Fundraising continues apace

Our fundraising efforts are now in full swing and we have a couple of exciting dates in the diary. This Saturday 18th November we will be setting up a stall at the Askew Road Library Crafts Fair; and then on 25th November we will be at Kite Studios We will be selling a selection of craft items, plants and Christmas stocking fillers and all proceeds will be going to WPGF to help fund our ambitious planting plans for 2018! So come along and dig deep! Or just pop in to say hello and to find out how you can get involved.

Wendell Park Gardening Friends is using the Spacehive crowd funding platform!

We have teamed up with the Spacehive crowdfunding platform to raise funds to advance our project.  Please help us to raise funds by pledging your support.   The council has £200,000 of funds available for projects through the Community Infrastructure Levy and have indicated the they will back us if the project attracts enough support in the community.  So please, dig deep!  It’s very quick and easy to do, and it all helps.  

Bulb planting with Wendell Park School

Narcissi bulbs being planted by year 3 children

On Tuesday 10th October,   Wendell Park School  and WPGF  planted a 5kg bag of yellow and white narcissi bulbs. The ground was prepared  by clearing the leaves, digging the earth over and marking the areas for the children.

We used garden game paint to make four irregular shapes in order to make the planting look more natural. We located the planting close to the picket fence for increased protection.

Ruth and Caroll arrived with the first of three groups of 8 children, very well prepared, each with a trowel,  pair of gloves and bag for kneeling on.  Ruth then explained which way to put the bulb in the earth by pointing out the little roots at the bottom of the bulbs and told the children to expect the flowers in spring time.

All in all, around 100 bulbs were planted. To mark the end of the event and to the children’s delight,  a beautiful robin made an appearance, looking for worms in the freshly turned soil.

Work station – waiting for the next group
Frances – WPGF – preparing for bulb planting with the children from Wendell Park School
Daffodil bulb planting – waiting for the children to arrive
Wendell Park School children doing bulb planting
Robin visiting and looking for worms

 

 

Bulb Planting in October

We have placed our first order for bulbs:  mixed daffodils and narcissi, snowdrops, winter aconites and peppermint and mixed muscari. Approximately 1000 bulbs altogether! The Southern border should really come to life this spring and we are hoping that the bulbs will naturalise with time.

Delivery is expected the first week of October, planting should take place soon after that. There will be an “action day” where all members and any volunteers will be able to  participate in the planting.  The event will be advertised in the usual way via posters on the park gates, the Nextdoor website and a round robin email to those who have registered an interest. An update will be given at our AGM on 10th October.

5kg bag of bulbs

Digging out the snowberries

Our group of volunteers is currently clearing designated areas in the South border in order to prepare for bulb planting, in October hopefully.

We are pulling out the snowberry shrub, an incredibly invasive plant, which propagates through lateral roots up to 1 meter long. Very difficult and thankless task! The plant seems to grow back as quickly as it is pulled out.

Volunteer clearing snowberry in Wendell Park
More success!

AGM – 10 October 2017 – 7pm

 

We are holding our first AGM on the 10th October 2017 at 7pm,  43 Rylett Rd, W12 9ST.

As well as choosing committee members, selected from our volunteers, we will be appointing our Chairman/woman, Vice-chairman/woman, Treasurer and Secretary. If you are interested in any of these positions, come along. We will also be formalising our Constitution as well as discussing what we have achieved to date.

Get involved, come along!