Cortis Avenue Wildlife Garden Update

Posted on 25 November 2020

Over the last six months, the Wildlife Garden has been thriving, blissfully unaware of the pandemic. Although closed to general visitors, the garden has been a sanctuary for our volunteers, and has benefited from their high level of TLC.

Between April and July, volunteers visited in twos for three sessions a week. Since August we have expanded to four volunteers each session, again covering three sessions a week. By appointment we will show visitors around during a session, providing the total number at the garden stays at six or less.

Other Covid safety measures are also in place, including everyone using their own gloves, handwashing and sanitising, mask wearing if people have to get close to each other, and disinfecting tools and furniture at the end of the session. Only one person is allowed in the office hut and tool store at any one time – which brings some challenges with heavy rain showers.

Over the spring and summer the garden suffered with the drought and the pond got very low, despite our work last year to double water storage capacity. Very helpful neighbours did provide us with some water. Drought tolerant plants, like wild carrot, teasel, vipers bugloss and oxeye daisies thrived, but the apple trees haven’t done well this year.

Butterflies were abundant – brimstone, small skipper, peacock (with nettles covered in caterpillars), speckled wood, gatekeeper, and a marbled white. And of course the cinnabar moths, with their stripy caterpillars stripping the ragwort bare.

Just before lockdown we had thankfully just completed the installation of our composting toilet, and in the last month have put in the soakaway. Clearing the area for the toilet has enabled us to plant a new hedgerow of dogwood, alder and common buckthorn, under-planted with red campion and primroses.

For the autumn and winter there is plenty to keep us all busy. We are remodelling the small pond to make it more child friendly, creating bare earth areas in the meadow and seeding for next year, clearing paths, weeding borders, and tackling invasive brambles and bindweed. Let us hope that by next Spring we will be able to welcome the public back to enjoy the garden as we can.

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Great to have stuff to harvest at the allotment today and so thrilled that we actually managed to grow some decent sized broccoli and cauli this year - a first!! Thanks to Andy, Dimitri, Tracey and Alfie for coming to help plant and weed today.

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Richard Battson and Merry Curd, who have been TTW members since we began, have a delightful, tranquil little urban wood in the heart of Broadwater. They would very much like others to benefit from its peace and beauty, so we wondered whether anyone would be interested in forming a little Friends Group to enjoy this lovely space and help with maintenance - which is pretty minimal, as its a rewilded space so just needs a bit of tweaking when things get a bit rampant!

If anyone is interested in visiting to take a look before committing to anything, please contact Richard or Merry on 01903 231706.

Richard Battson and Merry Curd, who have been TTW members since we began, have a delightful, tranquil little urban wood in the heart of Broadwater. They would very much like others to benefit from its peace and beauty, so we wondered whether anyone would be interested in forming a little Friends Group to enjoy this lovely space and help with maintenance - which is pretty minimal, as it's a rewilded space so just needs a bit of tweaking when things get a bit rampant!

If anyone is interested in visiting to take a look before committing to anything, please contact Richard or Merry on 01903 231706.
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Michael Little

Ever since I found out that earthworms have taste buds all over the delicate pink strings of their bodies, I pause dropping apple peels into the compost bin, imagine the dark, writhing ecstasy, the sweetness of apples permeating their pores. I offer beets and parsley, avocado, and melon, the feathery tops of carrots.

I’d always thought theirs a menial life, eyeless and hidden, almost vulgar—though now, it seems, they bear a pleasure so sublime, so decadent, I want to contribute however I can, forgetting, a moment, my place on the menu.

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Very busy day yesterday at the Repair Cafe, huge thanks to all our wonderful volunteers and those who chose to repair rather than bin stuff. 

36 repairs brought in and we managed to fix a lot of them. Sadly there are always some that cant be mended as they are designed not to be repairable - either almost impossible to dismantle or put back together again, or spare parts unavailable. The right to repair law leaves a lot still to be desired (see https://www.wired.co.uk/article/right-to-repair-uk)

Very busy day yesterday at the Repair Cafe, huge thanks to all our wonderful volunteers and those who chose to repair rather than bin stuff.

36 repairs brought in and we managed to fix a lot of them. Sadly there are always some that can't be mended as they are designed not to be repairable - either almost impossible to dismantle or put back together again, or spare parts unavailable. The right to repair law leaves a lot still to be desired (see www.wired.co.uk/article/right-to-repair-uk)
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We're so pleased our clock is back in working order. Probably such a simple fix for you guys, but meant a lot to me. Thank you again!! 😊

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