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October: A successful and enjoyable work party at Jubilee Green this morning. We achieved even more that we had set out to do! We scythed the 'flat' area at the northern end in front of the bench, and the whole of the bank to the north of the weeping lime tree. Plus a swathe of the bank on the southern side. We also scarified the 'flat' area, where we sowed yellow rattle, and also sowed yellow rattle in any bare patches of soil on the southern bank. And finally, we scythed around all of the trees and shrubs. And top marks to Nick for turning up at 7.00 a.m. and scything in the dark! To round things off, the whole event was punctuated by an extremely welcome cup of tea and coffee, plus an excellent Leakers croissant supplied by Jill.
Thank you very much to everyone who turned up to help at Jubilee Green this evening. We did a good job in clearing the grass and weeds from around all nine fruit trees. And we finished off by tidying the grass around our Jubilee Oak. It is amazing how one hours worth of work can make so much difference to the appearance of a great community asset.
Hopefully some time this Autumn we'll be arranging a yellow rattle seed sowing session (that should involve some scything), and that the tree stumps at the north end of the site will be removed so we can plant our native shrubs to make the area even more attractive. Paul Arthur and Gill Massey
31st July - scything at 7.00 a.m.!
June Work party - and large ants' nest discovered!
Melcombe Russet and Hawthorn tree: photos - Sheila Hawkins
A dozen people, BCOG volunteers and Park Road residents, turned up for today's working party on a glorious sunny morning.
• The area that had been sown with yellow rattle seed back in October was scythed, and all the grass cuttings removed (we are trying to encourage the soil to be less fertile as this favours many wild flowers)
• We weeded around all of the fruit tress and oak tree
• We put a new label on the recently planted Melcombe Russet apple tree
• We planted a number of plugs of wild flowers (Birds Foot Trefoil, Wild Marjoram, Bittercress, Sorrel, Meadow Cranesbill, Ox-eye Daisies)
• We dug up some dock plants
• We started a compost heap in the area that has recently been cleared of laurel
• We decided to wait until the stumps of the removed laurel have been taken out before we plant any native hedging plants
And we were lucky enough to see two Brimstone butterflies (well, most of us did anyway!). We also saw a Peacock and several Small Tortoiseshells. (Thanks to Paul Arthur for this report)
Sadly the apple tree The Stubbard has been damaged beyond saving. What remained of the tree has been dug out and the space filled with a new Melcombe Russet (a Dorset apple).
The Council has cleared the laurels (just the stumps remain, which will be removed once the ground has dried out sufficiently), then the plan to plant the whips donated by the Woodland Trust can be implemented.