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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.