Archive for April, 2014

Easter Fun in the Gardens

April 16, 2014

Shortly after he was introduced to the new local pastime of catching a bouncy egg in a small bucket, Councillor Clarance officially opened the fully restored rill garden.

It was a beautiful sunny spring morning just right for photographing working councillors, egg decorating over 60s, and lots of young children whizzing about the gardens trying everything on offer, eating lots of chocolate and impressing us with their ingenuity in the Scavenge Challenge. Our apologies to parents if their offspring see clothes pegs a little differently now!  A huge thank you to everyone who came, helped and enjoyed a great Easter starter event. Think we may need to try it again next year.

Bookers and Tesco made generous donations of chocolate eggs. Morrisons were nothing short of magnificent and between them all we were able to have a great free event for lots of young children, their parents and grandparents, some local, some visiting. Thank you all. We ticked a lot of inclusivity boxes for the Heritage Lottery Grant with this event!



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Pond matters

April 16, 2014

Towards the end of winter we devoted a work session to cleaning out the planting pockets around the big pond, long impacted with reed, bramble, rose of sharon, honeysuckle etc. Every year we cut it down but this year the team took it out completely – probably the toughest assignment to date.

Armed with a generous £100 donation from the Water Carnival team, Lisa and Holly went to see the highly knowledgeable and very enthusiastic bunch of young men at Maidenhead Aquatics at Jack’s Patch. Between them they arrived at an excellent planting list , a very good deal, and lots of glorious aquatic and  marginal plants, now nestled around the pond edges and alongside the rill in special boggy planting areas. Lisa was planting the last ones just before Councillor Clarance was due to officially open the now fully restored rill garden.

Many thanks to our volunteers, the Water Carnival team and Maidenhead Aquatics – a great result.

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