Gardening at Whirlowbrook

Have you any spare Snowdrops for Whirlowbrook?

If you are thinning out any clumps of snowdrops once they have finished flowering, then we would be glad of some for the SU3A Commemorative Garden at Whirlowbrook Park. They could be brought to the March drop-in, or delivered to 17 Cherry Tree Drive, S11 9AE, or phone me on 255 8948 and I will arrange collection. Shelagh Woolliscroft

Gardening at Whirlowbrook Park 2020

Chinese proverb

We are now into our tenth year of creating and maintaining the SU3A Commemorative Garden at Whirlowbrook Park.  We are a group of about 20 regulars, and others help when they can.  New members are always made very welcome! Come to the park on the second or fourth Wednesday morning and try us out – there is always coffee and biscuits at around 10.45 am!
Why do we do it? Patsy says it is for the satisfaction of working with others on a project that is worthwhile, that gives something back to the community. Besides, the garden is such a lovely place to be!
Whirlowbrook Garden
The garden has different areas – besides the main rhododendron and azalea beds there are boggy parts, woodland paths, the Japanese rock-garden and the pond margins – something for everyone! A large piece of stone, kindly donated by Birchover Quarries, now marks the lower entrance, bearing a stainless steel plaque with the SU3A logo. In 2017 a generous donation enabled us to erect a wooden rail alongside the steps up to the pond. Last year we extended the rock garden and re-dressed it with two tons of gravel and pebbles.
Now that most of the heavy work is over we enjoy maintaining the garden and surrounding areas. We weed, sweep and prune during the summer, then gather leaves, clear the water-courses and and generally keep the garden tidy in the winter. Replacement planting and feeding takes place in spring and autumn. By mulching regularly with chipped bark we are controlling the weeds and conserving moisture. Once a year we clear silt and rubbish from the lily pond – for this we are joined by other SU3A members, the Council’s rangers, volunteers from Abbeydale Rotary, and Saxon Hotels (the tenants of Whirlowbrook Hall). In 2020 this session will be on Wednesday 28 October.

We welcome donations to replace shrubs that do not make it through the winter and to extend the ground cover. If you would like to make a donation in memory of a loved one, please contact Alison Cowper on 0114 274 6165, or complete the donation form and send it to her. All donations are recorded in the Book of Remembrance which is on display at the AGM.
Come and get those endorphins buzzing – you won’t regret it!
Shelagh Woolliscroft 0114 255 8948
Flying Gardeners was born out of the Gardening at Whirlowbrook group being asked to help blitz areas of other parks. Because the Parks Department no longer require us to do this the group agreed that we should no longer have a separate Flying Gardeners group, with immediate effect.