Last month members of our Garden Club took a break from caring for the Triangle Garden, to do a little planting in Hitchin town centre. Having seen the effect our green fingers have had on the Church House Courtyard Garden, Hitchin Initiative commissioned us to design and install a planting scheme in the two sad old brick planters outside Next on the High Street.
On Saturday 2nd April the Triangle Garden was represented at the launch event of the 'Grow it Yourself Organically' initiative, held at the Free Church in Letchworth. Project Leader Liz McElroy and volunteer Yolanda Warrell set up our stand and explained to visitors what we do.
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?".
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).
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!