The weather forecast was just about right, and before a sharp wind from the South blew up, a beautiful clear and crisp morning encouraged a large turnout of 19 volunteers.
Work Party No 1 – Local Nature Reserve – Leader Andrew Beattie
No work was undertaken on the Park Field as Chris James (WHBC Landscape & Ecology Officer) prioritised the work in the Clock Meadow, and this is where a group of 7 volunteers, led by Andrew, set to work.
The ‘Clock Meadow‘ is the name we have given to the newly managed area at the Public Footpath entrance to the SE corner of the Fernery Field, behind the Clock House Gardens development.
Worked picked up from last month and continued with more pruning, and the removal of elders and general scrub clearance.
Work Party No 2 – Fernery Garden – Leader Harry Ward
Harry and Alan, ably supervised by Ann, planted two more hollies on the North East perimeter.
The team raked up the leaf drop, and weeded the main flower beds.
Alan fixed more old branches in position on the North Bank to aid soil retention, and further covered the terram with a mix of soil and bark chippings. Jenny continued planting and weeding wild flowers..
After a well deserved elevenses break the team were able to look back on the dell, which is looking good despite the muddy conditions.
Ferns, bulbs and perennials are already recovering around the Fernery, and snow drops are beginning to show their heads on the South Bank.