Well, Winter is now upon us. Time for gardeners to reflect on the passing year, and to plan for next year’s growing season.
That’s what we’ve been doing in the Peacocks Meadow community garden. Summer saw a number of lovely community events in the garden. Our volunteers, together with support from Fenland Spirit Services, have cut the grass all through the year. This regular cutting is gradually eradicating the brambles.
Youngsters from the PORT youth club planted up some beautiful wildflowers; St George’s Church Group created a ‘tomato mountain’ while the community herb planter is really establishing itself. Benches have been installed and a deal of hard work has been going on behind the scenes. Pink Chair Engagement brought their special brand of crafting magic to the meadow. The Littleport Lions hosted a Teddy Bear’s picnic in August.
In September we enjoyed our first ‘community harvest’ on a day of mellow sunshine, which brought many new visitors to the garden to pick fruit, blackberries and tomatoes. It was delightful to see so many children running about among the trees and grass. We have also shaped and pruned the young trees, allowing them the space to grow.
Of course, we won’t be resting on our garden forks over the winter. We have further plans for next year. We are applying for funding for further enrichment of the habitat. The Littleport Crafters have created a stunning mosaic art work which will be installed later next year.
Peacocks Meadow is Littleport’s only woodland garden. It is also the only green space managed and maintained by the community. We always need more volunteers. If you would like to become involved in shaping the future of the garden, fund-raising or organising community events … we’d love to hear from you!
If form-filling isn’t your thing, you can still get involved. We hold regular work parties throughout the year. All are welcome and we often have entire families getting ‘down and dirty’ with us. It’s a great way to get some fresh air and exercise, and of course, to meet new friends. You can do as little or as much as suits you. And you’ll have the satisfaction of helping to create a beautiful green space for future generations.
To find out more about how you can get involved please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Or send a message via the Peacocks Meadow Facebook page.