The  wildflower meadows in May      A NANTWICH IN BLOOM PAGE 

HERE is the May 2008 report from Alderman Doug Butterill, Chairman of the Nantwich in Bloom Committee, to his committee. Ald Butterill kindly allows me to see a copy for use on this website. The pictures are also supplied by him. 

 

 

 

 

 

Bluebells planted by Weaver School pupils

WEAVER School pupils have helped plant wild flower plants on the two wildflower meadows by the Serpentine Lake. They also sowed cornfield annuals which I'm pleased to say are now germinating.

The bluebells they planted are at last flowering but as they are so late the grass is hiding the flowers.  They will look much better next year.

   One of the flowers they planted by the Serpentine Lake was cowslip (right). These flowers are showing up well and can be seen from Shrewbridge road.  I believe these are the first cowslip flowers in the wild in Nantwich.

   Similarly, primroses have been planted by the copse opposite the airman's grave and in "Coed Wen". This planting is effective, but it is expensive and I have, therefore, ordered about 1,200 little plugs of these flowers through Direct services and Stoke City Nurseries. We will plant these in plastic trays and grow them on and plant out in the Autumn or early Spring 2009.

   The initial pricking out will not be strenuous and I believe we can call on a variety of groups to help.

Market Street Church Youth club have already volunteered. The plugs are normally available between July and September - possibly during the school holidays - which will, of course, mean the schools will not be able to help.

   My thanks to David Smith and David Hinde for helping to plant wild flower plugs between the trees planted by Weaver School in "Coed Wen" field. This planting was completed by Weaver School pupils who, because of the confusion of the name Helath Wen with the road of the same name, would like to call this area Coed Wen.

   Helath Wen, I understand, means plentiful white. This is the area from which brine was pumped to the Brine

 

 

 

Baths Hotel when it was in its prime. Coed Wen means White Wood.

 

WYCHE School have also helped plant wild flower plugs by the River Weaver, just north of Nantwich baths. The enthusiasm of both pupils and staff was infectious. James Thompson (Nantwich Riverside Project Manager) was in charge.

 

ALL the plants for the planters have now been ordered from Les Holman Nurseries and will be available at the end of May or the beginning of June. I have not heard when the new planters will arrive and the Borough Council planters will not come until the winter/spring displays have been stripped.

  One advantage of the cold spring was that the floral displays have lasted much longer. I don't think they have ever looked better and I'm sure you will all agree that the help from Direct Services is fantastic. With the much warmer weather, many of the flowers have passed their best and the weeds are taking advantage. I've noticed the planters by Elm House have suddenly gone to look bad.  David Smith and I will clear them.

 

THE stand at the Weaver Stadium - Nantwich Town Football Club's ground - for the community games was a useful PR exercise. My thanks to all who helped, especially Connie who was there all morning!

 

THE new railings by the station are a vast improvement and staff working on the Indian restaurant  (now called Natraj) have cut back all the buddleia and generally  improved this blackspot. Unfortunately, Bridgemere Nurseries are still not in a position to supply us with herbaceous plants.  Mark and his assistant are keeping the small grassed area neatly trimmed.

 

DAVID Smith and I accompanied Glyn Ollier to see the summer plants at Stoke City Nurseries. I have to say we were very impressed with the quality and their wish to help us do well in the RHS finals. We really do have a lot of support. 

 

BAKER Wynne Wilson estate agents have agreed to sponsor the pole planters in Pillory Street. The amount has not yet been agreed, but this was gladly forthcoming.

 

THE COCOA YARD:  The exact siting of the basket trees in The Cocoa Yard has now been agreed. David Latham has made a great job of changing the existing basket tree to take 20-inch baskets.  In total, Cheshire Lamont estate agents have ordered 10 baskets. With the Borough's help, they will be planted to depict the "Great Fire of Nantwich". I am very grateful for Andy Butler's help.

 

WE will need to organise planting groups for the end of May / the beginning of June.

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