Anyone coming through the gates of the church cannot help but notice how well the new grass on the right hand side is growing. It was with regret that the long bed Mary Downes had designed and planted over 30 years ago had to be abandoned. It could not be maintained last year while the roof work was being carried out and had completely overgrown as a result. The decision was made to grass it in as it would have been be too much work for the small group of gardeners to clear and maintain. Earlier in the summer, before the work began preparing the ground for the grass seed, some of the smaller plants in the bed were dug up and are being 'minded' and will be replanted in the autumn. Congratulations to the 'watering group' who kept the seed well watered until the hosepipe ban was introduced. The lovely grass we see now is as a result of a lot of work.
Elsewhere in the grounds work parties meet regularly and continue to maintain the garden. The most recent was in the middle of August when the group worked hard weeding, dead heading and clearing around the tablets. Please remember that cut flowers only should be placed on the tablets. We'll meet again sometime in September or October to prepare the garden for winter.
These work parties take place about five times a year and only last for a couple of hours on a Saturday morning with a break at half-time for a cuppa and chat. We'd always welcome new faces and stress that no gardening experience is necessary. So why not come along to the next one and see how you get on?
All our welcome to join us for some light weeding and pruning....and of course a cup of tea and a great chat;)
Saturday 18th August from 10:00 to 12:00.
Please come join us for our next general garden clean up. Saturday 30th June 10-12.
Please come and help us get our grounds ready for the upcoming Church Fete (May 26 in case you have not yet heard!). Even if you have never joined us before, please know that new faces are always welcome:)
The group met on a beautiful sunny morning for the first clean up of the season last Saturday, 24th March. Everyone got busy weeding, hoeing, chopping, clearing ivy, and enjoyed a cuppa and chat half way through the morning.
Most of the work took place in the Garden of Remembrance to have it looking as good as possible for any visitors over Easter. As well as the usual tidying of the flower beds and shrubs much of the time was spent cleaning around the memorial tablets. Please remind anyone visiting the garden that only fresh cut flowers are allowed on the tablets. Containers/pots are not permitted and will be removed, and if the plants are suitable they'll be planted into one of the flower beds.
Work on the other part of the garden, opposite the main door, has still to be tackled and we plan to start that at the next session. It will involve a lot of heavier work so more volunteers would be very much appreciated.
From 10-12. Please come along and help us clean up the garden.
Come join us for our Spring Clean up. Saturday 24th March 10.00am to 12.00pm. We look forward to seeing you there!
Well done one and all. We've had a good turnout all year and finished on a high note with about 19 of us on Saturday putting in a couple of hours work to have the garden looking at its best for the visit of the Archbishop yesterday. There was great activity up at the church in preparation. As well as the gardeners there were flower arrangers inside doing what they do well and builders up a cherry picker power hosing the roof.
We plan to have the next work party in early March when major work has to be done on the long bed opposite the main door. Because of the roof repairs we have been unable to work there for most of the summer so a complete overhaul of that bed is planned.
So from Lorna and myself thank you all for giving up your time, and we look forward to seeing you again with your clippers and hoes in March 2018.
The Garden Gang will meet for a final clean-up on Saturday 18th November. This is the day before the Archbishop's visit, so all help appreciated. 10 am to noon, with a coffee break at 11ish!
Due to the work on the Church roof much of the garden could not be maintained as usual during the summer. A major garden work party is being organized for the morning of Saturday 14th October to do as much tidying as possible before the Harvest Thanksgiving the following day when we are joined by parishioners from neighboring churches. As many of the usual gardeners will be decorating the Church that morning this is a request to anyone who is free to come along and give a hand. We need as many people as possible, male and female, young and old. One of our regular gardeners is into his 90's and he contributes as much as the "youngsters"! No previous experience is necessary. Lorna will be on hand to allocate the jobs and instruct where necessary.
A few times a year we throw on our wellies, grab our secateurs and meet on a Saturday to tend to our lovely Garden of Remembrance, and the rest of the grounds around our Church. We are a pretty friendly bunch and hope to see you at our next clean-up.