You Could Call It a Washout

Because it was very wet out, and we didn't see many people. But there was a great cracking sound on the way over to the orchard, and within about three minutes the van full of police had arrived at this scene. Fortunately nobody seemed to be injured, and no vehicles seemed damaged. I do wonder ...

20 for 15, plus music, and soup

Sunday 15 April - Compost Moving Day. Today produced our highest turnout for the year, and has got us about half way to our goal of covering the northern half acre with 6 inches of compost. Twenty people turned up to work, and several more came by to say hello, along with several toddlers. Those ...

No Fooling!

A very good session today. About 20 people turned up, and quite a few stayed to play (in this case, digging, picking, and hauling). The bender is being rebuilt, one of the raised beds is being dismantled, a lot of bramble roots are being pulled, a few posts are being sunk, and some rubble excavated. ...

Soil Analysis

For the first time in months, the combination or rain, wind, and hail put a damper on our plans. However, we persevered, and were rewarded with occasional bits of glorious sunshine. The site soil looks to be several layers of varied material: sand, gravel, rubble, and loam with some clay mixed in. Below 16 inches, ...

A very good day’s work

Today we cleared part of the site of brush from felled trees, in order to make more room for more grass cuttings / leaf mould from the other side of the park. The clearing shifted several trees worth of brash, forming some of it as dead hedge, and laying up the rest for future use. ...

Snow Steps

Saturday's snow made it easy to spot human and animal visitors on Sunday. This little robin came by to observe the mouse den we made from last year's hay meadow cuttings. We've seen a couple of field mice coming and going from warm burrows in the hay and wood chip piles. We have also seen ...

Wassail!

Our 2nd work session of the year coincided with two local wassails, to very good effect. Kings Heath Community Garden (Heathfield Road) had scheduled an afternoon wassail, so we organised ours to follow on from that. Our regular work session started around 1PM, with a very good turnout of a dozen volunteers, who set to ...

Quick Start

We've started the new year with two consecutive days of clearing. On Sunday the 1st we started opening up the view across to the silt dump. The plan here is to re-establish the boundary hedge of privet and holly, whilst bringing in more understory light, and providing the occasional view across to other parts of ...