The snowdrops have put on a good show again – but mainly at the car park end of the walk by the tennis courts.
We began to think that the Spring bulbs we planted were not going to put in an appearance this year – being put-off by the February snow and the cold March winds. But they have begun to reward our efforts.
First the crocuses stood up to be counted – we snapped these on the two fine days at the beginning of March before it went cold and then wet again.
They have really had a hard time of it in their first year – especially when the grey squirrels came hunting in the snow and pulled up more than we had hoped to loose in this way.
The daffodils planted last year are nearly in bloom, but the newly planted daf. bulbs are a lot more cautious and are some weeks behind them in pushing up flower heads.
Finally the Winter Aconites which were planted under the limes on the walk from the Sports Pavilion bast the tennis courts have started to show themselves – on 18th March we counted 13 flowers – lets hope the rest of the two hundred we planted join them soon.
Very soggy winter aconites under the lime trees.
Having planted all our Spring Bulbs in 2012 we decided to take some time out and wait for Spring before working on our hedgerows again.
Well here we are in mid-March and we are still waiting for Spring… (a bit of a contrast with last year when March was warm and welcoming). We have had one session on the Dellwood hedgerow in early March clearing, trimming and planting – but there is still work to be done in out last work session which will be on Wednesday 10th April 10.00 am - 1.00pm when we hope to be planting some more in-fill whips to complete the hedge.
Meanwhile we have renovated the dead hedging on the Holy Ghost Hedgerow and completed the section nearest to the Information Board.
I hope you agree that the 2 guys who did much of the work did a really good job on Saturday 16th March. We had a working session scheduled for Sunday 17th but the weather was very wet that morning and we had made such progress on the Saturday that we cancelled the session.
This weekend was our last working session of 2012.
We kept our fingers crossed for dry weather last weekend but Saturday 24th was wet and miserable. The Community Payback team were due to extend the dead hedging by the tennis courts and refurbish the existing stretch. They managed an hour’s work but then called it a day – without much impact on the dead hedging. This will now have to wait for the New Year.
On the Sunday it was drier. We still had 1250 crocus and 250 daffodils to plant – mainly round Cleveland Walk. Its a good job the Kempshott Scouts volunteered to give a helping hand – an enthusiastic team of 8 scouts and their leader set too at 10.15am and by 12.00 noon it was Job Done!
If you want a job done properly – ask the Scouts. We were hugely impressed by their team work. Thanks a lot, guys!
As we reach the end of the year we still have work to do on Dellwood Hedgerow – clearing up after the strimming, planting some plug plants and inserting some spring bulbs which have been waiting patiently in troughs to reach their final destination. The wet weather was against us here and the work is still pending – awaiting a significant dry spell in December or January.
With the funds from the sale of garden plants in the summer, we have bought lots of Spring bulbs to brighten up the park in March April next year.
Now we need your help to get them planted!
We are meeting up on the following dates to do just that, and the Scouts and Guides have promised to help as well.
Do please come along – even if only for half an hour. We have over 2000 bulbs to get into the ground.
Sunday 4th November 10.00am – 1.00pm – By Cleveland Cl.
Sunday 11th November 2.00 – 4.00pm – By Main Car Park
Wednesday 14th November 10.am – 1.00pm - By the Sports Pavilion
Sunday 25th November 10.00 am – 1.00pm - Below the tennis courts
We provide the equipment – we just need the muscle …
On 14th October 2012 we held our second annual meeting of members ( as we are obliged to do each year).
The Chairman’s report on the progress during 2012
Treasurer’s report on the financial position of the Group
Second Annual General Meeting Minutes
We were originally planning to hold a plant sale as well, but sadly this was not really possible due to the death earlier in October of one of our leading members - Mr David Foulger who had been a key member of the committee and the prime inspiration behind the very successful plant sales we held during the summer. David will be sadly missed.
We hope you all came to the Village Hall on Saturday for the first (but hopefully not the last!) Kempshott Festival Day.
Weather was great, lots of things to do and see and spend just a little bit of money on…
FSP had a stall selling garden plants - and we made £160 !
All that money can be put towards buying bulbs for planting in the Autumn.
We’ve produced a visual guide to future developments in the southern reaches of Stratton Park, which is available to view here.
You can find out more about these developments in our regular newsletter, or by clicking the ‘Green Spaces‘ link in the website menu above.