The next volunteer session in the park will be on Saturday 15 January from 10.30 to 12.30. (This is our midwinter time - from next month we will be back to afternoon sessions.)
We will meet in the Community Garden to do various winter jobs including: pruning and tidying the willow arch and the rosa rugosa hedge; removing brambles and other undesirable plants; tidying the verge along the side of the drive to the pub and litter-picking. We will also move as much as we can of the tree that has fallen near the Community Garden.
New volunteers will be very welcome
Please bring your own gloves if you have them but don't worry if you ghaven't got any, we can provide you with some.
Because of the shorter days, we are meeting this month from 10.30-12.30.
We will be working in the croquet lawn area, which is at the top of Crocus Hill, above Parkfield House (see the map below). We will be cutting back and clearing brambles, willow-herb and other plants, and also clearing some of the undergrowth around the large lime tree. There is probably litter picking to do as well.
We will meet in the Parkfield House car park and go up from there. Please bring your own gardening gloves, if you have them
Storm Arwen has taken its toll all over the UK. In Greaves Park a few small trees fell over, and one is in the process of being removed by the Council's Tree Gang (see photo).
One really big tree also fell over, sadly, but it still looks quite spectacular (see photo). We think it would be a good idea to leave it as it is. A fallen tree may in fact carry on growing even though it is on the ground (see https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-49632776) and this one has plenty of roots and is even coming into bud!
Even if the tree dies it will provide very welcome dead wood for many rare invertebrates and fungi. These invertebrates will provide important food for birds, and as the wood rots it will provide cover for nesting birds, and bats may roost in cracks and fissures as they develop - so dead or alive the tree will continue to support a multitude of organisms!
If you would like to take a look at this magnificent tree it is in the wooded area that we call "Beechwood". You can find it by going through the Community Garden, turning left along the driveway, and then climbing the steep bank on your right into a wooded area. Carry on uphill and you will come across it.
On Monday the council brought their flail and tractor to cut the overgrown bank behind Parkfield House. They have done this for 3 years now and it is really good for the Spring bulbs and wildflowers that are growing there. (See photo below)
On Friday one of the Park Rangers strimmed the slope in the Community Garden to keep the weeds down and encourage wildflowers. (See photo below)
On Saturday we planted Hellebores in Middlewood (see photo below). The Hellebores were a gift from a local resident. They flower in January to March so they will bring some welcome colour to Middlewood in the winter months. We also cleared some ivy and brambles growing around fruit trees in the Community garden.
We will be having our usual 3rd Saturday work session on 16 October from 2-4pm. New volunteers are very welcome!
We will meet in the Community Garden. If you are not sure where the Community Garden is, have a look at the map on our "Events" page.
Jobs we are planning to do include clearing the wildflower patches and planting some wildflower plugs, clearing ivy from around the fruit trees, and general tidying and weeding.
It would be helpful if you can let us know if you are coming, so we can make sure we have enough tools. If you can bring your own gardening gloves with you, and trowel, but don't worry if you don't have these, we can supply some for you.
Looking forward to seeing you!
This Saturday the Friends planted about 200 wildflower plugs in the meadow area of the Community Garden.
The Council's park rangers strimmed the area for us first. This will help the seeds from this year's wildflowers to take root, as well as making space for the new plants.
The plugs were grown by volunteers in the Council's polytunnels at White Lund. Other plugs have also been planted at Crook O'Lune and Miss Whalley's Field.
Wild flowers planted included: meadowsweet, ragged robin, knapweed, salad burnet, oxeye daisy, cowslip, birdsfoot trefoil, yarrow, red clover, and meadow cranesbill. All these are traditional meadow flowers and are very attractive to pollinators.
It's Great Big Green Week, and this very Saturday our volunteers have been out in the park tidying up at the end of the season, cutting back ivy, brambles, and nettles, to make the park more welcoming to the general public as well as providing food and shelter for wildlife.
We plant flowers everywhere in the park, always with an aim of providing food for wildlife as well as loveliness for people to enjoy. We have made a number of wild flower meadows, and this year we have worked with the council to leave some of the grass on Parkfield Lawn to grow long, to support wild flowers such as buttercups. The buttercups put on a wonderful display earlier this year
We also leave log piles and brash piles in out of the way corners to provide food and shelter for wildlife such as beetles and hedgehogs.
This Spring we made a Willow Teepee for children to play in.
With help from a wide variety of volunteers we have litter picking gangs to pick up the litter in the park. There hasn't been much of that recently due to the Covid emergency, but we hope to get back to it soon.
We put on a number of green events throughout the year, such as Tree Walks, nature Detective Days, Bat Walks, Dawn Chorus Walks, and we also hold small sales events of plants, and apples.
This week there is a Plant Sale on Belle Vue Terrace. We are selling indoor plants, and we are also giving away seeds for anyone to plant in their own gardens.
Now we are allowed to meet in a larger group we would like to welcome anyone who would like to join us. We usually have a work afternoon on the third Saturday of the month. See the Events list for more details, including where to meet, and an idea of what we are planning to do..
If you are planning to join us it would be helpful if you would let us know, by completing the Contact Form. It helps us to make sure we have enough tools for everyone. Also if you have any gardening gloves it would be helpful if you could bring them, as a precaution against Covid, but don't worry if you haven't, we'll find some for you. If you give us a contact email or phone number we'll let you know if our plans change.
On the 10th June there will be a Partial Eclipse of the Sun which will be visible from Lancaster - weather permitting!.