• Update August 2018: it has been a really hot dry summer (following a cold, snowy, then wet, then dry and cold Winter and Spring!) and the raingardens dried out completely. But at least one local resident kept them alive with hand watering - thank you! We have just started to re-plant some of the areas, including with even more drought resistant plants. Fingers crossed for kinder weather from now onwards...
 Our friendly bench

Our friendly bench

This is about the project Queen Edith's in Bloom started co-ordinating in 2017. 

Do get in contact if you'd like to be involved in any way.

Planting raingardens

 20 May: the planted beds - after the hard work of Queen Edith in Bloom volunteers, Alison from the RHS and the 28th Cambridge cubs. We have several different kinds of achillea, geraniums, kniphofia (red hot pokers), nepeta (catmint), sedums (iceplants) in the swale beds. Similar ones in the front half of the shrub bed - plus herbs and some extra herbaceous plants. In all three beds we have some extra seeds of calendula (marigolds),  Cerinthe major purpurescens  and dwarf sunflowers - were marked with lolly sticks so we didn't dig them up by mistake. All chosen to be tolerant of dry (and wet) weather and great for pollinators. 

20 May: the planted beds - after the hard work of Queen Edith in Bloom volunteers, Alison from the RHS and the 28th Cambridge cubs. We have several different kinds of achillea, geraniums, kniphofia (red hot pokers), nepeta (catmint), sedums (iceplants) in the swale beds. Similar ones in the front half of the shrub bed - plus herbs and some extra herbaceous plants. In all three beds we have some extra seeds of calendula (marigolds), Cerinthe major purpurescens and dwarf sunflowers - were marked with lolly sticks so we didn't dig them up by mistake. All chosen to be tolerant of dry (and wet) weather and great for pollinators. 

Shrub beds

With our City Ranger and Community Payback we cleared the over-grown shrubs in one of the two beds. We enriched the soil in the front half, have added a path and added a bench.

Phase 2

We'd like to clear and plant up the other shrub bed - maybe with an Oriental theme to match the Chinese supermarket and take away and the existing Chinese weeping willow and cherry tree. But we will need more resources, especially volunteer time, to do this.

Wulfstan raingarden project

  • 24 April 2017 - evening: for 28th cubs - we had two main activities: surveying, soil testing and weeding docks and dandelions; starting to make a tree trail by numbering the trees, working out how old some of them are and how tall some are. We were so busy we didn't get around to doing any drawing but had made some printed 'frames' for 'Favourite trees' and 'A place for wildlife and people to enjoy'.
  • 4 May 2017: Community Payback with Rebecca, prepared beds for planting and also sanded the traditional bench.
  • 6 May 2017: Rebecca & Julian, with Dennis and Freddie, enriched the swale beds with well-rotted horse manure, examining lots of red worms as we did so. Also, we started to carefully prune the other shrub bed to see if we can make areas for new planting and re-vive the existing plants.
  • 8 May 2017, evening, at Nightingale Garden, for 28th cubs - starting some plants off and gardening with Alison from RHS.
  • 20 May 2017: at Wulfstan Way - the big planting morning - with 28th cubs, with Alison from RHS.
  • 3 June 2017: we prepared the back of the shrub bed, made a path, prepared a base for the new bench, did some planting.
  • 17 June 2017: - we did some weeding and watered all the plants - and tried out the giant bubble mix - because it was a hot day and we had some leftover mix.
  • 2 September 2017: Community Action Morning talking about the garden project.
  • October and November 2017: we added some more plants donated from a local garden, some bedding plants and daffodils, tulips and alliums. The alliums we bought with some of the cash collection at the Community Action Day on 2 September.

Next steps: when we have time, we'd like to make a large bug hotel...

Wulfstan 'Favourite Tree' Trail

 The numbering of the trees was done on 24 April by some very energetic cubs, which is why you will get a bit of a workout going to each in sequence!

The numbering of the trees was done on 24 April by some very energetic cubs, which is why you will get a bit of a workout going to each in sequence!

This is a collaborative project with Queen Edith's in Bloom, Streets and Open Spaces at the City Council, 28 Cambridge Cubs, the RHS (and one day will be with The Cambridge Botanic Garden).

  1. We have a Map and list of the trees (from Kenny at the City Council).
  2. We made some temporary labels with numbers on them - for cubs and local volunteers to hang on the trees with string. Printable version of the numbered trees.
  3. We estimated the ages of the trees too by measuring their circumference (OPAL factsheet). From our measuring on 24 April we think:
    1. Tree 1 (medium sized maple) might be 60 years old (about the time the shops were built, maybe); 
    2. Tree 7 (one of the cherry trees in the shrub bed) 43 years old;
    3. Tree 12 (a small maple) might be 15 years old;
    4. Tree 13 (another small maple) might be 20 years old.
    5. The large Norway maple (tree 8), came out as 88 years old, which would be before the shops were built, probably.
  4. We estimated the tree heights too. From our measuring on 24 April, we think:
    1. Tree 8, the large Norway maple might be 22 m high.
    2. [there are some other heights but I can't quite read the writing].
  5. We made some 'factsheets' of the main trees: Chinese weeping willow; Field maple; .
  6. We aimed to encourage people, of all ages, to draw their favourite tree (but we ran out of time): 'frames' for 'Favourite trees'.
  7. Eventually, we aim to work with the Botanic Garden to make and attach some 'proper' labels to some of the trees. This is taking much longer than anticipated because we are all a bit snowed under. We could do something similar at Nightingale Garden and Rec/Park too, especially if we could find a volunteer to take a lead.

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Last updated: 17 August 2018