SMAWL Update – Oak Tree Corner

The Highworth Road conservation site now has a name:

Oak Tree Corner

Since our last update we have created the path on the far side of the ditch between the two bridges. Huge thanks go to Greenshave Services for donating and delivering two truck-loads of woodchip for this task, and for taking away our green waste. The hedge bordering the road has been trimmed, which will give the new hedging plants space to grow.

The concrete base for the memorial bench has been laid, and is now ready for the bench to be installed. We have also worked on clearing the central bed ready for planting the perennial wildflowers we’ve grown from seed (hundreds of them!). We have 600 wildflower bulbs to plant this autumn – wild daffodils, ramsons, wood anemones, bluebells, and snakeshead fritillaries.

The next tasks on the site, apart from the planting, include completing the bridge ends, weeding around the new hedge next to the bungalow, laying the top surface for the main path and the teaching area, and installing seating in the teaching area, made from oak donated by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.

The next working day is on Saturday 13th October. If you can spare even just an hour or so, you’ll be made very welcome – no experience necessary.

So far in 2012, volunteers have given around 300 hours’ work; with more volunteers we could achieve even more!

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