Report to Council May 2016

Mudlarks Community Garden                                  

Site Report May 2016

It has been a lovely warm and wet spring, so the allotments are looking fabulous. They are all planted up and the vegetables are growing beautifully. We have put a lot of effort into our communal growing area this year in order to produce as much for the cafe as possible. So look out for fresh pea and mint quiches and new potato homity pies in the cafe, along with our usual fresh salads.

At the Castle, the roses are looking good and full of buds. Andy and his team of gardeners have been working on the weeds and cutting back the tulips and crocus leaves between the roses (ouch!). The replanted box hedging is settling nicely, and has some wonderful new growth on it. It will be pruned into shape as it grows, to create a lovely uniform hedge around all the beds.

The sensory moat garden is looking really good, with the beautiful irises making their annual show. Unfortunately ground elder has taken hold again, so the team are going to concentrate on trying to remove that next. There is a fair amount of replanting that also needs carrying out. Andy will be working on that and ensuring that the gardens continue to be the attraction that they are, providing so much pleasure for residents and visitors alike.

St. Leonards is blooming with beautiful spring flowers, albeit the grass has once again grown up everywhere. This is an annual problem when we only visit the gardens once a month through the winter. The team are tackling it on their weekly visits now, and will also be doing some replanting. There has been a lot of good feedback from people who sit there and eat their lunch.

Holy Trinity is nice and tidy, and the team visit regularly to keep on top of the weeds.

We have lots of wonderful events coming up over the summer. We will be at the Hatfield House Garden Show on the 4th and 5th of June, with  a display allotment site and a selection of restored tools for sale. The Summer Breeze is on the 12th June, and we will be at the Bayford Open Gardens on the 19th. We have the wonderful Mikron theatre in the garden on the 2nd July and lots of other events.

As ever, you are more than welcome to join us any time at any of our sites. It is always lovely to see you, and we usually have a pot of tea at the ready!

For more news, photos and information, please look at our website, or follow us on facebook and twitter.


Vic Hobson

Mudlarks’ Manager

May 2016


Updated 26 May 2016 10:09