Park Improvements Winter 2015-16

We had  2  projects for  this  Winter season – planting  yet more bulbs and this time a few wild flower plug plants, and  tackling once and for all the  hedgerow at the northern end of the Dellwood hedgerow.

Working through November and December  ( fortunately the weather was very mild) we have planted a host of daffodils and narcissus in various locations and  more crocuses along with some more snowdrops  to  compensate for the loss of the original snowdrop stock which has been declining in recent years.

This year we also had the opportunity to plant  some genuine wild  seed primroses in a shady part of the park. This  mini-project was generously sponsored by  two local residents –  for which  our thanks!

We have  made several attempts over the years to improve the hedgerow by the Dellwood path. Historically some residents in Pitman Close planted and have nurtured  what is now a mature hedgerow –  full of bird nesting and roosting facilities. But the hedgerow is not continuous, and at various places there are gaps which we hope to fill in  with additional high quality  shrub species. At the northern end, the hedge was completely absent , replaced by a series of ash saplings which over the years had grown into a line of ugly and vigorous  trees which were cut back  and regrew each year. Ash cannot be  made into a hedge in any form. With the agreement of the local residents we finally negotiated with the borough grounds maintenance staff for the ask to be removed  or killed off, the  land to be cleared of a lot of accumulated rubbish and for a new hedgerow to be established.

The replanting of the hedge shrubs has started –  more will follow in  the coming months until the planting task is completed. We also hope to add hedgerow wild flowers at the base of the hedgerow – again a bit later  in Spring. At that point  we have to sit back and wait – for Nature to play its part. A wildlife friendly hedge is not something that can be  created over night – it will be 3 -4 years before it is recognisable as a hedge and 10 years before it is a respectable size.




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