On the whole we’ve had another lovely year in the Slades Farm Community Wildlife Garden, helped by around 70 volunteers over 2017. The fruit trees are growing well, the hedge is establishing well, the prairie garden was very colourful, the pond was choc full of frogs! I have never seen so many frogs in one space! If you like frogs, make a diary date to come along in March 2018!
We planted apple trees around the veg patch to train as espaliers, and put up the fence and training wires to make that happen. We had a fantastic harvest of beans and courgettes, a monster turnip, and the peas did well too!
However, after 5 pretty trouble free years, we finally have had a bad bout of vandalism. Most of it started after we installed a lovely picnic table and benches. A number of items got trashed – the water butt and two fruit trees – but the trashing of the fence round the veg patch was the final straw. Reluctantly, we have removed the picnic table and bench in the hopes that the vandals will now go elsewhere to congregate and cause mischief.
Still, we are looking forward to 2018. We have lots of hedging and bramble bashing to get on with, as well as repairing the damage the vandals have done. It may mean that the veggies get planted out a bit later this year – it all depends on how much help we get!
Have a look at our Slades 2018 dates and see if you are free to come along !