of valleyside individual housing, blending in with their flint walls through trees and a peace and quiet at all times with a sense of great distance from habitation.
This valley was walked by the renowned ‘Walker Miles’ [Edmund Seyfang Taylor 1853-1908] who documented this ramble in his writings as ‘the lowland Wainwright’.

KENNEL FARM/ GREENHILL GRASSLANDS

This mound of green with nesting skylarks provides a green horizon for local people. The big sky above this open space is used by hang gliders and the adjacent Lane and road of Sunny Bank was the home of local naturalist Arthur Beadall [1872-1957] a self-taught labouring man who wrote ‘Nature Notes of Warlingham and Chelsham’ in 1931. The area looks across to local landmarks including the preserved water and clock tower of Warlingham Park psychiatirc hospital, now a parkland rich Great Park estate, and to the wooded areas of Chelsham. Once on this flint footpath crossed area, the big sky with red kites and skylarks provides a sense of being open and expansive. The feeling is of being on a hilltop, even, as one child described, a coastal cliff with just huge sky everywhere. Skylarks do nest in the scrubby grassland and the boundary lane provides a bird rich stroll with abundant insect life in the long established and often smoking manure and compost heaps at the Chelsham Road end. The other edge is an often muddy footway with noisy birdlife in the hedgerow and an unbroken continuation into Daniels Lane and oak dominated Little Park and Great Park Woods.

COMMON LAND

Though spanning the B269 Limpsfield Road on the southern exit from Warlingham, this area provides essential connective wildness, a place that immediately signals to those exiting the village ‘countryside’. A tree rich grassland with significant treescape, it connects the wildnesses of wooded Chelsham with the lesser known wooded upper reaches of Halliloo Valley. Rogers Lane and High Lane provide immediate peace with a bird rich setting. Bridle paths edge this area. Warlingham Parish Council provide benches for rest and in November 2021, a Queen’s Jubilee copse of 33 wild cherry, silver birch and rowan saplings, to offset the removal of 5 roadside ash. The copse-side meadow to the north of High Lane was unmown in 2021, creating an immediate wildflower grassland rich in pollinators. The trees in the established copse naturally fall and provide essential deadwood habitat. It has an immediate sense of wildness, left to nature, with circles of leaf fall on grassland providing the best of mulch.
This area is the most direct continuation of the Surrey Hills, an ancient trackway with toll house, it formed the droving route for cattle to the market of south Croydon until 1931.
The area has significant treescape including poplar and oak. The Spaghetti Tree celebrates the landmark horse chestnut in front of this long established junction-located hostelry and the garden al fresco experience provides a distinctive dining destination nestled in a surround of common land trees.
The wooded areas at the top of High Lane provide a lesser known treescape, leading down and alongside the Halliloo Valley of Woldingham where woodpeckers are frequently heard. The natural terrain of owls, this is a quietly left area of natural beauty and significance.

BUTTERFLY WALK

An essential steep sided area, this wooded track and environs runs above Bug Hill connecting the Halliloo Valley with Blanchmans Farm Nature Reserve and is directly adjacent to the existing Surrey Hills AONB. In January 2022, wildlife experts confirm the highly likely presence of dormice in the Blanchman’s Farm Nature Reserve and this area is certainly the wooded hedge-rich wild corridor that could provide safe passage for this and other rare mammals. Featured in Warlingham Countryside Walks [July 2011], the sometimes dense and steep sided area provides varying areas of light and dark, perfect for woodland butterflies, hence the change of name from Clayton Road, and a strong sense of being left to nature. Bug Hill is a little used connective lane to the Woldingham valley and the woods provide exposed chalk and flint habitat from upturned trees left after the great storm of 1987. A recent walk identified the presence of Iris foetidissima [or stinking iris] . Located over the valley, the walk provides an appealing pattern of landscape and scenic views across the Surrey Hills.
This area has long been notable. Local landscape artist Charles Langton Lockton [1836-1932] commemorated for example, views of the nearby Tydcombe farmscape and there are many references to the hillside flora in Arthur Beadall’s ‘Nature Notes in Warlingham and Chelsham’, 1931.

BLANCHMANS FARM NATURE RESERVE

Blanchman’s Farm Local Nature Reserve is a natural green oasis in the heart of Warlingham village.
The Nature Reserve is a haven of different habitats for native plants and animals. There are two summer meadows [one named after Arthur Beadall], a pond, a central wooded area, hazel coppice, a newly planted orchard and fruit-rich hedgerows. It was established in 1991 and the site gained official Local Nature Reserve status in 2006 and operates with a significant cohort of local volunteers to a Management Plan which develops and enhances the site in specific ways including the planting of fruit trees, hedge and boundary refurbishment, pond clearance and coppicing. Management is overseen by the Blanchman’s Farm Management Committee and the Downlands Countryside Management Project.
Now well established with dragonflies and excellent waters edge habitat, the pond also references the distinctive cultural heritage feature of Warlingham being a place rich in ponds for drovers and their cattle, a natural resting place. Now only Willy Pit Pond at the top of Bug Hill and adjacent to School Common remains from that era.
A frequently used area with several entrances, the recent identification [January 2022] of highly probable dormice presence is a tribute to the careful husbandry of the last 16 years. There is a locally iconic ‘Fairy Tree’ where children place items in the cavity of the tall oak stump and woodpeckers nest in a higher natural bole. Planting of wildflower patches with yellow rattle and the careful creation of a butterfly corridor are among recent works and events include bug hunts for children [August 2021] .

