Bulb planting – Phase 2

It’s that time of year again! We will be starting the second phase of the bulb planting on Tuesday 1st November 2016. We are starting at the bottom of Stripes Hill (Warwick Road) by the garden centre and the Knowle Sign. We plan to move from Warwick Road to Kenilworth Road in the afternoon. We will continue on Wednesday 2nd November along Hampton Road in the morning and Warwick Road between Wychwood roundabout and the village in the afternon. Volunteers will be required from 10am to 3pm.

If you could spare us an hour of two to join the fun, it would be much appreciated. Many hands make light work. Most of the heavy labour will be done by a team from Amey. No experience is necessary, enthusiasm is the only requirement.

We are delighted to have the Guides and Scouts helping us out on Saturday 5th and Saturday 12th November.

Please let Liz Hulse know if you can help or just turn up on the day with strong shoes and gloves.

Local Nature Reserve – Clear up help request

Two September conservation working days will be taking place in the LNR. Working parties from the Solihull Conservation Volunteers and the Birmingham and Solihull Midweek Volunteers will be there on Sunday 25th September (10.30am to 4.00pm) and then on Thursday 29th September (11.00am to 4.00pm). Anyone who would be willing to help would be welcome.

Those blooming bulbs!

 

The bulb planting in October was a very successful day due to enthusiastic children, a group of hardworking volunteers, the support of the team from Amey and SMBC, all topped off by the beautiful autumn sunshine.

Almost 40,000 crocus and narcissi were planted and we can now see the beautiful fruits of our labour and of the generosity of those who donated to the bulb-planting fund.

As a picture is said to be worth a thousand words, do enjoy the many more photos taken during the planting and more recently showing the bulbs in full bloom. There is also a short piece on the bulb planting in a video put together by the Council.

Bulb planting and blooming – photo montage

Large ash tree lost to a root fungus

The wonderful ash tree that stood at the corner of the churchyard, school entrance and car park was regrettably deemed an incurable victim of root fungal rotting (Ganoderma) and because of its particularly public position could not be allowed to remain as a known risk.

Bulbs – shooting up, please help us complete the funding

It is great news that the appeal for funding this year’s planned bulb planting is now two thirds of the way there, helped in part (£260) by the coffee morning kindly run by Barclays Bank. Please help us to reach our target of £3500 as soon as possible so we can plant in time for next Spring’s flowering. See here for full details of the project and how to contribute to it.