VOLUNTEERS and members of the public
turned out on Sunday, October 12, for the
event organised by James Thompson on the Shrewbridge Road car park.
They were there to work on various areas of the riverside area
planting a variety of plants to ensure a good display next Spring.
Also there was Terry Walsh
of BBC Radio Stoke, broadcasting the
Sunday morning gardening and nostalgia programme from the site. He
interviewed James as well as Doug Butterill, Chairman of the
Nantwich in Bloom committee.
Two willow growers and
weavers, Jill and Liz - they preferred to give just their first
names - demonstrated their art on one of two stalls on the car park. That's a
willow snail, right.
Meanwhile, further along
the River Weaver, six members of the Crewe and Nantwich Weaver
Rotary Club were carrying out further planting near to the old mill
site. And volunteers from Riverside Concern,
others, were also hard at work
on the wetland meadow.
Plants with some marvellous
names were being planted by the volunteers. These included Cuckoo
Flower (also known as Lady Smock or the Cheshire
Flower), Self Heal,
Ragged Robin, Purple Loostrife, Marsh Woundwort, Water Avens, Red
Campion, and Yellow Flag Iris. James told me later: "We
with the turn out and the amount of
interest in the
work we have been
doing, and plan to do, on the Nantwich Riverside.
to the enthusiasm of volunteers, we managed to plant out
hundreds of cowslips and other wetland plants as well as
preparing the wildflower meadow for next year. Thanks to all
those who came down to help out. We look forward to seeing the
results of your labours next year.”
Autumn we will
be working with local schools to plant out bulbs and trees
National Tree Week (November 26 to December 7), run by the
Tree Council. We have our fingers crossed for a
successful application for 20,000 native