THE WEATHER FORECAST (Long Range)
Light Rain and a moderate breeze
Xmas Task List
It is our intention not to do too much heavy work on this Special Xmas Work Party.
Jenny is bringing more cultivated wild flowers for planting on the North Chalk Slope, and Sarah has two small trees and a few plants to go in.
The priority will be to weed out ‘DFs’ on the North Chalk Slope where many are growing. (The dandelion family weeds are so-named and cover a range including Dandelions, Hawkweeds, Sowthistles, Hawk-beards or Hawkbits!
We will continue with the maintenance of all planted beds, but suspend clearing the nettle bed beyond the path at the North East corner until the next Working Party.
We will continue the task of collecting and preserving the leaf drop in the dell. I will not be able to bring my wheelbarrow and we will therefore need to form a small team of leaf gatherers.
Watering is unlikely to be required!
The Borough Council’s Licensed Ferreter visited the site two weeks ago with quite limited success, but many holes were discovered hidden in the bank at the far side of the North East nettle patch where we have started clearing.
The ferreter discovered too that the large rabbit/badger hole on the South East corner has been re-opened, (from the outside) and the WHBC now plans to direct Maydencroft to repair that hole once and for all.
The ferreter will be back, but probably not until the New Year, and after the hole has been repaired.
Whats App Communications
For further information about current activities, and notice of our occasional ad hoc meetings, please access the WhatsApp Fernery Gardening Group.
If you are not already a member of this Group, then please contact John Roper who is the WhatsApp Administrator.
XMAS MEETING ARRANGEMENTS
We will plan to break off from our tasks and enjoy refreshments from 11 am onwards.
Hillary and Sarah are kindly producing hot sausage rolls.
I will produce the annual Stollen cake, and between us we will produce hot mulled wine.
Sue will produce her special flapjack
Please bring nibbles, mince pies or any sweet things that take your fancy, to share among the team.
Bad Weather Plans
If the weather permits, we will erect the Pergola and our two tables.
If the weather is extreme, Harry has kindly offered his home in Roman Way, as a back-up location.
Ann and Chris will join us from 11 am onwards.
We offer our sincere best wishes and a Happy Christmas and (another) successful New Year to all the Friends of Danesbury Local Nature Reserve and Fernery who are unable to join us on Thursday.