In addition to the orchard, several Hornbeam trees have been planted in the raised beds around the Parade. These are ‘fastigiata’ cultivars that will develop an interesting compact conical shape as they grow.
MB-051-summer-treesThe Parish Council grass cutting tender documents were drawn up in February and have been improved to include more long grass areas that will enable plants to flower and set seed. Within these areas it is planned to plant native wildflower plugs in April that will increase the diversity and flowering period. We will monitor and record the distribution and abundance of species over the next few years.
We have been working with local illustrator Sadie Barrow to design a new interpretation panel for the Park. Sadie who lives in Millbrook, recently graduated from Plymouth College of Art and it is fantastic that we have such a talented artist on our doorstep. Once briefed with our concept she drew the pictures and designed the layout, working with the local schools to get their ideas too. The panel is currently being printed but a proof can be previewed here.
The panel will be A1 sized, similar to the Kingfisher one and will be sited in the meadow area of the Park.
Another thing the poor weather did not affect was the Enhancement teams’ window display in the Peninsula Trust’s Rame Centre, timed to coincide with tree planting in the Orchard and in planters around the village. Chris designed the layout that included model boats and orchard trees and it received numerous complimentary comments.
Ox-eye daisySo what’s coming up? The wildflower plug planting in April will our main spring event – look out for publicity material out soon. We also plan to have a flyer printed that will go out to all the homes in our village telling you how you can improve your garden or local patch for pollinators.
And finally there is an exciting idea to produce an interactive wildlife map on this website. It will enable everyone to get involved by plotting what you’ve done to help the pollinators and wildlife of Millbrook.