Garden Working Party Report
2018 was a year of intense heat, coupled with a few storms and wind and began with a good freeze up so not ideal for a season of gardening. But our early show of nearly 1700 daffodils and our tulip tubs both on the steps and on the road island brought colour and a welcome to Spring and to Lansdown.
Road planters wonderful
This year our small team set off to tidy up the mature beds newly planted lavender and sweet peas and with a mixture of colour in our planters to the rear. Our road planters were an absolute wonder despite the weather based around cannas, with a mixture of crimson and blue plants. Our tubs on the steps were simply fantastic show of red as well. Our team spent a lot of time on our 2 year old Lansdown Road "blue & white bed" which became a splash of those colours.
a welcome tea/coffee break
Our efforts are not only to greet visitors, community by-passers, wedding,funeral and christening parties with a fine sets of gardens but also to play our part in both our city's effort in Bath in Bloom and in the Community based South West in Bloom (SWIB). Over the past nine years we have been in both competitions gaining awards which are a reflection of the efforts of our volunteers but also giving a reason for the community to join in with us. This year was a great year as we gained Silver in Bath in Bloom and the coveted top award of "Outstanding" from the SWIB (South West in Bloom).
This is a brilliant reflection of the efforts of our small band of "Constant Gardeners" and of our support team of coffee,tea,cold drinks and cake makers who rally to warm up, cool down the outside team members. The City of Bath with help from community groups such as ours regained it's RHS National "Gold' Award this year.
Playing our part in the local community and the south west
We do have to spend some of our funds on constantly repairing our seating area and steps in the woods but we have now resorted to concreting it all in to deter the vandals. It is also amazing how much litter we have to collect during the year as people just seem to discard papers, packaging,bottles and even a baby car-seat over on to our gardens. We have a magnificent oak overhanging the bus shelter and we had to take a limb off recently that was unsafe; we will be raising funds for this to be expertly checked over in 2019 and also for trimming back branches that are hitting the P&R bus as it stops - donations welcomed.
plans for 2019 - watch this space!
Projects for 2019 are to clear the Dell to make it usable, our winter tubs and planters will go in over the next few weeks and we will have to replant some of our annuals which are getting woody.
We would be grateful not only for more volunteers but also for donations of plants, money and if anyone wants to place a remembrance seat we have the spaces.It is a big area and needs a lot of maintenance work.
Finally we are planning a May Day 2019 "Community Green Gardens Day" and we have already secured the interest of the Millennium Gardens team and that of the SWIB (South West in Bloom). This is a watch this space time! You do not have to be a member of the St. Stephen's congregation as we are a community based team and open to all volunteers. We welcome both those with gardening knowledge and those without.
I would like to express my grateful thanks to everyone who helped in any way this year as without you we wouldn't have a joyful garden, nor fantastic tubs and planters, nor would we have swept paths, trimmed and cut grass and well weeded beds. Thank you to you all and also to those who express their appreciation to us as they walk through.
Donations can be made by post or dropped off at the office made out in favour of St.Stephen's Church and marked for the Gardens Fund."
Bob Carlton Porter 28/10/2018