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Cricklepit garden blog: butterflies, baby moorhens and yarn bombing

Posted: Wednesday 15th June 2016 by CricklepitGardenGroup

Garden group with sensory beds

In his second blog post, volunteer Head Gardener George Barbour reveals what has been happening in the Cricklepit Mill garden during the past month.

Angelica Increasing day length and warmer temperatures have resulted in a rapid increase in plant growth in the garden during the past month. This has kept the garden group especially busy as we attempt to maintain a garden rich in wildlife but looking cared-for. So, we mow the grass in areas to enable visitor access and leave it to grow in other places.

I am especially pleased with the area of meadow left uncut beyond the labyrinth. Apart from a rich variety of grasses, closer inspection reveals plants such as red clover, common vetch and large amounts of birdsfoot trefoil. Last week I spotted common blue and meadow brown butterflies nectaring on these flowers. Birdsfoot trefoil is an important food plant to the day flying six spot burnet moth; last year we had large numbers of their caterpillars in the meadow and almost daily saw the adult moths on the wing.

Birds have of course been busy nesting. We have a range of bird boxes and this year house sparrows have reared young in one of the swift boxes on the building and in one of the woodcrete boxes. Woodcrete remains cool and so the box is able to hang in a south facing aspect. We have already spotted very young moorhen chicks. Look out for these in the leat.

Yarn bombing Part of role of the garden group is to engage with visitors. Some wander into the garden whilst we are working and stop for a chat, others appear on the monthly milling days and some on specially convened events. Recently, we hosted a ‘knit in’ by the Queens Road knitting group who enjoy working outdoors. They ‘yarn bombed’ various areas of the garden and were keen to assist some DWT staff who ventured out in their lunch break with their knitting queries. Needless to say, we want to encourage this sort of user-group to make use of Cricklepit and have nature as a back drop to their activities. So please get in touch via DWT reception if you know of such a group.

 

Knitting in the garden
 

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