FOSJP Gardening Team Report, Wed 17th and Wed 24th October
Wed 17th Oct
Despite rain, 3 of us turned up last Wednesday – for the in-between Gardening team option – and spent a while active in the park. Paths were cleared of leaves, weeds were removed and a hawthorn whip was planted near the fence line. We were beaten by heavier rain but it was an encouraging start.
Wed 24th Oct
Superb weather graced an energetic Gardening team of 8. It was a very special Gardening Team session. Simon from the Council introduced another Nigel, who is taking on Simon’s mantle from 5th November. Warm welcome to Nigel and very best wishes to Simon as he moves his responsibilities to the Common and City Centre Parks.
Simon and Nigel kindly brought rhododendrons, which were planted in the central botanical walk.
Margaret brought some Golden Japenese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’) which was planted in the rose bed facing the field; and ferns and passion flower (passiflora) which were planted in the heritage frieze flower bed.
Seedling blackthorn bushes were also planted.
Leaves were cleared from the pathways and last year’s leaf litter was used for planting and spread on the borders. Tidying and weeding were done in between these activities.
We were very sad to hear that a spade belonging to one of our team members, which holds particularly strong sentimental value, was stolen from his wheelbarrow at the end of last session, during the tea session – especially as he had entrusted them to us when he left early.
On a happier note, Caroline, Nigel’s wife, had kindly baked a beautiful cake as a farewell and thank you to Simon for the great service and friendship he had rendered to the gardening team since replacing Stuart Davies. Frances Churchward and Marina joined us as Nigel presented Simon with the cake and a card.
Many thanks to Bruce for the photos taken during this session.
It is three weeks until the next formal Gardening Team session on 14th November, but informal Gardening Team sessions will continue, weather permitting, on Wednesdays 31st October and 7th November 1-3 pm.