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The Wick Weeders and the Pavilion Gardens
Who are the 'Wick Weeders'?
Have you ever walked past the gardens surrounding the Pavilion and thought "that looks nice?" Well, it is kept looking neat and tidy by a small informal group of volunteers known as
The Wick Weeders
who meet usually twice a month, for about three hours, when we busy ourselves with tasks such as weeding, planting, pruning, watering - not to mention chatting, catching up on the gossip, having
a well-earned tea break, and a bit of a laugh! It also offers great light exercise, and gives you the opportunity to breathe in the fresh and fragrant air, and to enjoy the inviting calls of the many birds that flit
around in the nearby hedgerow! In particular, the lovely Robin that seems to appear from nowhere as soon as we start work provides hours of entertainment as it seeks to 'help' by snatching the various grubs and nasties
that we turn over. What better way is there to while away a few hours - and it is so much
better than a boring session in the
gym, and great for the body and soul!
So Why Not Join Us?
The really good news is
that we always have room for more volunteers in the group! No previous experience is necessary, and any tools you require will
be provided. You might like to bring your own gardening gloves, especially when
'pruning' is on the agenda - any old robust gloves will do. And there is no need to feel that you need to turn out every time - sometimes things like family visits, holidays, illness, etc., deprive us of the
opportunity to participate. Can you really afford
to pass over this fabulous opportunity to get involved with your local community?
Dates and Times
The normal pattern is that we meet in the afternoon on two days a month, at 2 p.m. at the Pavilion. For more information about the up-and-coming sessions please email email@example.com.
The next dates are
: Tuesday 3rd April at 10.00am
, and then Monday 16th April at the usual time of 2.00 pm.
The Pavilion Gardens Through the Year
January / February
The very first signs that Spring may be less than ten weeks away are beginning to show, with the Spring bulbs - daffodils, grape hyacinths, and bluebells - just poking above the soil level. Also, the self-seeded
forget-me-not seedlings are beginning to develop quickly. You may think that all the 'untidy' seed-heads are a symptom of our laziness - but, you would be wrong! They will not be cut down for a while yet, as they
provide a source of food for the birds and a hiding place for different varieties of the Park's wide range of over-wintering insects, which are vital later in the year to keep the ecology of the Park in balance. But
there is still plenty to do - those pesky weeds are also on the move and they will hide the bulbs if we don't keep on top of them NOW! There's also some 'heavier' maintenance to do, such as tidying the weeds from the pathways
BEFORE they spread over the flower beds! Fabulous exercise - do come and join us on one of our Wick Weeder sessions!
The primroses look great and the daffodils are just beginning to open. The two types of cornus ('Dog Wood') will have been pruned by the end of the month.
This is a very busy time in the garden, but the rewards are beginning to show. The daffodils and primroses are past their best, but the honesty, the forget-me-nots, the tulips, and the grape hyacinths are flourishing, and many
of the flowering shrubs are just beginning to show signs of coming into flower - including the hawthorn hedge at the back of the garden.
By the start of May, the weeds are growing rampantly, so it is a very busy time for the 'Weeders'. The daffodils and primroses have been and gone, but the shrubs are now in full leaf, and flower buds are just
beginning to open. The cornus looks a vibrant green, and the forget-me-nots have conveniently filled the spaces in between! And just look - the Green roof is turning, well, RED
as a good covering of wild poppies has taken centre stage!
Showing how the garden has grown over the years. The first picture was taken in 2009, the second in 2013, whereas the 3rd, showing the development of the green roof on the storage container, was taken in
2016. The fourth, fifth, and sixth pictures shows the red and white flowers of the Rosa Rogusa
(Shrub Roses) that grow in front of the Paviliion Building.
These pictures were all taken in 2016. The first picture shows the perennial sunflowers as a backdrop for the lavender - all of them now well established. The second picture is a view across the shrubs, with the
'green' roof of the clad container in the background, and the third homes in on the roof of the clad containser. What's in a colour? The green roof was red back in May but now it's turned
!! The fourth picture is a view of the garden taken from the adjoining field, showing the clad container and the natural wild hawthorn hedge in the back-ground, with the line of poplars towering
Crazy! The first two pictures taken in mid-October 2015 include shrubs that should be flowering in Spring alongside gorgeous deep Autumn colours! The third picture is more in line with expectations - the perennial
Sunflowers making a great back-drop to a typical Autumn scene. The fourth and fifth pictures show how the garden had matured by October 2017.
The late Autumn colours really are a joy to behold, and the garden looks every bit as good as it did in high Summer! Do take a little while out from your busy life to come to admire it! Even better, why not offer
a few hours of your time at one of our 'Wick Weeder' sessions to help to keep it looking good!
December arrives, and perhaps the garden is now at its bleakest. It's not bad, though, is it? The Wick Weeders will still be out on at least one Monday afternoon this month, so why not come and join us?
Some of the Weeders 'at work'
Our intrepid Weeders, Peter, Nikki & Chris before a hard session, well I assume it was 'before' as there is no sign of sweat or dirt !! Eric shows an excellent example to the younger volunteers by getting
stuck in, and Dorothy is putting her back into it.