Weeding and Nettle Control
On a warm and sunny day the team continued weeding the planting beds.
We still hope to get the Borough Council to undertake some nettle spraying in non planting-bed areas, but in In antithe planting beds nettles have to be hand weeded.
In anticipation of the Digger lifting the top off the large Tufa bed in the centre of the dell, we dug out as many of the daffodils as possible and re-planted them on the South border of the Entrance where they should now remain undisturbed.
Whips and Shrub – Perimeter management
We continued clearing around all the whips and shrubs planted in February, to allow them to grow unimpeded by weeds.
Removal of dumped tufa rock had been scheduled as a task for the Maydencroft Digger, but following careful sorting we decided that all the stones would remain on site, the majority of which will be used to drop in at the edges of planting beds around the site.
Visitors- Puddingstone Group – 20th July 2018
Arising directly from last week’s visit from the Hertfordshire Gardens Trust we had four visitors from a Puddingstone group. (Their report is published separately as The Puddingstone Club.).
With the Group’s help we discovered that we have a larger ratio of puddingstones to Tufa and conglomerates than we had previously thought.
We successfully extracted three very complete original fence panels from close to the badger set, for installing in more prominent positions later.
Mains Water Supply
An effort to turn on the water supply failed once again, and renewed efforts will now be made to get Maydencroft to reveal their stop cock location and help us resolve the problem.
(Ed: This was resolved on Wednesday 25th April 2018. The hose reel is installed and a Watering Roster needs to be drawn up)
Fernery Gardening Group
Over Elevenses of coffee and flapjacks, several volunteers expressed a willingness to attend on a more frequent basis. Plans will therefore be drawn up for a Gardening Group to be established that will allow volunteers to make discreet arrangements to meet up for gardening work. For Insurance purposes it will be necessary to let the Borough Council know in advance when each such activity is planned.
If you would like to be included in the Fernery Gardening Group and will agree to share your contact details with like minded members, then please confirm to
Dates of Next Working Party Meetings
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