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!.