Now the garden is fairly established, we have evolved a calendar of events, some for fun and some to keep the garden developing.

We advertise events on the new noticeboard by the garden gates and via QECF Local events guide, which you can sign up for by e-mail (for a Friday evening e-mail).

In general, we like to have open-to-all meet-ups:

  • On Sunday or Monday afternoons (our regular garden volunteers sessions) that are also holidays. So these can be Boxing Day, Easter Monday, Bank holidays. We also had a Little Get Together in June because the Big Walk was passing through Cambridge. Our Tuesday morning social walkers like to arrange get togethers in the garden too.
  • For national garden events like: RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch (late January), October's Wildlife Trust/RHS' Wild in the Garden.
  • To coincide with garden and allotment gluts - Queen Edith's Abundance on a Sunday in mid-August.
  • For ecology... when we have volunteers to lead sessions. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, we have had an annual bat watch and overnight moth trap in early July. For 2017, we'd like to do a late-summer moth trap too.

Typical calendar of garden and wildlife management tasks (information from County Council resources):

  • January to March: construct new ponds;
  • April to May: plant pond plants; cut some summer meadows and remove cuttings;
  • April to August: water establishing trees, shrubs and hedges and keep the bases weed free;
  • July and August: cut tussocky grass, other kinds of meadow, and remove cuttings;
  • September to October: Plant bulbs under trees; Prune trees (not all fruit trees) and shrubs; Sow some kinds of meadow; prune buddleia after flowering;
  • September to November: clear fallen leaves from ponds; remove excess plant growth; keep a patch of pond surface ice free; Cut spring meadow and remove cuttings;
  • September to December: Collect seeds and grow on in pots;
  • September to January: install bird, bat and hedgehog boxes;
  • October to November: cut summer meadow and remove cuttings;
  • October to January: clean out bird nestboxes and remove old nests;
  • October to February: Plant trees, shrubs and hedges in frost-free conditions;
  • November to December: plant butterfly garden;
  • November to February: trim hedges.

Other (Inter)national ecology events

See the new Cambridge Wild page for other useful links.

Last updated: 9 July 2017