In the hope that the weather forecast will be wrong again, and that tomorrow we will enjoy warmth and sunshine between the hours of 10 am and mid-day, we list the folowing tasks which we hope will be achievable.
Parson’s Bed – re-profiling
Maydencroft are scheduled to be on site with their mechanical digger to remove the weed suppressing membrane and then some of the top-soil from this bed to make it more level. We have discovered that the front brick edging, that we had believed to have been ‘robbed’ of bricks, is in fact at its original height and much lower than we thought. If the bed were left as it is then, after planting, the top soils and wood chip dressing would simply wash off.
Sarah will be in charge to supervise this levelling but volunteers will need to be on hand a) to help remove the membrane (and replace it later) and b) create tidy heaps of top soils. An extra wheelbarrow or two would be very helpful.
Perimeter Tree Tidying
Those volunteers not directly involved in the soil moving task, will need to find weeding and tidying up tasks which keep them clear of the mechanical digger which will be operating from the base of the dell.
There is a need to continue the work of clearing weeds from around the base of the tree whips which were planted earlier this year.
It might also be beneficial to continue the work of lopping and clearing brambles away from the Compositing heaps, as they continue to encroach.
Thursday 27th September – Team meeting
Those of you who have not yet responded to the Invitation to attend the Meeting at the Scouts Hut, Lockleys Drive, are asked to contact John at your earliest opportunity, as we have to anticipate numbers attending for catering purposes.
We would like to see a big turn-out of our ‘regulars’, so that we can hear all your views and opinions on the direction we are going in, and discuss our priorities with Ann and Chris from the Borough Council.
Thursday 18th October 2018 – Work Party
In anticipation that the re-profiling has been completed successfully, then Sarah will once again direct us in the planting needed for the Parson’s Bed. This is unlikely to be on the scale of the May 2018 Big Plant-Up of the Central Bed, as we understand from Sarah that her design will involve a fewer number of plants. We look forward to learning more in the next few weeks.
Saturday 6th October – Fernery Gardening Group
You probably all know that we regularly advertise in the Parish Magazine that this group meets on the morning of the 1st Saturday in each month.
Only once has a single individual actually turned up. It is very difficult to advertise ad hoc meetings, even though this does seem to provide the better way forward for us at the moment. But if we all agree that this is a worthwhile community gardening activity then we will need to encourage our friends and neighbours to join us, and this does mean advertising meeting dates.
Clearly this will be a subject for debate on the 27th September.