Radbourne Walk - April work day
There is always a worry, when you ask for volunteers, that the weather will dampen their enthusiam.
Maybe it was the chance to improve the environment, good company or the promise of cake. But, a little bit of rain didn't put off our volunteers.
The plan is to keep the native wildflowers at the back of the path and dig over the front edge nearest the path. This keeps the nettles for our caterpillars. But stops it being a prickly nuicance to anyone walking down the path. Then we'll re-seed the front edge with wildlife friendly plants and a few crowd pleasers.
Anything we clear will be composted and re-used.
Ealing Councillor John Cowing (above in blue) came along to give us a hand too. He got stuck in, clearing weeds, digging and creating the loggery. In fact the council has been very supportive of our plans for Radbourne Walk. We presented our ideas at the last Walpole Ward Forum to John and fellow councillors Ann Chapman and Ashok Kapoor. They liked the idea so much that we have been offered money for tools and plants. Plus extra help via the community payback scheme.
We also created another loggery.
First - you have to dig a deep hole...
We already had some nice rotting wood to fill in the hole. But, we filled in the smaller gaps using some of the freshly cut logs we had too.
Then we raked back the soil to bury as much of the logs as possible. This will help them to rot - just what a Stag beetle larvae loves.
It was also Simon's Birthday. So, that means another excuse to eat cake.
...and a nice cup of tea.
After tea and cake it was time to do some more work. Below is Paul removing the Spanish Bluebells. We need to remove some of the Spanish Bluebells because they will cross pollinate our natives. If that happens we'll end up with a hybrid version.
We've bought some English bluebells and snowdrops in the green. This gives them a good start. You can plant snowdrop bulbs later in the year - but they can be prone to drying out and are less likely to thrive. Planting them with their leaves 'in the green' gives them a better start.
Unfortunately it also means they won't flower this year. But, we should get a lovely flush of flowers next spring.
Below is Christine (left), me in the middle and Mary (right) with our first tray of snowdrops. Then its heads down and trowels at the ready.
Once again - many thanks to everyone who turned up to help. Whether you did a couple of hours or stayed all day - we really appreciate your help.
If you'd like to get involved the next workday is Saturday 3rd May at 10.00.