Conservation Through the Year
By Noel Moss - Chairman of The Bourne Conservation Group
Working in South Farnham in Surrey, The Bourne Conservation Group has almost completed its annual cycle of work for the benefit of residents and the wide variety of local wildlife. Although much of this involves woodland management there is a strong element of planting on the more formal sites and it is there that the Group has been most grateful for the generous supply of donated Miracle-Gro Expand’n Gro compost.
2015 started with briefing the volunteers who had agreed to grow-on plants in their greenhouses for use later in the year, and issuing them with bags of compost. In May the flower tubs, hanging baskets and window boxes in the shopping area were cleaned out and re-planted for the Summer season. Soon afterwards there was a longish drought during which regular evening watering became imperative.
The hard work paid off and, by the time the South East in Bloom judges arrived in July, everything was in good order as was also the nearby Community Wildlife Garden.
This all greatly helped the town to gain yet another gold medal in the Large Town category of the competition which complemented the same award made in the Town Centre category. The picture shows the Chairman giving the judges the low down on the underlying geology of the site.
July also saw the Group set up shop on The Green for The Bourne Show. This included an extremely well stocked and attractive Plant Stall with all plants either grown by the volunteers or donated by other members. The photograph shows the high quality of what was on sale and this undoubtedly contributed to raising a goodly sum which will help meet annual running costs of insurance, website, tools and the like.
In October the hanging baskets were taken down and put away for another year, but the tubs were stripped of annual plants, topped up with compost and replanted with Spring bulbs and pansies ready for 2016. In parallel other work with the same aim was undertaken in the Community Wildlife Garden and in the Old Churchyard where new clumps of native daffodils have been planted. Below are some recent shots of pollinators that we are doing all we can to support with the right nourishment and habitats.
We end this short report by expressing grateful thanks to The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company for their generosity in providing compost to support our planting activities, and for their interest in our work.