Thursday August 25th 2016
Drizzly damp weather for our work session this morning nevertheless when I arrived at school around 8am – I began work by watering the planters and pots at the front of school as the rain never seems to water plant pots sufficiently….
Off next to the wildlife area to collect secateurs ,gloves etc so I could start pruning back the 3 huge lots of brambles growing out of the 2 beds near the gate where the children go into school
Rose arrived at 9am to help with the brambles -most of pulling out/pruning back completed apart from some by the staffroom window which hopefully will be removed next week
On the way back to the wildlife area we stopped to water the seat planter and the planters in the nursery outdoor play area-we also did lots of weeding there
We had 2 large garden waste tubs full of chopped brambles and weeds which Rose took to add to our recycled pallet compost bins in the copse by the pond
As the drizzle worsened we sheltered in our shed whilst we had our coffee and biscuits-numerous birds ie blackbirds, robins, sparrows ,goldfinches, bluetits, great tits and coal tits were close by in the cherry trees or on the ground sharing our biscuit crumbs-there was also a grey squirrel on the tree heading towards a peanut feeder!
Before we left for home at noon Rose watered the planted pots by the shed then came to help me with refilling the bird feeders around our main project site ie school wildlife area
Monday August 22nd 2016
Arrived at school by 8.10am -whilst waiting for Colin I began work by watering the planters and pots at the front of school.
Colin arrived at 8.30am so off then to school wildlife area where we refilled all the various bird feeders around our project site…
Our main job of the morning was more clearing of nettles, hogweeds etc from the grassy area between the 2 main paths-numerous large garden tubs of waste added to our compost bins and still much more clearing to be done asap…
Thursday August 18th 2016
At school around 8am went through school to collect barrow and tools for working at front of school-watered 2 planted beds nearest tap with hose alas ground so dry didn’t make much difference!
Rose arrived to help at 9am she deadheaded and pruned back the plants in the planters and pots whilst I carried on pruning ,cutting back and weeding in 2 of the large beds at the front of school-I also planted a tray of sweet williams in the bed with the gorse bush…
After Rose watered the planters and pots and I’d watered in the new planting we gathered our tools and garden waste and headed back to the wildlife area for a well deserved coffee break
Next I belatedly filled the bird feeders whilst Rose added the wheelbarrow load and large garden bag full of garden waste to the compost bins in the copse by the pond-she also watered the planted pots by the shed and the flowers in the nursery wheelbarrow + the nearby seat planter -everywhere so very dry though heavy rain forecasted for tomorrow.
Lots more summer pruning and tidying yet to do in the wildlife area + at the front of school-only 4 more work sessions before the autumn term starts!
Monday August 15th 2016
Lovely hot and sunny summer morning-I was at school by 8am and began by watering the planters and pots at the front of school until Colin arrived to help at 8.30am
Into the wildlife area next where Colin watered the planted pots near the shed whilst I filled the nearby bird feeders..
I then carried on filling the remaining bird feeders in and around our project site-Colin swept the beech tree shells off the board walk by the pond
NB must report the wobbly board by the pond to caretaker asap
After refilling the bird food jars ready for Thursday we gathered tools and wheelbarrow etc and went to work at the front of school
We spent an hour cutting back where greenery had grown through the fence alongside the footpath + swept up the cuttings. I cut back the brambles and weeds from behind our small perennial bed by the sheds near the front gate +I began weeding +cutting back the cranesbills and pruning the hawthorn etc from the bed by the kitchen whilst Colin was busy weeding and sweeping up just inside the pedestrian gate.
Two large full tubs and a wheelbarrow load of garden waste removed and added to the compost bins near the wildlife pond
After a well deserved coffee break we spent 20 minutes weeding out another 4 tubs full of hogweed, docks and nettles from the main grassy area in the school wildlife area…
Lots of blackbirds around plus butterflies, bees and an unidentified dragon fly
Thursday August 11th 21016
Just me working at school this morning + numerous workmen busy working in school + the new classrooms….
I began by starting to water the planted pots at the front of school then went on to water the plants in the nursery outdoor area + the nearby seat planter
Next to the wildlife area where I refilled all the birdfeeders before spending an hour pulling out lots more nettles and hogweeds
After a quick coffee I locked the shed and went to the front of school to finish the watering-I also planted 2 new hebes in the perennial bed in the car park
NB in the wildlife area lots of blackbirds + numerous bees and speckled wood butterflies around this morning
Monday August 8th 2016
Whilst waiting for Colin to arrive at school this morning I began watering the planted planters and pots at the front of school
Colin and I then went through school to the wildlife area- whilst Colin watered the planted pots by the shed I refilled the nearby bird feeders.
Next after we’d refilled the other bird feeders and replenished the bird food box ready for Thursday’s work session we spent an hour weeding out more unwanted nettles, docks and hogweed etc from the main grassy areas-thankfully we have plenty of compost bins!
After our coffee break we did more weeding then packed up and went back to the front of school where we finished watering the pots and recently planted perennials
Monday August 1st 2016
Arrived school just after 8am I began by watering planters, pots and new planting at front of school-when Colin arrived at 8.30 we went through school to the wildlife area-stopping on the way to water the seat planter+ plants in the nursery outdoor area
Colin then watered the planted pots by our shed whilst I started to fill the nearby bird feeders -we then filled the rest of the feeders in and around our project site
After sorting the bird food for next time we weeded out lots of unwanted weeds from alongside the upper path before having a coffee break
Our final job was weeding out more of the docks and cleavers from the far copse ie below the staff car park -in all about 10 large garden tubs of garden waste added to our compost bins this morning
Just after 11 am the forecasted drizzly rain started so time for another coffee whilst we sheltered under the trees before we headed off for our homes-the ground is extremely dry so we were thankful for the rain after weeks without any!