These were some of the fascinating questions asked of us by ecologist Dominic Coath on our recent Dawn Chorus Walk. It was a grey drizzly morning as we wandered along the River Purwell towards Ickleford, listening out for birdsong and pondering on the secret life of birds. Not all birds sing after all - ducks don't for example - but woodland birds (which we now think of as our garden birds) have territories to assert which represent their larder.
On the last Sunday of every month we hold a volunteer activity morning at the Triangle Garden. This February was a planting day and the volunteers who came along, helped to planted some trees in our new extended Forest Garden. We planted three hazels, which will be coppiced in rotation to give us long sturdy poles to support climbing beans, and shorter pea sticks for our allotment. Have a look at our video of the morning:
Volunteers spent Sunday 20th March working on our living willow maze, with great results. Every year it needs 'gapping up' but this year more than ever, as last year our efforts were concentrated elsewhere. Here's a little film Alan Hodgson made of our exploits:
January 31st was Hedge Laying Day at the Triangle Garden and we've made a film about it! With help from David Cannon of the Countryside Management Service, and a bunch of willing volunteers, we spent the day laying the westerly section of our native mixed hedge.
On February 22nd we conducted a survey of people passing through the Rec between the hours of 6 and 7pm to see what they thought of the lighting levels through the park. We stood at the Nightingale Road park entrance and handed out a slip of paper to each passing person. Each slip contained a single question, preceded by a context statement, which read: "Unaccompanied children walk through here after dark at the end of after-school activities. Do you think the lighting in this park is adequate: Yes or No?".
Our very own Triangle Garden Apple Juice was launched at Apple Day today! Made from Triangle Garden apples plus donations from peoples' gardens locally, it comes in two flavours: fruity and dry. It's totally pure, from unsprayed trees, and pressed for us by Chiltern Ridge Farm, Chesham. It will keep till Christmas 2016!
This year our Growing Ability Projects entered a Christmas tree into the Holy Saviour Christmas Tree Festival in Hitchin (12/13th December). There were 50 trees displayed around the beautiful church and the overall effect was spectacular.
Our inspiration for this year’s entry was our own wonderful Triangle Garden mosaic which was created by community members under the guidance and support of Jane Visick, local mosaic artist.
Don't forget to stock up on our very own Triangle Garden Apple Juice to get you through the party season! It's ideal to take to parties especially for the drivers in your life, and can be made into a delicious non-alcoholic punch by adding sparkling water and a slurp of elderflower cordial (3:2:1 water:juice:cordial).
For all you butterfly lovers out there, we're delighted to announce that the beautiful hand-painted designs created by local illustrator Polly Wyer, depicting five UK butterflies found at the Triangle Garden, are now available as art prints.
Digitally printed onto high quality watercolour paper, these prints look stunning on the wall and make perfect presents. They come unframed in various sizes from 30cm square to A3, and will fit standard sized frames available from local hardware stores.