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Volunteer Session Photos & Update

Progress is amazing but keeping it neat and tidy is on-going!  Thank you to all our loyal volunteers who are in the park every Wednesday from 10.00-12.30.  Please join us for as much (or little) time as you can spare.

We need to strim the grass around the benches where the mowers don’t reach.  If anyone has a petrol/ battery operated strimmer, please do come along and help.

Weekly Volunteer Session Every Wednesday 10.00-13.00

We have resumed our weekly volunteering activities in the park on Wednesdays.  We can work in groups and remain socially distanced.

Please meet near the cafe from 10.00 where we will be working on the formal beds.

There is an agreed WP park plan in place and a formal bed layout.  Our immediate tasks are cutting back/ removing some trees in the woodland, planting shrubs and reinstating the burnt sections of the leylandii hedge.

Bring gardening tools if you want to do shrub planting, and a saw + loppers and secateurs if you want to do tree/undergrowth clearing.

Look forward to seeing you.


Westminster Park Volunteers Planting & Maintenance Plan 2021

Prepared by Niall Macfadyen and Mary Pole                                 

Approved by:

  • Steve Telford (Chair, Friends of Westminster Park),
  • Sue Britton (Secretary, Friends of Westminster Park)
  • Andy James, Cheshire West and Chester Greenspace Ranger


The plan covers the next twelve months of planting and maintenance.   Maintenance activities can be carried out throughout the year, but there are preferred times for planting, pruning, weeding etc.

It is planned to plant additional flowering shrubs and herbaceous perennials in the “formal borders” area outside the café, marked A on the map in fig 1.  This work should be carried out in November and December 2020.  In order to do this a number of unwanted self seeded, dead and dying plants need to be removed.  Others can be rescued by suitable pruning.

It is planned to plant wildflower bulbs in the woodland area, marked B on fig 1.  Two areas will be planted up during November and December.  There will be maintenance work on the woodland throughout the winter, involving coppicing suitable trees (e.g. Hazel) and thinning out trees that are now reaching maturity, so that trees chosen to remain have room to grow.

There is general maintenance (pruning, removing ivy) of existing shrubs in areas C , D and E on Fig 1.   Some Lleylandii plants are also required in areas C and D to replace burned out plants.

It is planned to purchase wildflower seeds to grow on and plant out in the spring/summer of 2021.  These plants will initially be planted out on the grassy mounds in area F of  Fig 1.

In order to minimise future maintenance, the budget includes purchase of weed suppressing membrane and bark chippings, which both suppress weeds and look nice.

Budget summary

bark 2 cubic metres 200
membrane 50m x 2m 50
plants 250
seeds 50
bulbs 525
Lleylandii 40
total 1115

We are assuming we will be able to get some discounts on these costs.  Our budget is assumed to be £1000.

Area A – Formal Beds

Generally there are numerous  flowering shrubs, but with limited flowering periods.  The proposed additional plants have a focus on winter flowering species and are suitable for the varying  aspects of the beds from full sun to almost full shade.

Areas B and F – Wildflower Area and Woodland Area

There is a current council proposal for encouraging grasslands and wildflower meadows, so our proposal only includes a “demonstrator/trial area”.  Similarly, final decisions on the eventual plants list for these areas are dependent on the outcome of the proposals before the council.

Wildflower seeds will be planted and grow on in the spring, hopefully in collaboration with local primary schools and gardening clubs.  These will be planted out on the grassy mounds at F in the early summer.

Native woodland plant bulbs have been planted out in two separate areas of the woodland during the late autumn/winter.  These will flower in spring, before the leaf canopy develops.

FoWP Volunteer Session Wed 9 Dec 10.00-12.00

We are having another volunteer session on Wednesday 9th December to finish planting the native bluebells and wood anemones in the area behind the BMX track.  This will be our final get together this year so please join us if you can.  It would be helpful to know numbers so please advise Sue Britton or Steve Telford if you plan to join us…. we can easily work socially distanced in the wooded area.

Volunteer Day 7th September 2020

Thank you to all our volunteers who generously donated their time to make a difference to our park.

As I receive more photos of our efforts I will upload to the website but here’s a selection.

Going forward and as Government advice changes, could we suggest to all that we continue our efforts in small groups (6 or less) on an ad hoc basis, advising either Sue Britton or Steve Telford in advance so that the FoWP insurance covers the activity.  We’d welcome before and after photos.