This facility, when added to our existing basic tap water and a supply of biscuits at lunch-time, demonstrates how far the nursery will go to gain volunteer satisfaction.
The old orchard, where the toilet is sited, is lush with new growth after a lot of rain and now a lot of sunshine. Ox-eye daisies and other wild flower seeds, sown over a year ago, provide a lovely understorey to the Apple, Pear and Cherry Plum trees. The Hazel coppice adjoining the orchard is now in full leaf and looks incredibly healthy.
Moving around the site i can see the willow has been cut, the comfrey has grown well, the new orchard/meadow looks fine and the ponds have newts in them and dragonflies, demoiselles and damselflies above them. May is such a nice month.
In order to help our beds retain moisture and nutrients a little better we have taken off some of the old, tired soil and replaced it with a three inch mulch of soil improver.
Most of the more mature plants now have a mulch. The seedling beds are currently being mulched and seedlings transplanted from trays put into these new beds This will continue throughout June until we have three long beds of new plants...the cycle continues.