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.