The latest news from Approach Gardens
End of Growing Season, Repairs, Lottery Application- Autumn 2016
As another growing season comes to an end it’s time to take stock in our wonderful garden. We’ve made progress in so many areas but now find that many of our growing beds are simply falling apart. They were only ever built as a temporary solution and many of them have now really come to the end of their useful life.
Now that we’re well established as a community organisation, and have a five-year licence for our space, we’re able to apply for various sources of funding that were previously unavailable to us. This autumn we are applying to the Big Lottery Fund and if we’re successful it will see our make-shift beds replaced with solid constructions designed to last for many years.
Eid was celebrated in the childrens play area, next
to Approach Gardens. The event was very well
attended, and the community came together to celebrate
Eid was celebrated in the childrens play area, next to Approach Gardens. The event was very well attended, and the community came together to celebrate Eid
Best4Hedging- Update 2016
Last year we were lucky enough to take delivery of 250 native hedging plants (as detailed below). In just one year these plants have established themselves into beautiful hedges and, in years to come, will also yield fruit, nuts and flowers.
The pond area is now fully
enclosed with hedging and, down one side, various berry
bushes. The hedges also shield the new wilderness area
and, beyond the pond, at the top of the wild flower
meadow create a wide bush of wild ‘dog’ rose covering
the railings to the dog’s toilet in the THH managed
As a part of our
bio-diversity award we planted three different
types of ivy along the railings on north side of the
garden. This is now incredibly well established and
provides a source of food for the bees late into the
year after the pollen is finished from other plants.
As a part of our
bio-diversity award we planted a wildflower meadow. In
its frost year we had a very bright coloured show but
mostly of annuals we’d added to the seed mix. This year
we have a very different show as the perennials show
Big Lunch 2015
The Big Lunch is returning to Approach Gardens on
Saturday July 25th
Best4Hedging Competition Win!
The garden has won 250 hedge plants in the best4hedging facebook competition. Planting has begun - but its going to take some time!!!
We received six native species of hedges including Hawthorn and Dog Rose.
We have added a hedge within the pond area, to shield the pond and provide a habitat for wildlife. There is also hedging in front of the pond, as well as some wonderful dog rose hedging towards the corner of the garden!
A massive thanks to Colin and Frank for spending so much time planting these great hedges!