Here we list things we are ready to do, things we'd like to do soon and things we are a bit unsure about and would like your ideas and comments. Please don't help yourself to any of the things on the list - we like to have a garden co-ordinator present to ensure we do things safely.

Plants: we are often planting up new beds. If you are splitting garden plants and are likely to have spares do contact us.  

Things we are ready to do

  • Annual meadow beds - these are flowering now but usually need some spot weeding.
  • Asparagus bed - weed and prepare.
  • Benches - re-varnish, probably when the garden isn't very busy so people don't sit on wet varnish. 
  • Bird box boulevard - we have put two of the boxes too close together - we need to move one of them.
  • Bumblebee nest pots - we are making a sign and will soon add it to the new signpost - with other signs.  
  • Fruit tree row - need to remove turf and make planting holes - we need a plan first. 
  • Grass edging - lots around the green - needs finishing.
  • Mini greenhouse: need to tether it to the back of the club hut. 
  • Mud bed - we have made a raised bed for children to dig without disturbing the plants. Needs an attractive surround adding. 
  • Peripheral hedge - trim long shoots back with secateurs.
  • Pond edges - clear dried annuals.
  • Strawberries - layering where required.
  • Watering - just the plants that need it most.
  • Water supply structure:  we have started to make a structure around the tank. 
  • Weeding - lots!
  • Woven hazel - clip back cable ties an add fresh willow ties.

Things we are almost ready for:

  • Croquet set: we have been donated a very old croquet set - or at least the hoops and a couple of mallets and a few balls. We will need to find some coloured pegs and have a finishing pegging-out post that needs painting. They might be fun to play with in the green area. A project for Summer 2017 or 2018.
  • Interior of club hut: clean and paint/varnish the floor. We need a long dry day, without lots of people around.

Things we'd like to do but are missing some resources or information:

  • New storage areas - we have a draft plan for indoor storage of garden and woodworking tools and a safe tool-free area for children (and schools). We'd like a covered area for secure storage of wood too. 
  • Club hut: we'd like to re-clad the front (with insulation), replace the window with a serving window/hatch, put some ply on the door and repaint the outside.
  • Veranda - it would be great to have a paved/decked area with shade from the sun and rain. We have the start of a plan.
  • Covered outdoor cooking area including a cob/earth oven. We have the start of a plan.
  • Lean-to mini greenhouse - we have been donated an unused one (with polycarbonate) - thanks Jennifer! If we can build a new storage area we can attach the greenhouse to it. 
  • Outdoor furniture: it would be good to have a couple of benches of different heights fixed to the front of the club hut (after it is re-clad). 
  • Wheelbarrow planter - another one of our 'tip' barrows finally died on us but we think we could make a planter out of it. Not sure where though.

Things we have recently completed:

  • Bay tree: planted a donated tree - October 2016.
  • Benches - nine have been restored and arm rests installed - April 2016. They could do with another coat of stain.
  • Bird box Boulevard - August 2016.
  • Bird Cafe - January 2016.
  • Blue chairs - repainted August 2016.
  • Box plants in new perennial bed - February 2017
  • Bugopolis - re-made August 2016
  • Broad bean bed - December 2016.
  • Bumblebee nest pots - February 2016 -  installed to the left of the entrance gate.
  • Cold frame - two down, one to go - April 2016.
  • Comfrey (and teasel) bed - July 2016.
  • Compost bins - January 2016.
  • Corner shrub bed - May 2017. 
  • Club hut interior - new shelves, hooks, blackboard, noticeboard and removing the old carpets - December 2016.
  • Club hut roof and guttering: repaired in December 2015/January 2016.
  • Crocus borders - planted up November 2016.
  • Daffodil and narcussis planting - November 2016.
  • Dogwood hoops on gate - July 2017.
  • Fig tree - January 2017.
  • Geckos and butterfly - repainted and installed August 2016.
  • Grass paths to club hut - January 2017.
  • Hardwood raised beds - December 2016.
  • Hatracks - re-stored - April 2016.
  • Hazel fence around the pond - March 2017.
  • Hedgehog feeder - November 2016 (now turned into a hibernating zone because we were just feeding mice!).
  • Herb raised bed - December 2016.
  • Hollyhock bed: new bed by the entrance ramp - planted with daffodils and two small hollyocks being grown on first - November 2016. 
  • Jerusalem artichoke bed - May 2017.
  • Leaf bin - January 2016 - and second one in February and then two more over the summer.
  • Log circle - April 2016.
  • Low bench - repainted August 2016.
  • Minibeast mansion - May 2016.
  • Mini pond - May 2017.
  • Mint bed - February 2017.
  • Mown paths - June 2016.
  • Narrow beds - all hand-prepared by March 2016 - and four extra ones where the raised beds will be - April 2016. Edged April 2017.
  • Native hedge - January 2017. 
  • Passionflower wigwam - July 2017
  • Path edging - we found every edge to the tarmac twice. The high turf was graded down in height. 
  • Paving by club hut - May 2017.
  • Perennial beds - from September 2016.
  • Perennial sown meadow - February 2017.
  • Plant Plaza - stand for plants (or marrows!) - March 2016.
  • Pond and decked area - designed and created by Guy Belcher, The Gaskin Brothers and garden volunteers. November 2016. 
  • Pond-dipping benches - two made by April 2017.
  • Raised beds - made in October 2016 by Guy and Julian- just need filling and planting.
  • Redcurrant and crabapple bed - June 2016.
  • Rhubarb row - February 2016.
  • Runner bean A frame and climbing French bean wigwams - May 2017.
  • Scented bed around Lorna's bench. June 2017.
  • Spud planters - April 2017.
  • Stepping stones - cast in concrete, with seashells and ammonites - November 2016.
  • Stinky plant food urn (for plants): May 2017.
  • Sunflower bed - May 2016.
  • Sweetcorn bed - February 2017.
  • Sweet pea wigwam - April 2016, re-located in 2017.
  • Sweet pea supports: four woven red dogwood balls - May 2017. 
  • Table tops - two made - April 2016.
  • Trestles - four made - for use for a workbench or table (April 2016).
  • Veg ditch 2 - July 2016.
  • Waterbutt stand: January 2016 and six waterbutts - March 2016. 
  • Woodpile - April 2017.
  • Wormery - April 2016.

Last updated: 26 June 2017