You are invited to a:
Plum and Cobnut Day 10:00-15:00 August 18 2018
Everyone is welcome to an open day to study and celebrate Britain’s traditional Plums and Cobnuts at Home Farm, Thrandeston, Suffolk. Learn all about these fascinating orchard varieties and their place in our orchard history and landscape.
Parking available, with the event a short walk away over grassy level ground. Contact Howard Jones at Howard.Jones@uea.ac.uk for more information or to make a booking.
NB: this is not a greenerSudbury event.
Our rain dances worked (eventually)!
So, join us at 10:00 on the first Friday of the month for our…
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!
…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.
Anglia in Bloom is coming to Sudbury today – and we will be at the Quay car park from 10:45 am and at the Kingfisher from around noon to greet the judges. If you have helped on either of these projects (you know who you are!) do come along and lend your support/wax lyrical/smile enthusiastically!
It would also be great to see the Quay volunteers who have taken over the Quay Theatre seating area.
Finally, Dan from Activ Lives sends this message:
We are really chuffed with all the help we have had at Belle Vue Park. Please come and share this high point of our second year when the Anglia in Bloom Judges come to Sudbury.
We would love a hand watering everything too.
As ever: Thursday, 10am – 12.30pm in Belle Vue Park, Sudbury.
Parking on Ingrams Well Road.
I think they are coming just about tea time – but I’d love it if you felt like talking to them about how gardening in the Park or in your area of the towns of Sudbury or Cornard has helped you.
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.
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!
Dan’s June Dates for your Diary
Wednesday 6th – Town Centre Bedding
For those reading this on Wednesday, Sudbury in Bloom are planting up the town centre this morning and would love any help.
Thursday 7th Belle Vue Park Picnic (Taste of Sudbury Fringe Event) Volunteering Day 10-12 followed by a shared picnic to celebrate the fabulous Food Festive. (BBC Radio Suffolk Interview at 2.40 as well.)
Sunday 10th Taste of Sudbury Food Festival – Town Centre
Monday 11th Volunteer Safari:
10am -12 Sudbury Train Station Gardens and Painting
1pm Siam Gardens – Alkanet tidy up
2.30-5pm Sandringham Court – Convolvulus tidy up.
As always, of course, regular Thursdays in Belle Vue Park….. It’s looking stunning.
This post published on behalf of Dan at ActivLives.