With spring here at last, WPGF will kick off our monthly Park Maintenance days on Saturday 7th April at around 10am and on every 1st Saturday of the month. We need to prepare the beds alongside Cobbold Road so the children at Wendell Park School can use them for their Gardening Club. Please come and join in. Bring your own tools … forks, spades, trowels; whatever you have. No skill or experience necessary! It would be great if some strong, fit lads or dads could join in too as we could use the extra muscle power!
We are also appealing to anyone who has garden tools lurking in a shed that they no longer need. All contributions gladly received!
Exciting news for March and April! Phase 2 of the snowberry removal will take place in the next couple of weeks. Expect to see contractors from idverde with mechanical diggers removing another swathe of these invasive, self-seeders.
Shortly thereafter, road contractors Conway will be in the park reinstating the surface of the paths which have become very pot-holed and damaged;
and on Friday April 6th we will be receiving our first large order of shrubs and perennials for the South Border along Wendell Road. Please come along to help plant up – we will bring teas, coffees and soft drinks. All we ask is that you bring your tools and are ready to roll your sleeves up! Can’t wait!
You can download a copy here WPGF Spring Newsletter 2018
Following lengthy discussions, debates, suggestions and counter-suggestions, our lovely neighbour Sarah Heaton has produced this beautiful planting scheme which we presented to LBHF for approval in January. Some of the plants are now being ordered for delivery the week after Easter, when we will have a Planting Day (Friday 6th April) to get the new border under way. We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to join us for what should be a fun and rewarding day’s gardening!
Click here to view or download the scheme Wendell planting scheme Sarah Heaton
You can see more of Sarah’s work here sarahheatongardens.com
From our correspondent, Liliana Radujko
We recently received an incredibly warm community welcome at Askew Road Library, where Katherine and Frances expertly delivered an informative presentation with slides, photos and plans a-plenty. Beginning with a brief history of Wendell Park, the talk introduced our voluntary group from it’s inception in May 2017, our objectives, ethos, fund-raising, achievements to date and, of course, exciting future plans. We explained too our dedication to British native plants, increasing biodiversity, supporting our Borough in trying to achieve a green Flag award for Wendell Park. Most importantly, that our community can ALL share, learn together and be united in a passion for plants and gardening across all ages, abilities, backgrounds or home environments.
We clarified how we are liaising closely with the Borough, seek to be an interface between our diverse park users and the Borough as we follow in the footsteps of years of work to maintain and achieve improvements in Wendell Park by the original Wendell Park Friends, such as Gina, and our hard-working, dedicated park keeper, Steve Cassidy.
We shared some of our exciting future plans for: a Propagation and Plant Exchange Day in April alongside one of our upcoming regular monthly Maintenance days; preparation of Wendell Park School gardening area, a watering point near the existing water fountain. Looking further ahead, our ambition to compete in the Chelsea Fringe Garden Festival.
The bubbly discussions with our knowledgeable audience bought forward many excellent suggestions and ideas, including how to move forward with health and safety issues for our park.
We would love to hear from anyone in the community with your ideas and comments – do get in touch with us online on our website: wendellparkgardeningfriends.co.uk or on Twitter: @WendellParkGF
WENDELL PARK GARDENING FRIENDS HAS REACHED ITS FUNDRAISING TARGET
A huge thank you to all those of you who have supported and contributed to our fundraising effort. It has been fun and very uplifting to see the level of encouragement and endorsement throughout the community.
We planted the last of the bulbs on Saturday and we are hoping that over the coming years they will naturalise and bring spring cheer to all! We have a few events already planned for next year, keep checking our website.
However our biggest task now is to work on the planting scheme. We welcome input from everybody so please use the comment section if you have any ideas. We will look at them and respond.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR FROM WPGF
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 has just been featured in the Council’s latest newsletter . In case you missed it, take a look at the article here .
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.