WATERLODE: The Rotary
Club of Nantwich have paid to have an avenue of trees planted along
Waterlode. The work will be
carried out by contactors. Alderman Butterill
discussed with the club the possibility of working together on a project next
TOWN CENTRE: Kate
McKinnon had discussed her design for a raised flower bed in the town centre.
Stapeley Water Gardens will supply red salvias, orange french marigolds and
yellow french marigolds.
CHURCH WALK: Four cast
iron planters for Church Walk have been ordered as have the two large wooden
planters for the west wall of St Mary's church.
THE COCOA YARD: Thanks to
Andy Butler of Cheshire Lamont (estate agents), excellent progress is being
made. The basket tree will be altered to take 20-inch baskets and the Christmas
tree brackets extend to take 20-inch baskets. A firm has been approached about
supplying filled baskets. Agreement has also been reached on the general siting
of four basket trees down the main walk in the Yard.
AIRMAN'S GRAVE: Meetings
had been held about mowing the area. Now that most of the dead nettle heads have
been mown off, the committee will sow cornfield annuals along the edge of the
car park to give some colour during the summer.
SEEDS: From that point along the riverbank to the railway
crossing, various areas have been rotovated and appropriate wild flower seeds
sown. A living
willow screen has been constructed by the willow coppice with log seats and the
willow archway "tied in" as required (see pictures at the top of the
RIVER BANK: In
areas of the river bank which have been eroded, particularly by the weir pool, choir rolls impregnated
with aquatic plants have been laid.
In talks with Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council Direct Services staff,
early in the month, it was agreed that repairs and repainting to the planter on
the corner of Mill Street and The Square would be carried out. Four new cast
planters would be placed in
front of the Museum,
WILD FLOWER MEADOW: James Thompson (Nantwich Riverside Project Manager) and the
British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) were hosts to a
group of 36 architectural trainees from all around the country. Among
other work, a
strip of land across one of the wild flower meadows was rotovated. Pupils of
Weaver School sowed cornflower annuals.
The group also cleaned out the pond (above) next to the bridge over the Serpentine
visible in the distance (see footnote)
and planted the edges with various water-loving plants. A "living seat"
(left) was made using willow which, says the Chairman, will "I'm sure
cause great amusement." (Picture: Ald. Doug Butterill). The BTCV later
constructed another one near the new willow coppice (top of page, left). The seats will
eventually have a back and sides as the willow grows.
with existing planters
loaned to Elm House.
planter would be placed between Remax estate agents and the Marjorie
Morton dress shop, subject to agreement with the appropriate
owners. Three three-tier planters will be placed on the corner at
the end of Pillory Street and one on the "V" island in the Waterlode.
planters from Church Walk will also be placed there. The new planters in Church
path close to the crocus
cross. The planter in High Street will be repainted and one three-tier planter
will be placed at the
entrance to Snow Hill car park.
MIXED WEATHER: The
36 trainees were employees of Aedas, an international architectural practice, on a bonding exercise. During the
day they were snowed on, rained on, nearly frozen at times, and the
sun shone. But "they all agreed they'd had a great time!", says Alderman Butterill.
School pupils have sowed cornfield annuals and planted wild flower plants in the
wild flower meadow by the Serpentine Lake. Many of these plants
had been sown
and brought on by the pupils, some by James Thompson, and others had been bought
using grant money from Cheshire Year of the Garden.
School pupils have planted wildflower plugs just north of Nantwich baths.
School pupils have planted wild flowers
between the trees that they
planted in November. (See here)
students helped to spread woodchip under the cherry
trees planted by the borough council in the small fenced-off area near the
entrance to the school's car park.
SALT LAKE: James Thomson
(Nantwich Riverside Project Manager) has secured funding from WREN (Waste
Recycling Environmental Ltd) on behalf of Nantwich Town Council for creating and
for a circular walk around the lake (above). The council received £42,000 from
WREN. [The money comes from Waste Recycling
Group Ltd (WRG) from landfill operations.]
SUPPORT: In his report,
Alderman Butterill commented: "As usual we are getting great support from the
Direct Services team of the borough council and James Thomson's support is
outstanding. What would he be like if his job was full time?"
Wild flowers planted
The Chairman sent me the picture (right) and
WEAVER Primary School and staff, with
Nantwich Riverside Project Manager James Thompson (kneeling, left),
helped me plant wild flowers in the field at the extreme southerly end
The borough council planted
several thousand trees there about five years ago. Last November,
Weaver school planted trees supplied by
Cheshire Landscape Trust in a
triangle at the entrance to the site.
The wild flowers include primroses, red campion,
greater stitchwort, wood avens, foxglove, devils
bit scabious and ragged robin.
This area is sometimes called Hellath Wen (meaning 'plentiful white' in Welsh). It was from here that
the salt was pumped to the Brine Baths Hotel. The name, however, confuses
people as there is a road fairly near called Hellath Wen. The children would
like to call the area Coed Wen (Welsh for white wood).
UPDATE: The area is now known as Coed Wen. One report of activity there
can be found at bloom 12) 2.htm
IN his report, the Chairman
mentions the Serpentine lake. He later explained that this was a stretch of
fresh water - the larger new lake is salty - which runs, at one point,
alongside Shrewbridge road (originally called Shrewbridge Lane).
This is the original route of the
Weaver, as can be seen on old maps. Why
Serpentine? Simple. The
water's route is like a snake. Pictured right is one end of
the lake, seen from the bridge over the feed to the lake from the River
Weaver. The lake is seen snaking away into the distance to go past Shrewbridge Road and back to the river through a
Along its route it is river-like but with wider areas or
ponds. There is a map
of the lake on this
page, where it can be seen just above the Nantwich Lake at the bottom of the
THE Chairman of Nantwich Town Council, Cllr Bill
McGinnis, said of the Nantwich in Bloom Committee, in his annual report:
"This voluntary group is largely
responsible for the
attractive flowers and shrubs which go to make Nantwich a town to be proud of.
beaver away in the background, often unsung, and they are not afraid to get
their hands dirty. It is only justice that their efforts have brought so
many awards to the Town.
"This year, they are going for the
big one - the Gold. Let's all try to help by not dropping litter or
otherwise causing an untidy appearance in our town centre."
Nantwich in Bloom were one of
the recipients of a grant from the Town Council.