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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

 Introduction

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.

Volunteer Day 9 Sept 2020

Following approval by CWaC for the resumption of activities, FoWP are planning to hold a Volunteer Day on Wednesday 9 September (10.00-14.00).  We will meet on the patio outside the cafe at 10.00, applying social distancing and hygiene protocols, to initially agree the division of activities amongst ourselves.  There are a lot of tasks on our current list including tidy up of pathways and flowerbeds, cutting back overhanging branches and hedges, undertaking repairs to some of the park benches.  We’d welcome any additional suggestions from members – please advise either Steve Telford or Sue Britton before the meet up if appropriate.  Be sure to bring along any equipment that you think would be useful (eg hoes, secateurs, loppers).

If you plan to attend, it would be helpful if you could advise Sue (brittonfamily@btinternet.com) as we need to manage numbers.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the day.

Regards, Steve Telford – Chairman FoWP

23 March 2020 Update

With regards to events in the park, due to the current Government guidelines, all activities are cancelled. This includes football, bowls, croquet, cricket etc until further notice. The maintenance of these areas is still programmed in, but there must be some understanding that in this time of crisis, operational teams may be asked to help other service areas to retain business continuity. Events are also cancelled we are not accepting bookings until a review in July. This is a corporate decision to safeguard communities.

There are lots of documents on the Cheshire West and Chester website if you need more info and updates.

All council staff are currently working flat out to try and keep some form of normality and we will continue to update you on your queries. But, until further notice, there will be no events that encourage groups to gather, and social distancing is the Council’s priority at present, and until further notice.

Volunteer Day ………. Wednesday 25th March

Calling all FoWP volunteers!

We are arranging another FoWP Volunteer Day for Wednesday, 25 March from 10.00 to 15.00. This date will coincide with the planting of a number of trees across the park by a group of Lloyds Bank volunteers in association with the Woodland Trust.

Our FoWP volunteers, working in small groups, will provide a Spring tidy-up to the park, including clearing some of the pathways, cutting back overhanging branches and bushes, litter picking and “painting” the balustrade around the patio area by the café.

If you could help, would you let Sue Britton know, and on the day bring along any appropriate tools (wheel barrows, hoes, clippers, secateurs etc.).

Look forward to seeing you then. Initially we’ll meet at the Golf Shop/ Cafe but drop in any time and find us working in the park.
Thanks in advance,
Steve Telford

Hedge Cutting

CWaC have an opportunity to do the hedge lowering around the park. This is to advise residents and users that cutting may start as early as week commencing 10th February and the height of the hedge will be 8 foot. This will make for easier future maintenance.