We planned a short work session ( 90 minutes) for 9th November but aimed to plant up to 200 hedgerow whips (young tree saplings) for wildlife so fine weather and plenty of volunteers with spades were needed. Luck was on our side with 11 adults, most armed with a spade or fork, while two babies in buggies acted as supervisors. Was the good turn out due to the email sent to supporters by Sue, the Friends of Mayow Park Secretary? I'd like to think so.
|Some of the whips, canes and guards provided by the Woodland Trust|
|Work starts behind the shipping container building|
|Planting whips in the fruiting hedgerow|
A new double row was also planted along a fence. Some of the elder was planted in gaps among existing bushes.
|Plenty of rotted wood chip mulch for the whips|
|Some of the volunteers by the newly planted hedgerow|
The park was full of people enjoying the mild weather and from time to time someone would stop to ask who we were, what we were dong and why.
Although we did not finish, we managed to plant around150 of the whips. We plan to have a second planting date towards the end of November.
One volunteer put most of her energy into enhancing the mini wild flower meadow by tending the bed and sowing more wild flower seeds. Thank you Bruna. (No photo, sorry.) We look forward to seeing what will grow next spring and summer.
A huge thank you to all the volunteers who came, giving up their Sunday afternoon to improve the park for people and wildlife. Special thanks to one in particular who came on his birthday.