This provides more than an oasis of calm with red kite and buzzard circling the fields and fox dens on the wide bramble rich edges, it is also the natural boundary of an area directly linking to the dense steep woods of Butterfly Walk off Bug Hill and on to the Halliloo valley and Surrey Hills. As the Management Plan 2020-25 states ‘The site forms an important finger of linked countryside into the heart of Warlingham from the Halliloo valley’ .

Warlingham Community Library

40 visitors each day … these are the early results of a library survey which took place in March at our community library. People come in to borrow books and so much more – from using the copier, free use of wi-fi, rhyme times, community art fun, knit and natter, and the list goes on. The digital signage in the window celebrates all that is inside; the Open today banner signals the open days (currently Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays). An invitation to come in and make the most of your community library and hub has gone out to every household in the Parish this March. “So many people don’t know about the digital offer too, from e-books, newspapers and magazines and the Which? Magazine” says Cllr Keith Prew who co-chairs the newly formed working group to promote the library and drive forward a refurbishment and enhancement of this community asset. The library is free, warm and friendly with amazingly knowledgeable volunteers – if you’ve not popped in recently you need to come and see for yourself all that is on offer.

My favourite tree is………..

We know that trees mean a lot to people in Warlingham from our iconic circle of limes on the Green to individual favourites. In order to celebrate this connection, the Parish Council invites you to submit a digital photo of you/your family beside your favourite with a brief description of why it matters to you. We do expect photos and stories to come in throughout the year as you find the best time of year, and it can include both individual and groups of trees across the parish. We will put them up on the parish council website and you can see the first entry already –a resident with the oldest tree in Warlingham – to inspire you. Please send to clerk@warlingham-pc.gov.uk.

Our first favourite tree was sent in by:

Miss Marion Havard, lead for the All Saints Churchyard Volunteers.

“My favourite tree is the ancient yew tree in All Saint’s churchyard. In 1998, Robert Hardy and David Bellamy [both members of The Yew Tree Campaign of The Conservation Foundation] signed a certification that this tree was 2,400 years old. It is therefore clear that the tree was already 402 years old when Christ was born and was 1,652 years old when All Saints Church was built in 1250AD. It is the fifth oldest tree in Surrey and has a Tree Preservation Order [TPO] on it.

Many churches have yew trees in their churchyards. Possible reasons may be:

– Pagans regarded the tree as a symbol of fertility and danced naked around it
– Yew wood was used to make long bows and harps [a mixture of war and peace]
– Vikings used yew wood nails in their shipbuilding, and
– King Edward I [1272-1307] decreed that yew trees should be planted in churchyards to ensure a plentiful supply of wood for longbows.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ash Dieback

With permission from the Tree Council, WPC have produced this brief guide to this  widespread disease.  Free hard copies are available from the community library and pdf downloads from this site Ash dieback the facts  and other sites.

At a recent update seminar attended by over 100 Tree Officers, it is now clear that

  • Resistance to the disease is nearer but not yet – NO trees on the market are resistant
  • The disease can oscillate with trees severely affected one year and not the next.  So only after a three year monitoring should bad trees be felled
  • The problem is far worse in forest environments than urban or landscape settings
  • Pruning or pollarding are options
  • Inspect annually June-Sept with a  simple ‘ok/affected/bad’ assessment’
  • Most ash trees can recover from one year of obvious crown dieback symptoms
  • Trees in hedgerows are a particular UK problem.

Parish Council Grants

Every Autumn the Parish Council awards grants to organisations working to improve Warlingham’s environment, facilities, economy, security, and community. This year, we have funded:

Warlingham Churchyard, All Saints Church – contribution towards maintenance of public open space/habitat

Caterham and Warlingham Citizens Advice Bureau – for the development of the debt advisory service

Warlingham Events – towards the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee event

Christmas Lights – joint funding with the Christmas Lights Committee for new lights and replacements

Church Hall – contribution towards replacement heating system

Surrey Local Heritage List Project

Warlingham Parish Council is compiling a list of local heritage assets for Warlingham that will be submitted to Surrey County Council as nominations for inclusion in the Local Heritage List Project.

Once adopted, the lists will be used to inform the planning process and guide future decisions around the use and custodianship of local heritage assets. The information captured as part of this project will also be added to the Surrey Historic Environment Record (HER) managed and maintained by Surrey County Council.

Warlingham already has heritage assets protected by other heritage designations, such as Heritage England listed buildings. These assets are not eligible for consideration as local heritage assets and therefore do not need to be nominated because part of the Surrey project will be to review any asset on an existing local list.

More information on Surrey’s Local Heritage List Project can be found on Surrey County Council’s website:
https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/land-planning-and-development/historical-planning/listproject