March has seen our volunteers gearing up for a lot of hard work in the coming year, but we have also been enjoying the fruits of our labour, as crocuses and daffodils planted in previous years have been blooming across the Fair City. We have been ordering plants, planning our work schedules and getting activity sessions into our diaries, and the diaries of our partner groups. We even managed to tidy the shed!
The heather collection in Riverside Park remains one of our priorities, and this month we were very grateful to service users and their support workers from Turning Point Perth, who helped us spread five tonnes of ericaceous compost and horticultural grit on the 15 heather beds. This will condition the soil and keep the heather plants in good health. We'll have some pruning to do once the winter & spring flowering heathers have finished blooming, and we'll have another composting session to finish off preparations for the summer.
Turning Point's 'Rosie's Garden' project also helped us over the winter by planting and looking after brightly coloured tubs filled with spring bulbs. We have now collected these from Rosie's Garden and have delivered them to businesses along Main Street in Bridgend, where they are really brightening up the streetscape. We were very chuffed to receive a lot of positive comments as we were putting them in place - it's always nice to know our work is appreciated!
In the pictures on the right (from top left): Spring display at Craigie Crossroads; bands of purple crocuses at Gleneagles Road; daffodils at Riverside Park; a carpet of crocuses on the South Inch; loading tubs from Rosie's Garden to take them to Bridgend; volunteers mixing and barrowing compost and grit at the heather beds.
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