We were joined a bit later by Mayor Samantha, who helps us when mayoral duties allow, with baby Charlotte.
As October had been very mild with no frost, the nettles had not died back and we even found some Himalayan Balsam still in flower. It was hard work clearing patches to plant the bulbs but at least the ground was soft because of the recent rain. Fortunately the rain held off during the morning.
After the coffee break some of us turned our attention to planting the bulbs, though some further raking and pulling up of nettles needed to be done first. We planted crocuses around the memorial tree and wild flower bulbs in three patches we had cleared. These comprised wood anemones, wild garlic, English bluebells, fritillaries and wild daffodils. We hope that most of these will flower before the nettles grow up and smother everything again.
By the end of the session, we had collected several bags of litter and made the area much tidier and it was after 12.30 as we made our way back to the bridge.
|Ursula cutting back nettles|
|Kevin and Carolyn by the young trees|
|James, Samantha and baby Charlotte|
|planting around the memorial tree|
|Margaret planting wild flower bulbs|