This month has been a busy one with lots of activity in the garden.
At last our new shed (HQ) has arrived. This has stimulated much excitement and heaps of work for our volunteers. But we now have a secure location for our tools, a place to escape any inclement weather and even have a cup of tea. The rest of the work this month has been general maintenance, tidying up after the ravages of winter, mowing the paths to get them back to a manageable state, strimming other areas and repairs to benches and signs etc.
The Scottish Culture and Tradition organisation hosted a visiting traditional music organisation from Denmark and an informal ceilidh was held in the garden. There were over 30 attendees on a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon (contrary to weather forecasts). Both Danish and Scottish traditional tunes and dances were seen and heard with a large range of instruments on show from “penny whistles” right through to trombones and saxophones as well as the usual guitars, fiddles, flutes, keyboard, bohrans, cahones and accordions.
Another highlight this month was the arrival of a film crew to record a slot for the BBC’s Beechgrove Garden. They filmed both the allotments and the Wild Garden. A very enjoyable afternoon was had in the company of Jim McCall who along with our very own Grace Sherriffs regaled us with many tales and stories. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t as kind to them as it was for the music session the day before but the production team appeared to go away happy with what they had achieved on the day.
On the wildlife scene there are still 3 mallard ducks on the go but no sightings of any young, though a gardener from the allotments reported to us that they had seen a duck with some young in tow waddling down the road a week or so back. Let’s hope they are all safe. Our friendly robin is still hopping around as soon as any earth is turned. Lots of small LBJs (little brown jobs) flitting around with the swallows back swooping around the gardens trying to keep the insect populations down.
Low water levels are still giving rise to concern. If they are low now what will they be like during the summer?
Lots of people visit the wild garden and is much enjoyed. We have a serious need for more volunteer help. Even an odd hour would be good. Please contact Woodend Barn if you feel you can help.