garden were left to its own devices it would as we found several years ago
revert to Bramble and Nettle dominance and later as the Hazel and other trees
grow into a scrub and eventually a wooded area. Some people would say as this
is a natural progression that may how the garden should be allowed to go.
However our intention is to use the garden as a window onto various native
habitats that children (and others) may be unaware of and can play their part
in the forming of these habitats by simulating the natural conditions required
and introducing the specialist flora for them.
there is a continual need to maintain these habitats just as man has done so
for the last 1000 years or so.
The wildflower meadow.
would have been maintained by grazing (anyone got a goat?!). The small area we
have needs to be hand weeded and must have enough light to reach the soil and
ideally the soil should be poor without much leaf litter etc. Because it is not
possible to impoverish the soil completely we have to be careful which species
of plant we can grow. In order to hand weed volunteers will need to know what a
for instance Mullein looks like not to weed it out by mistake. Where possible
we put identification poles by each plant. Only some of our last set of plant species have survived.
would have been coppiced in the past up to the second world
war in many cases preserving an open aspect for woodland.
definition this requires the Hazel to be cut back every few years. There are 4
or 5 bushes and we cut certain ones each year to preserve enough shade but not
too much. The cut poles may be used to fence the stone age
present it is allowed to drain out in Summer
considering ways of maintaining the water level in the summer. This is likely
to be a big task
needs to be redug, fertilized, planted and harvested
yearly. Also a palisade fence can be constructed around it if there is enough
timber and volunteers to do so.
We have a
permanent wood chip path through the centre of the garden which should last for
many years. A subsidiary path to the Poplars needs to be maintained annually by
cutting back Brambles etc.
nettles and Brambles and cut back shrubs where they are not wanted.
litter thrown into the garden
maintain nest boxes
plot and other areas as required