TCV Bedfordshire blog

Volunteers Week

Volunteers Week

It is Volunteers Week this week and that means we get an extra chance to say an EXTRA BIG THANK YOU to all our volunteers for all the hard work they put in.

Special thanks go to Duncs for getting the tools ready, Clare & Andy for help around the office and Hazel who has been volunteering for 21 years now and regularly leads tasks for us.

John P has just announced his retirement from volunteering and must have been involved for around 20 years also. Good luck John!

Then there’s John A, Sam, Ally, Colin, Dave, Ed C, Jim, Chris, Andy and many many others. They all deserve … Continue reading

Green Man Garden springs back into life

Green Man Garden springs back into life

Now that the weather has dried up, we’re finally attempting to finish of the mural at the Green Man Garden. Most of the paint got washed off by torrential rain after the big community painting day back in the autumn, so it’s not been looking at it’s best over the winter. Speaking of not looking one’s best…

Thank you Larissa for capturing my best side…. ahem…

Luckily we’ve also had some more picturesque visitors to the garden!

These two came out to enjoy the sunshine with us on Wednesday, and made the most of all the … Continue reading

Another year, another hedge layed!

Another year, another hedge layed!

Well, you might even be able to say 3 hedges as 3 seperate secti?ons were completed recently at Warden Hill SSSI, Luton on behalf of Luton Borough Council.

Two sections were seperated by virtue of a fence & kissing gate (a gate we previously re-installed) and the third was the opposite side of the bridleway!

Above: The first section of hedge (approximately 20 metres). To the left is the kissing gate mentioned above. The photograph also shows some tree planting to fill in some gaps.

Above: The second section of hedge (approximately 30 metres). The above … Continue reading

Well Head County Wildlife Site

Well Head County Wildlife Site

Another winter of scrub management has come to an end recently. It ends in March because we are unable to do this kind of work during the bird nesting season.

Well Head County Wildlife Site (CWS), near Totternhoe, is a privately owned site with a Bridleway at the top of the bank and is designated a CWS for its flora. The Wildlife Trust recently secured funding to help restore more areas of this grassland.

So, in came the Weekday Conservation Team to help with this project…

Above: Volunteers, having already cut down scrub, are tidying up and burning what … Continue reading

Love Your Garden!

Love Your Garden!

On Wednesday 13th Feb, a (very!) hardy band of volunteers joined us for a morning in the Green Man Garden, keen to find out more about growing their own food and improving their gardens. Below – reconstructing the squirrel-proof fence after planting more broad beans.

John and the two Bills kept warm by turning the compost heap and mulching the raised beds – despite the freezing weather everyone was still smiling!

Our weekly Wednesday morning drop-in sessions will be starting again in March – contact us for more details on beds@tcv.org.uk and keep a look … Continue reading

Carlton fencing & hedge laying

Carlton fencing & hedge laying

The Weekday Conservation Team recently carried out work for Carlton with Chellington Parish Council. They saw our advert in the January issue of the Parish Council Newsletter. The work carried out included formalising the entrance to a playing field, erecting a temporary fence to protect the hedge and the laying and replanting of the hedge.

Above: The formalised entrance to the field and temporary fencing.

Above: The layed hedge and planted trees (the fencing is behind the hedge).

Carlton with Chellington Parish Council said this about our work: “The Parish Council are very pleased with the fencing work … Continue reading

Compost stables!

Compost stables!

The Weekday Conservation Team and their skills were needed at the Green Man Garden at Addison Howard Park during October. Compost bins were needed. These are easy to build if you know how.

We used wooden pallets for the sides and round posts to hold up the pallets.

Above: Joining us was this Red Admiral. It was a bit on the nippy side for this flutterby and it was seeking warmth by sitting on us! I found a nice place for it to sit in the sun whilst we got on with business:

Above: Martin and John feeding the pallet over the … Continue reading

I’m not going to make a joke about being batty for the garden…

I'm not going to make a joke about being batty for the garden...

Back in sunny, warm, September, we welcomed lots of visitors to the Green Man Garden for a Bat Workshop.

Diana from the Beds Bat Group came along to give us a talk about bats, and answered plenty of questions from the group too.

As you can see, all ages enjoyed making the boxes – with a bit of help some of our younger members even got to try some exciting tools!

We can’t promise such lovely weather for all the events here, but still just as much fun! Drop in gardening sessions … Continue reading

All the hard work is worthwhile!

All the hard work is worthwhile!

The Brickhill Community Allotment is really starting to take shape now and reward the group’s hard work! The ground is still very heavy clay, so here Debbie is planting a green manure crop to help us improve the soil quality. Over time, we’re managing to improve the soil by adding compost as well – and some of the plants are really responding – see the huge amount of cherry tomatoes on the plants (I just hope they ripen soon before the cold weather arrives!)

Eva, as well as providing very tasty cakes for the … Continue reading