Reality checkpoint?

 An enthusiastic marking of the centre of the grass circle, which won't become a helicopter landing pad or, hopefully, attract aliens.

An enthusiastic marking of the centre of the grass circle, which won't become a helicopter landing pad or, hopefully, attract aliens.

Parkers Piece in town has a reality checkpoint at the centre of its paths. After a Friday afternoon of marking out paths in the former green area, we now have a survey marker 'checkpoint'. 

This is to help the Council when they come to prepare beds for annual meadow flower sowing.


 Dark stripes of earth, which we hope will become colourful stripes of flowers.

Dark stripes of earth, which we hope will become colourful stripes of flowers.

We have also been marking out narrow beds for seed sowing. This is a low-cost, and accessible, way of growing plants.

Also, in case we don't have a reliable water supply soon, we can water just thin lines of plants rather than large areas. It also helps us define paths and larger areas that could become permanent planting.


 Two leaf mould bins, all made from waste materials - plus two sets of hinges from Cambridge Wood Works' closing down sale.

Two leaf mould bins, all made from waste materials - plus two sets of hinges from Cambridge Wood Works' closing down sale.

On Sunday afternoon, we also finished a second leaf mould bin, although it might be tempting to put naughty humans in it... or volunteer gardeners who eat the last chocolate digestive.


 Freshly cut hedge, ready for lots of bird nesting, we hope.

Freshly cut hedge, ready for lots of bird nesting, we hope.

We were delighted to see the Council had visited this week to cut the peripheral mixed native hedge - it looks very smart now.

We had rescued some long material from it a week or so ago in case we can use it for weaving over the next few weeks.


 Local willow, fresh from the car roof - ready for stripping and grading

Local willow, fresh from the car roof - ready for stripping and grading

On Saturday, we were also given the opportunity to cut some local willow. It is Harrison's variety, which was grown commercially around the St Ives (Cambs) area.

This is now graded and maturing. We hope we can make some structures for the garden with it.

We will also start some living willow cuttings, in case people would like to try growing it - it is vigorous and produces very long, straight growth each year. We are not sure it is suitable for growing in the garden or park (or yet) but might make a good feature in a larger garden, away from buildings and water supply.