Weather Forecast (Long Range)
Sunny intervals and a moderate breeze and warm.
Depending on the number of volunteers and qualified leaders who turnout, we will aim to operate two separate work parties. We will all meet at The Fernery for initial briefings and to allocate of tasks and issue tools.
Leaders will be on site from 9.30 am to open the shed and select the tools that will be needed. It would help if volunteers could arrive earlier than 10 am and make their work preferences clear (i.e. scrub bashing or gardening) so that we can all make a prompt start.
Nature Reserve Work Party
We will continue the work of clearing the ancient track (Ghylls Hill) on the Park Field.
Fernery Garden Work Party
Wild Flower Beds
Jenny is bringing some more wild flower plugs for planting. The Wild Flower beds will need further wiring, and pegging and Harry and Alan will be helping.
A major task will be to continue the work started last year to clear the nettles on the North East Bank, in preparation for more fern planting.
Without a doubt we will need to water the principal trees that were planted last month and marked by Sarah, and as many others as possible. And we will need to make arrangements to establish a watering roster which worked so effectively last year.
Feed to the Dropping Well
Harry and Alan will cut a shallow channel on the South Path that will hide a mains water hose feed to the Cistern and Dropping Well. They will set up a tap and hose connection so that we can easily and safely simulate a water drop when we have visitors.
Another task for consideration will be to lift the daffodils on the South Bank if it is practical. They were planted in November 2016 and we can either store them or re-plant them elsewhere on the site.
The reason is that in May 2019 it is planned that Maydencroft will bring their digger in to excavate this slope and uncover the Parsons planting beds, and steps, believed to be hidden there.
The Detectorists Cathy and Mike are planning to visit us again on Thursday, to continue their task of scanning the area around the Fernery with their metal detecting equipment. Andrew will supervise their work.
How to Find Us
If you have not visited us before you will be made very welcome. Please read the directions to find us.
Bring a hot drink and refreshments with you, and wear strong boots or shoes and good quality gardening gloves.
On arrival you will need to Register with us before you start work – for (WHBC) Insurance purposes.