20 May 2017

The Saturday morning working party was, once again, a very productive affair. Colin Moat had very kindly donated 3 trays of beautiful plants earlier in the week,  all very suitable for the garden, they ranged from bulbs, grasses, perennials and even a small tree.

There is chipped bark over all the flat areas of the garden which retains water and reduces weed growth substantially. Sadly we can’t spread chipped bark on the banks that surround two sides of the garden, and so for the first year or two there will be plenty of weeding to do in those areas. Slowly but surely the ground cover plants will start to dominate, and consequently maintenance will gradually reduce.

When I visited the garden a few days after our working party I was bowled over by the central bed – the long narrow island in the middle of the car park, which was a flood of bright red poppies. Our new Flanders poppies are a bit behind as they were planted in the spring, however after thinning them out they will soon start to flower.

Also, happily, the first roses are in bloom. There are so many varieties, with new ones coming along every year, so it was not an easy task to choose a type for the new garden. The roses need to be disease resistant and repeat flowering, but I also wanted them to be scarlet red, and of particular heights. I talked to the technical departments of David Austin, Peter Beale and Rumwood Nursery for help in choosing a matching set. The first, named Evelyn Fision, is the perfect shade of red and I am crossing my fingers that the remaining roses will match her.

Jane Jewitt

17 June 2017

Last night, while watching Gardeners World celebrate their 50th anniversary it got me thinking about our new garden at the Memorial Hall.

And I wondered what it will look like in 50 years? The trees will be mature and glorious and will provide privacy and shade. There will be birds and animals living in the woodland area. The new young shrubs will also have grown; some will have been replaced, but I am certian that some will still be there. Oh, and garden fashions will have no doubt changed by then. One wonders what the “must have” plant will be, come 2067?

But back to the present. We have a beautiful new garden, in the early stages of development. It will be another two years before it shows reasonable maturity, but already there is plenty of colour and interest.  As the season progresses new blooms will appear and the colours will change as one plant takes over from another.

We have received a huge amount of positive feedback and praise – for which we are most grateful and which makes all our hard work worthwhile.

But gardens need to be tended and loved. It has long been proved that being in green spaces is beneficial to your health and well-being. Tending plants is, likewise, both therapeutic and restorative.

So, you guessed it!

I am on a quest to find out if you can spare some time tending our lovely new garden. Right now, we are organising working parties once a month on a Saturday morning. It’s also a fun social occasion, and a chance to make new friends from the village. As some of our helpers find Saturday morning doesn’t always suit, they often pop down for an hour or so during the week. It’s all very flexible and fun and we would love to welcome anyone who wants to lend a hand.

Jane Jewitt