This week was the one where we had to do what I have been putting off for ages. I have tried to convince myself that the bluebells around the bridleway bridge are some sort of hybrid and will probably be OK. Looking at the native British bluebells around the snowdrop bench and it becomes really obvious that the bridleway ones are not right.
So out they came.
I feel conflicted in many ways – waste of time putting them in, waste of plants and colour, not listening to advice and thinking it will be ok, etc, etc…
However, we did have a secret supply of proper 100% native snowdrops that are “in-the-green”. This means that they have flowered and are about to suck all the energy out of the green stems, before going to sleep for the rest of the year.
I don’t feel quite so bad knowing that we have replaced the bluebells with something just as pretty. We can put native UK bluebells in on the other side when autumn gets here.
We also did our weekender this week where youngsters can get their Duke of Edinburgh volunteer hours under their belts. Litter pick and last of the ivy clearing and seeding with a wildflower mix.
It will be lovely to see all the colours in the summer.
We have not massively tried to spot wildflowers and minibeasts due to it being quite cold, but we do have a few to add to the list.
Next week we are in May!!
We are going to start at the snowdrop bench and work south for the first two weeks, and north for the second two weeks, snipping and picking litter.
No new Patron supporter sign-ups in April!! If you can spare a couple of quid it helps so much (link on right-hand side).
Our usual Mental Health message – if you are needing human contact – come on down and bring biscuits. We will love you forever!!
Until next week!