Welcome!

Thank you to everyone who managed to tear themselves away from the buzz at St Peter’s and came over to say hello at the Town Hall –  and a very warm welcome to all those who picked up a card, and are visiting our blog for the first time.

St Peter’s 2 March 2019

We are a small group who aim to make Sudbury greener, using sustainable planting in areas that have been slightly neglected in the past. If you scroll down (or perhaps go to the beginning of the blog and work your way forwards) you will see a little bit more about the sorts of things we’ve been doing over the past five years. You will also find information there about other groups and individuals around town who are trying to make a difference by planting up forgotten corners or picking up litter.

Town Hall

We meet on the first Friday of the month at one of our sites in town. By clicking on the ‘follow’ button (near the bottom on the right) you will receive the blog post by email, letting you know where to meet, and about any other events we think might interest you. We will not bombard you with emails (usually only one a month) and we never share your information with anyone else. Of course, you can also just check in every so often to see what we’re doing.

Quay Theatre tidy-up

At our last Friday Tidy we were heartened to see that the buds are coming out on the fruit bushes and trees at the Quay car park garden – they have all survived!

Buds!

Our next task is to  clear the wildflower bed at the Kingfisher car park, and refill with even more nectar-rich plants – pollinators need our help!

Pollinators: decline in numbers

There is evidence that bees and other pollinator populations are less healthy and abundant than they have been. If action is not taken, pollinator declines will have serious implications for food production and the ornamental garden, since many plants rely on bees and other insects, such as hoverflies to transfer pollen from one flower to another in order to set fruits and seeds.

You can read the rest of this RHS article by clicking here.

If you can use a trowel, secateurs, a fork or a spade, do join us! You need not ‘sign up’, just turn up for half an hour or a couple of hours – we would be delighted to see you!

Friday Tidy in March…

Join us at 10:00 on the first Friday of the month for our…

Friday Tidy!

dscf7963 Meet on 1 March at the Quay for some sorting out, fixing up and, of course, weeding. New faces always welcome – just come along ready for some gardening!

Afterwards, we’ll be having a cup of tea and preparing for Sudbury on Show on Saturday!

Friday Tidy in January…

A Happy New Year to One and All!

Join us at 10:00 on the first Friday of the month for our…

Friday Tidy!

dscf7963 Meet on 4 January at the Quay for some sorting out, fixing up and, of course, weeding. New faces always welcome – just come along ready for some gardening!

Friday Tidy in December…

Join us at 10:00 on the first Friday of the month for our…

Friday Tidy!

dscf7963 Meet on 7 December at the Quay for our last 2018 get together and some sorting out, fixing up and, of course, weeding. New faces always welcome – just come along ready for some gardening!

Friday Tidy in August

Our rain dances worked (eventually)!
So, join us at 10:00 on the first Friday of the month for our…

Friday Tidy!

dscf7963 Meet on 3 August at the Quay Theatre at 10:00 and around 11:00 at the Kingfisher, for some sorting out, fixing up and, of course, weeding. New faces always welcome – just come along ready for some gardening!

How do trees get online…?

…they just log in.*

This morning was spent putting the last few log ‘steps’ in at the Quay, to make a path through the garden. The earth is as dry as dust, but we’re still trying to do only essential watering.

Lovely to see the Towpath Team (who work on the Quay seating area) this morning, having tea and Jaffa cakes in the sunshine – they’d already been there for an hour or two when we arrived, trying to avoid the intense heat of the day.

Enjoy the weather this weekend – but we won’t tell anyone if you decide that you want to join us in a tiny little rain dance at some point or other!

*Apologies for the joke. It was a bit wooden. I blame the internet.

Friday Tidy in July…

Join us at 10:00 on the first Friday of the month for our…

Friday Tidy!

dscf7963 Meet at 10:00 on 6 July at the Quay for some sorting out, fixing up and, of course, weeding. New faces always welcome – just come along ready for some gardening!

Up to date…

A combination of family events and a broken computer has meant that updates have been few and far between recently – of course, some of you might be happy about that! Nevertheless, how about a quick look back at what we’ve been doing recently?

At the beginning of May we were delighted to take part in the annual Flower Market alongside professional plant growers. It was a glorious sunny day, and the crowds were out in force – a big thank you to those who purchased plants from us and stopped for a chat. Every penny will go back into supporting the work we are doing around town.

In May, we were delighted to see that the fruit trees and bushes we’d planted at the Quay Theatre car park had not only survived the winter but were now sporting blossom, and the tiny alpine strawberries were also flowering.

Now, towards the end of June, the hot weather has been quite challenging – whilst the trees and bushes continue to flourish,  there might not be as much fruit as we had hoped for.  Meanwhile, there are sunflowers growing, lavender has been planted, and poppies and marigolds add a welcome splash of colour.

Back in May, the Quay seating area overlooking the water was looking resplendent with dozens of beautiful Californian poppies brightening the space.

This week, the colours have changed, and pinks and purples dominate.

We were very pleased to see that many of the plants we originally put in have survived – all thanks to the ongoing efforts of the Quay volunteers who now look after the area! Do pop in and have a look –  it’s the most peaceful setting for a little quiet contemplation!

We continue to tend the pots at the back of Roy’s – which are suffering in the heat, but still looking okay. The beds at the Kingfisher leisure centre are also surviving. Although the wildflower bed is probably past its best, the edible bed is filled with plants sturdy enough (in the main) to survive the heat and lack of rainfall.

Kingfisher wildflowers in mid-May.

Kingfisher wildflowers in late June.

But look – some escapees have made a home next door! Nature will always find a way!

Finally, a quick reminder that our next Friday Tidy will be on 6 July. Keep a look out for our usual reminder, and do join us if you can!