Continuing our maintenance programme, this coming Sunday – 26th October (11.00 am – 1.00 on) will be our last session for 2014. Weather permitting, and hoping the Parks and Open Spaces of Royal Greenwich have been able to cut the meadow, we will rough rake the meadow and sow seeds, thin out some of the pond vegetation, and if necessary cut back any brambles.
Autumn is truly beautiful as Nature winds down for the Winter. It is also a reminder that there is much to do if we want to ensure all is ready for the glorious rebirth of Spring. The anticipation of Spring certainly helps me get through the dark, gloomy, cold days of Winter and I am always amazed how the bright crocus emerges from the frozen, and and often snow covered, ground.
During 2014 the Friends of Eaglesfield Park have endeavoured to carry out a regular maintenance programme for the pond and meadow. We are very few in number and although not expert wildlife gardeners, we have derived a great deal of pleasure in creating a successful habitat. There were times though when we were not sure if we were doing the right thing!
We therefore invited Alex Draper from Froglife to check out our progress and were delighted by his comment “your pond is definitely providing vital habitat value for your park”. With renewed enthusiasm we continue to do what we can to create a focal point for the wildlife and hopefully for the pleasure of all visitors to the park.
However we really do need “extra pairs of hands”. Although our aim is to provide a natural “wild” pond and meadow, it is important the meadow has a varied flora and that plants such as dock, thistle, nettles, brambles (the “thugs”) do not take over. We also need to encourage nectar rich plants by sowing annual wildflowers. The pond also requires attention. Invasive waterside grasses and lilies should be thinned out, and the duck weed should be reduced.
And of course, there are the “perennial” tin cans, bottles, plastic bags and specimen items of clothing that require removal. These are not just unsightly, they can also be dangerous to the wildlife.
Would you like to be part of the Spring Preparations? We would certainly appreciate any time you could spare. It doesn’t have to be hard work. If we manage to get the surrounding meadow prepared, we will need folk to simply “tread in” the seeds – i.e. walk up and down !!
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide tools, so could you kindly bring your own e.g. garden (not lawn) rakes/spades (for the more energetic!), secateurs (for brambles). Don’t forget to wear old clothes and wellies and to bring some sturdy gardening gloves.
Looking forward to Spring. Hopefully the crocus will be even better in 2015.