Peacock’s Meadow: a space in the community

Autumn is approaching. The time when gardeners everywhere take stock of the year’s changes in their own little green patches. There has certainly been a great deal to reflect on in the Peacocks Meadow community garden this year.

Many of you will have seen that the new benches and planters are now in place. Community groups, including the PORT youth club have taken on the challenge of making the planters bloom with herbs, flowers, wildflowers and new fruit bushes.

We have a dedicated team of volunteers who have been cutting the grass and brambles for us all over the summer. Special thanks are due to Andy Coe and his able assistants from the PORT. Stuart Palmer of Fenland Spirit Services has kept our equipment in tip-top condition. Special thanks also to Clive Webber and his team who constructed the planters and compost bins and installed the benches.

The garden has been the venue for all kinds of community activities this summer. The Pink Chair Engagement crafting group have held their outreach sessions in Peacocks Meadow. And in August the Littleport Lions hosted a free community Teddy Bears Picnic.

The committee hope to obtain funding this year for the creation of a wildlife pond and for mass planting of woodland plants. We hope to be able to recreate a woodland habitat. Such habitats are now increasingly under threat, but we hope to turn the garden into a ‘pocket sanctuary’ for such well-loved native species as bluebells, wild daffodils and fritillaries. A woodland habitat will encourage wildlife as well as providing a green and pleasant ‘sanctuary’ for residents.

Of course, all these things take a great deal of work and commitment. And Peacocks Meadow is the only public green space in Littleport that is wholly managed by volunteers. We need you, the community, to help this lovely green space to flourish. If you would like to join our friendly band of green-fingered enthusiasts, please contact us by sending a message to our Facebook page: Peacocks Meadow. Access to the garden is via the car park in Limes Close.

Goodbye and good gardening from all of us: The Friends of the Woodland Garden committee.

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