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