It was quite exciting to see the next round of planting beginning, with some herbs, an eleagnus tree, strawberries and other soft fruit planted through the mulch, and groups of daffodils on the edges of the site. We also continued cutting back some nettles and mulching with cardboard and woodchips at the far end of the plot. And we found a frog, blew down the hollow stems of old cow parsley, swung on the swing and ate a whole bag of grapes.
Many thanks to everyone who donated and delivered plants, bulbs, woodchips, cardboard, tools and time and enthusiasm.
We still have loads more bulbs to plant, hopefully some more plants on the way, and a bit more clearing and mulching to do, so we thought we’d aim to have an extra work party on Thursday 29th October, which is half term. Come and play!
Despite it being the summer holidays work has continued at Stratford Court mainly thanks to the wonderful Jessie and her children who have soldiered on and spread the huge pile of woodchip.
They have also cut back the pesky brambles and nettles that had broken through the first layer. See the photos for how it looks now.
We are expecting another delivery of woodchip in the next week or so. We plan to use some of this to create paths through the fruit trees that we planted in the spring.
Stroud District Council have also given Edible Stroud an area in Stratford park where we can plant some trees. We will be planning and raising money for this in the next couple of months ready to begin planting in the winter.
Woodchip down and a swing up!
Edible Stroud Update ~ April 2015
A small fruit and nut orchard has been established next to the mulched area, with the help of Stroud Valleys Project. Greengages, plums, cherries, hazelnuts and soft fruit bushes were planted out in their new home on a wet February morning.
In the autumn, bulbs will be planted around the fruit trees. This mini forest garden will grow into a magnet for wildlife and human life, creating food, shade, habitat and beauty.
Along the back of the small fruit and nut orchard and the mulched area a border of dogwood cuttings has been planted. As these become established they will act as a barrier against the invasion of brambles and sycamores into the forest garden area.
Work on mulching the brambled area continues, so let us know if you hear of a source of large sheets of cardboard, woodchip, shreddings or other mulch material.
Once again, thanks to all the volunteers who have helped so far!