Although the group hasn't been meeting because of lockdown the garden has come into bloom beautifully because our leaders have popped in now and then to keep things ticking over.  Click on the arrows to see how it looks at the beginning of summer and click on image for larger picture.

This is how the garden looked this spring.  In the first picture the new path shows off the divided beds, with new fruit trees, greengage on the left and plum to the right.  Newly sown wildflowers are also clearly visible to the right. The second picture shows the new path with its fresh bark and the overall impression on a lovely spring day two weeks later.  Plenty of work still to do!

We have been working here in Silverdale on a whole variety of projects for the last 30 years! The owners, Glenn and Dan Shapiro, bred pedigree Blue Faced Leicester sheep and managed the land in an environmentally friendly way.  Our first job was clearing scrub to allow the flower rich limestone meadows to flourish.  Many dry stone walls have been repaired over the years to aid stock management but also they are a valuable habitat in themselves.  All the nooks and crannies give homes to many small mammals and invertebrates.  Since the owners retired, the National Trust now manage most of the land which is a testimony to the valuable work which has been achieved.  However, Glenn and Dan still own a woodland and a wonderful garden, in part of which we have jointly created a ‘bird, bee and butterfly garden’. Look at the photos which prove that wildlife gardens are not all about brambles and nettles!  There are still walls to repair so we can keep up with the skills and teach others to tackle this intriguing art.

 

Simply hover over the first photo and click through the slideshow!  For portrait size, scroll up and down.

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