FOSJP Gardening Team Report, Wed 11th July
A gardening team of 6 and Simon of SCC were mainly occupied in keeping plants alive in this long dry spell – watering, watering… where we could, along with tidying plants and paths, sometimes dodging the machine which was cutting the grass on the slopes.
Thanks to Bruce for the photos – especially the one of Mike making the most of a moment when he was by the zip wire guarding the hose, to stop people tripping on it. Gardening in a team is fun, and we enjoyed the final refreshing drink at the cafe – thank you to Friends of St James Park for this regular gift to us.
We were very saddened to learn that the bug hotel, which has lasted four years, had been burned, probably along with its inhabitants, and the nearby hedge had also been damaged. Nigel had made an attractive structure and we are thankful to him for the trouble he took.
Here’s how the Bug Hotel began, on 24th July 2014:
I have the makings to construct a ‘ Bug Hotel’ to encourage insects to stay and thrive in the Park.
2 small pallets, 2 ft wide, leant together at an angle, will form a triangle shape with the ground, roughly 3’6″ wide at the base and 3′ 6″ high.
I have accumulated wood, bricks, wire netting, bamboo, hessian- need broken roof tiles and more of the same, some straw or hay would be useful- I have also sorted out a way of securing the structure to the ground.
Yesterday spent a very sweaty day building the Bug Hotel, have moved it 3 feet away from the tree and have levelled site for a stronger ground fixing, it is now very secure. Didn’t quite have enough material to fill the structure, but will add more at later date. The St James’ Park ‘Hotel De Bug’ is open for business !