October 2014 ....

STILL THRIVING ...

It's Your Neighbourhood, Friends of Eastfield Park 2014

The Friends of Eastfield Park have again received a Level 4 ('Thriving') Award for their entry in the Royal Horticultural Society's 'It's Your Neigh-bourhood' campaign. The campaign is part of 'Britain in Bloom' and the award was presented to Bernard Kelly, Vice-Chair of the FoEP, at the Guildhall on 14th October. The picture shows Bernard holding the Level 4 Certificate and a bag of daffodil bulbs which also formed part of the award.

The FoEP received a similar award in 2012 but did not enter the campaign in 2013. One of the benefits of entering the campaign is the expert advice given to entrants by the RHS assessors. The FoEP hopes to improve its own efforts to enhance Eastfield Park based on advice received during this year's campaign. Next year, for example, we hope to create a wildflower garden along the north-facing fence separating Eastfield Park from Eleonore House, a suggestion made to us by the RHS assessor. We also hope to further develop the garden along the west-facing fence, originally created as a sunflower garden but now being developed as an herbaceous border.

In addition to the gardening work carried out at the autumn 'tidy-up' (see 'Other News') four sacks of rubbish (excluding our own waste bag) were collected from the Park plus part of a vacuum cleaner and a child's pushchair that had been thrown into the bottom pond.

Litter collected on 4th Oct 2014

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OTHER NEWS ...

The weather for the FoEP autumn 'tidy-up' on 4th October was particularly dismal as the photograph below illustrates. A cold front passed over Northampton during the morning and heavy rain fell for most of the working period. Because of this, the group stopped work shortly after lunch and it was only when the tools were all packed away that the sun made an appearance!

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Nevertheless, 8 adults and 2 young people helped with the event and over 26 hours of effort were put into improving the Park. Weeds were removed from the ‘Eleonore House Border’ (formerly the ‘Sun-flower Garden’) and part of the northern end of the Crescent Rock Garden. The latter was particularly difficult to deal with as the weeds there were deep-rooted and intertwined with tree roots. Eighty tête-à-tête (dwarf) daffodil bulbs were then planted in the area that had been cleared.

Scattering bulbs

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