Amazing working party from local biotech company

Massive thanks to the 38 or so people from MedImmune (based at Granta Park but moving soonish to the Biomedical Campus) who came along yesterday for a corporate social responsibility day. It was their, and our, first.

They were ably and enthusiastically supervised by four garden volunteers (Andre, Julian, Rebecca and Sam) and Guy, Vic and Ed from the Council.

We hope they will come back sometime - especially when the flowers and sun were out.


Despite cold and often rainy weather we:


A hole big and deep enough to lie in - suggestion of making it into a hot tub.

A hole big and deep enough to lie in - suggestion of making it into a hot tub.

Dug (and re-filled) three test pits in the pond area - and can now make a decision about what techniques to use in the Autumn. Lots of clay but not the right kind and the hole doesn't hold water. So it will be a liner and geotextile.


Log circle with spaces for intrepid wheelchairs to enter.

Log circle with spaces for intrepid wheelchairs to enter.

Made a log social area for kids.


The trouble with encouraging wildlife is they poop on your fresh stain!

The trouble with encouraging wildlife is they poop on your fresh stain!

Scraped, sanded down and woodstained all the nine benches that will remain in the garden (two will be replaced).


The birds are decorating the hatstands too...

The birds are decorating the hatstands too...

Sanded and painted the two hatstands.


Cut up the woodpile and buried most of it in two new hugelkultur beds. They just need soil adding.


Worked with Guy to cut up and move most of the ditch wood - we were only limited by trailer space. Some of it can be re-used in the garden - maybe small raised beds.


These look very posh now. Might need to get some more sweetpeas though - it has been a bit chilly recently for direct-sown ones (or mice have nibbled them).

These look very posh now. Might need to get some more sweetpeas though - it has been a bit chilly recently for direct-sown ones (or mice have nibbled them).

Filled in the sweet pea pyramids with lattice willow.


Prepared a second bee border, which the gardening for health group have started to plant up.


Painted some wooden acorns for the soft fruit stakes.

Made a template and put a base layer of paint on two bird boxes and stripes on a tree stake to attach them to.

Repaired the feet of the wooden bench.

Sanded down the new blue chairs.

Made two more bird boxes.

Made two more trestles and a top for a work table.

Made a cold frame.

Dismantled lots more pallets.

Painted some croquet hoops.

Phew! More photos to follow.

Last updated: 30 April 2016