October has been another month that has kept us very busy, with lots of different work under- taken.
We have been making great progress with the hedge cutting and this work should see us well into the winter months.
Whilst undertaking this work we came across a large wasp nest right in the hedge where we were cutting, this was soon taken care of so it would not pose a problem to anyone.
Some of the more useful lengths of wood are going to be used to repair the “wig-whams” which the younger children enjoy playing in and the older ones enjoy vandalising. Other bits of hedge cuttings are being used to make habitat piles In the Parish Council Nature Area and to fill in gaps in the hedges, the rest we are now shredding and are using as mulch in the bottom of the hedges.
We have had some vandalism done in the Parish Council Nature Area, this has included another of the bird-boxes being knocked down (this would have taken a fair amount of force to knock down as it was well secured when we put it up.)
We have also had a number of the Dogwood plants that make the circler planted areas there damaged, this in some ways is not a problem as they will grow back but what won’t grow back is the Oak tree that was the central feature of this planting as it’s been snapped off at ground level. I have since replaced this with a Hazel sapling.
I have been doing some more work on the Memorial Meadow park area, this has included being in contact with local resident and his young son who have grown a number of small Oak tree’s that they asked if they could plant down there, so this fitted in really well with my plans to have the pathways lined with a corridor of oaks, So it was just a matter of me cutting the grass and marking the area out for the resident and his son to plant out these trees in there own time (which they have done). I have put tree guards around all the trees that they have planted, and these fit in really well with the oak trees I donated and planted earlier in the year.
With regard to trees, I have a number of Hazel trees I’ve grown from nuts that were collected last year and I’m going to plant these along the edge of the Parish Council Nature Area where in the past I’ve tried Dogwood cuttings that were pulled out by the local kids (maybe there red stems made them stand-out and thus become a target?)
More Acorns, Hazel Nuts and for something different Sweet Chestnuts have now been collected and potted up and are being grown on, to plant out in the future on what ever Parish Council project requires them.
I also intend to take some more cuttings of Dogwoods and to try Wild Pear cuttings again after the ones I took last year started to show signs of growth and then all suddenly died.
I have been busy watering and rolling the newly laid turf on the large football pitch goal mouth after it was put down, and I hope with all the effort I’ve now put into it that it will bring this area of the pitch back to a playable standard.
The paint that was poured in front of the bench near Sour Close has taken a fair bit of elbow grease to sort out but I think I’ve just about got on top of it now.
I’ve also planted a number of Lilac trees that have been donated to us.
I thought a good place to put them would be along the fence between the village hall car park and the school playing field; I’ve already planted a row of Buddleia plants here and think the purple of these will go well with the newly planted Lilac trees.
The later half of this month has seen a change in the weather for the worse, which has been causing a few delays in more of the Groundsman duties that we do.
Anyone who walks on the Meadow Lane football pitch will have seen the piles of hedge cuttings there and when the weather allows we will deal with these in an appropriate manner as already mentioned earlier in this report.
Again when the weather has allowed I’ve been cutting the grass to extend the area either side of the trees on the war memorial planting, the ground here is very poor with bricks, large stones, wire-cables and other detritus littering the area, these are being removed when ever we come across them and over time we should be able to bring it up to a acceptable standard.
This is all for this month, thank you for your time.
SAM BEVINS (HEAD GROUNDSMAN TO H.P.C.)