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Planting in the park – 29th July 2011, 11-2pm

July 13, 2011

Many of you have commented that you would like to see more flowers in the park. Cat, our Nature and Wildlife Officer has been talking to Stefan from H&F about improving planting in the park. The council are keen for the Friends to help improve two areas of the existing flowerbeds, chosen because they are looking a bit sparse or they’ve been taken over by invasive shrubs. Cat, Stefan and Friends member Andrew Mitchell have put together a list of native British shrubs, perennials and bulbs that will give us more seasonal colour and will also help to attract birds and insects. Included on the list are woodland and cottage garden favourites such as bluebells, violets, cowslips, geraniums, aquilegia, viburnum and shrub roses. We will be holding clearing and planting days over the next few months and we hope to see lots of the Friends there – no gardening experience required! The first opportunity to get involved will be the volunteer day on Friday the 29th July, when we will make a start on clearing the beds. We’ll start planting in the autumn when the weather is cooler to give the plants the best chance to establish themselves before winter. With a bit of luck we’ll be able to enjoy the results of our work next spring and summer when we have a beautiful display of flowers!

Download the flyer (PDF file).

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Vince permalink
    July 22, 2011 12:27 am

    I hope there’s some Lavender in the list of flowers to be planted, a great favourite of butterflies and bees (and me)

  2. Cat permalink
    July 23, 2011 10:49 am

    Hi Vince,
    Thanks for your suggestion. The areas we’re planting up are mainly shady and we’re concentrating on native British plants (the funding for the plants depends on it) so I’m afraid we won’t be planting lavender. However, when the plans for the redevelopment for the park are finalised it would be great to talk about how to improve the rose beds in the centre of the park. I think lavender borders with taller plants in the middle would look great. If anyone else has suggestions please get in touch or leave a comment here.
    Cat (Nature and Wildlife Officer)

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