An update from Sara Messenger of the Bradley Stoke in Bloom group.
The Common East
We have, for the moment, finished our work at The Common East. A new path has been laid, the original gate has been moved, the orchard cleared, the seats repaired and painted, dead trees have been removed from the path’s edge, the pond has had a good clear-out , bird feeders and boxes have gone up, another butterfly garden has been planted and a duck house, complete with two new residents has been installed.
Although the pond area has been cleared, we have left some suitable nesting material for when the real Mr and Mrs Mallard return, in the hope that they may stay this year. And our gnome has a name – he is Trevor George Williams, named after three of the locals who stopped to chat. Although The Common has been a lot of work, the improvements and the stream of compliments and thanks we’ve received have made it all the more worthwhile.
We have finally found a man who can! After a very long line of failed requests, the bases of the pillars have been repaired by ‘Bradley Stoke Handyman’ Aaron, and have now been planted up with crocus, snowdrops and strawberries. The bare patch that had been left after SGC removed the bushes has been planted up with more daisies, and we have added more daffodils and tulips to the border. When we look back at photos of how this area looked, we wondered why we took it on, but it has been worth it. As well as the flowers, the corner now boasts fruit trees, raspberries, grapes and strawberries and when they and the magnolia tree on the roundabout blooms, it will all look rather fabulous.
Our planter at the Aztec West has finally been freed from the road workers’ compound! We were beginning to forget what it looked like, but soon it will be back in place and restored to its former glory. Our other three planters brought a ‘little lurve’ to Bradley Stoke with their popular Valentine makeover bringing a smile to many faces.
We’ve been asked to look at two new areas, the bank near Bluebell Gardens and also parts of Oaktree Crescent and we are discussing the possibilities with the local residents. We hope that everyone will come and give us a hand to improve these areas and to help with a ‘Big Spring Clean’.
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