Monthly working parties for the Corner House Garden

At the end of last year we put out a call to help with the garden at the Corner House, and to our delight you answered our call.

First of all a big  and overdue “thank you” to the group who materialised out of thin air in November for the working party day.  Perry Crimmins picked up our website notice and came along as well as Caroline Wootton and Trevor Thomas from the Barnabas Workshops based in High Road Ilford. The Barnabas Workshops specialises, among other things, in providing volunteers for a wide range of needs. A few short hours later, the garden had been cleared of dead leaves, generally spruced up, paths swept and we were warmly ensconced in a High Street café enjoying hot drinks and croissants.

Monthly working parties

We would like to make the working parties a regular event, taking place on the first Sunday of every month, and as always volunteers are more than welcome. No gardening knowledge is needed, all you need to do is meet us in the front garden of the Corner House from 10:30am onwards; feel free to drop in and out as you please as any time you can spare is greatly appreciated. We will also be giving our recent adoptees – the High Street flower beds – some much needed TLC.

So please do join us for our next working party, this Sunday 6th February at 10.30am. We’ll be finishing up with some well deserved coffee and croissants.

A few more matters on our gardening agenda

1)     Last summer’s nine weeks without rain focused our minds on the need for water butts. Unfortunately the down pipes on the Corner House are not standard size though we do know the size.  What we really need is for someone to sort us out with butts and diverters so that in winter the water can be redirected into the drains. The cost will be covered by the Wanstead Society. Any takers?

2)    We also need someone to fix some support for the climbing roses which will hopefully be planted very soon.  They will be growing up the old wall that abuts the betting shop. We don’t just want to use ordinary trellis but have ideas for something more interesting. We’d be pleased to hear from anyone who could help us with this one.

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