The large pond that lies to the north of Somerville Drive (sometimes known as Grattons Pond) is a Site of Nature Conservation Importance. It has a mixture of marginal and aquatic vegetation with a fringe of native and exotic trees and shrubs, a wooded island and a rocky island. There are dense areas of bramble on the eastern pond bank, which help to protect the fringe of marginal vegetation. This marginal vegetation includes common reedmace, yellow flag, purple loosestrife, willow and alder.
Beyond the pond is an area of wet woodland recently cleared of the invasive Rhododendron ponticum, this plant had dominated much of the area, cutting out light and smothering the native woodland flora. Tree species include ash, alder, sweet chestnut, elder, field maple, hazel, blackthorn and holly. The ground flora is beginning to regenerate, and includes enchanter’s nightshade, foxglove, cow parsley and ivy.
The strip of trees adjacent to the football pitch includes birch, hornbeam, oak, larch and alder. The unmown area of grass beneath these trees contains numerous common wildflowers and grasses.
The formal gardens have a varied structure of mature trees, shrubs, grassland and standing dead wood. These habitats are valuable for a range of invertebrates and breeding birds, and provide good foraging habitat for bats.
Combine your visit with the Grattons Park and Worth Way walk .
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Worth Park can be accessed from Worth Park Avenue and Grattons Drive, Pound Hill.
Ordnance Survey grid reference: TQ 295380.
Nearest bus stop: Sommerville Drive, route 4 and 5.
Neighbourhood: Pound Hill
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