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 busy making and 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 growing strongly now but usually need spot weeding.
  • 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. 
  • Gate decorating: we have the start of a plan for decorating at least one of the new gates.
  • Grass edging - lots around the green - needs finishing.
  • Lorna bed and bench - finish the planting (roses are in now).
  • 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. 
  • Stagbeetle skyline - Guy could shape them sometime and we could drill some holes in them.  
  • Watering - just the plants that need it most.
  • Water supply structure:  we need to make a structure around the tank. 
  • Weeding - lots!

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:

  • Hugelkultur bed: they need weeding, edging and soil. We will need some scaffold boards first (or tanalised wood). We quite like the 'ladybird tree' (thistle) growing in it at the moment though (even if they are mostly harlequin ones)...
  • 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.
  • Green roofed veranda - it would be great to have a paved area with shade from the sun and rain. We have the start of a plan, which needs to be developed and signed off by a structural engineer. It might be that we decide to make a lighter structure without the green roof.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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: 15 June 2017