Happy New Year to everyone.

And what a splendid turnout  17 adults and  4 children for a rather warm gardening session.   We had two main tasks: in  the Memorial garden  we continued to tidy up the perennials, sweep the leaves, and start pruning some of the bushes on the  north wast side where our three  lemon scented Cupressus macrocarpa are succumbing to disease.

On the Sunderland Street entrance we took out some more Aucuba, the spotted Laurel   and planting  20 dark red roses donated by the council. Our Councillor Yukteshwar kumar and support staff came out and completed the task. And though our litter pick throughout the park did not  result in much litter, the opportunity was taken to  remove some historic rubbish from the compound. By spring we should have this  cleared and fully operational. The composting compound is coming on a treat and we have started sieving the compost.

 

Sunderland  St. Roses

Sunderland St. Roses

Rubbish Clearance

Rubbish Clearance

FoHP Carols 2021

FoHP Carols 2021

FoHP Carols 2021

FoHP Carols 2021

FoHP Carols 2021

FoHP Carols 2021

FoHP Carols 2021

FoHP Carols 2021

FoHP Carols 2021

FoHP Carols 2021

 

What a lovely evening and over £300 raised for Julian House and the Park. Thanks to the Waits, the Bath Folk Choir, Ian Herve for compering, and mostly you, our friends, for being here and singing.

Sunderland St, after the Fall

Sunderland St, after the Fall

A splendid turnout on the 21st November with 24 people in total. The Sunderland Street entrance is now  acceptable  after the final removal of all the logs. The Mahonia is flowering rather well, and shows us what we can do with the some of the  other entrances. We have thoroughly dug over the  western side rescued some of the roses, and planted Alchemilla,  bulbs, some Sarcoccocus, and a lot of wallflowers, The storm has brought down a number of small branches, but no major damage, and most of the leaves have been  cleared by the council.  And people continue to use it as an outdoor gym. They are hardier than I am…….

Last Sunday, the 17th,  we had a good turnout for gardening in the Park with 17 of us,  We concentrated on the  Sunderland Street Entrance,  which is now taking a bit of shape after the poplar tree came down in spring (the logs are still there after 6 months…..),  the Memorial Garden, and the north of the park.

The Trees are starting to put on their autumn colours, but  the highlight at the moment is the Eleagnus at the north entrance of the park.  The group of glossy leaved evergreen bushes are not very interesting for most of the year, but now they are flowering. Even the flowers are insignificant, but the scent is wonderful. Walk past and appreciate – they wont be flowering for long but the next few weeks will be   worth the detour.

Congratulations to  the Council,  our members and volunteers – : we have achieved the Green Flag award  again this year  and  from the South West in Bloom   It’s your Neighbourhood we achieved ‘Outstanding’ for  our first application.  We couldn’t ask for more from all of you.

We will see you all at the gardening sessions on the first and third Sundays …………

At the South West in Bloom  awards ceremony last week we were  awarded ” Outstanding”  at our first entry. We have been told that this is very unusual. So we can give ourselves a big pat on the back  and reflect what we have achieved over the last 6 years and congratulate ourselves, before getting back to the tasks of gardening and litter picking, pond maintenance, …. restoration………..

17: Shane Shewan, 2021

17: Shane Shewan, 2021

So very well done and a big thank you to all our members and  volunteers and extend our thanks to the Council, as this is very much a joint effort

 A thank you to the Members and Volunteers and an Unveiling

Instead of the big fundraising party  that we usually have each year,  we thought that after a trying 18 months we would just have get together  with food from the Syrian Kitchen and  tea and coffee  for our members. Just to say 'Thank you and welcome back ".  And our Councillors, Amanda Rigby and Dr Yukteshwar Kumar both came to unveil our latest restoration project for the Garden : the sundial

May was spent digging out the beds in the Memorial Garden and creating new beds by the front lawn. We planted Phormiums there as a striking architectural feature. A total of £700 was donated for plans and together with the Council we have replanted these beds, started the beds by the front lawn, and completed the replanting of the planters. We have also reinstated the sundial pedestal which awaits its gnomon.

End of an EraPhormium

The storm at the end of May resulted in the loss of our Lombardy Poplar, a one time national champion, and the consequent devastation of the Sunderland Street Entrance. We will repair the damage.

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