Brilliant work Ad & Dan!
SRRA has secured permission to plant a tree next to the footbridge on the station approach off Springfield Road. The vision is either a Silver Birch or Mountain Ash to match the trees on the south side of the station.
Does anyone have a tree in their garden they could donate? Ideally it would need to be fairly well grown and mature, perhaps 4m in height, as a smaller specimen would be vulnerable to vandalism.
If we cannot find a donated tree we will need to buy one. To purchase one of a suitable size would cost anything from £100 to £300 so if you would like to make a contribution to the fund please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks in advance.
We all had a great time at our Christmas party on Saturday 12th, kids and adults together.
It was good to see old friends and make some new ones from this and surrounding areas.
Many thanks to Ben of One Church for the use of the hall and running the bar, Sue and John Garrett for their generous donation, Annie and Rob for the splendid cake competition and The Aftershave for the great music.
Though we tend to focus on our edible growing plot, we love our platform planters and the tree pits outside London Road Station.
The platform planters are quite shady while the tree pits are in full sun, with young trees greedy for moisture: a challenge for planting on both scores. But what’s been chastening – putting us gardeners in our place – is just how joyfully wayward the plants in these areas seem to have been.
First candidate for plant bloodymindedness: our foxgloves. Tolerant of shade, pretty robust and attractive to bees, these were supposed to be the showpiece of our platform planters last year. They did nothing but put on leaf and sulk, though inexplicably one decided to flower in November. This year, though, they sprung up all ebullient with a lovely show of flowers, as in the photo above tweeted by @LondonRdLAT.
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Two planters, funded by the Council’s Streets In Bloom grant, have been installed either side of the bicycle racks in Springfield Road.
They have been temporarily planted with pansies which will be replaced by bulbs and other winter plantings.
Edward White deserves enormous credit for his energy and diplomatic persistence in obtaining the grant and arranging for the installation with a number of Council Officers.
Thanks should also go to Councillor Mike Jones, Jonathan Best and David Fisher from the Council.
At the very well attended Playstreets event on Friday 12th September several of the children helped the SRRA Streets In Bloom group plant pansies and bulbs around a young tree in Southdown Avenue.
The group is urging residents to adopt a tree and plant around its base to help beautify the neighbourhood, many thanks to the children for their enthusiastic help!