We have had a really enjoyable year in Horticulture at Little Green this year. Staring in the spring term we have been identifying areas of our grounds that need care and attention, starting the process of bringing them back to their former glory, as imagined by Humphry Repton when he laid them out in the 1790s.
We started in the Rose Garden, now more of a blackberry patch! We worked to cut back all the brambles. Exposing the original layout and a few of the original rose bushes. The space is now open for use and the cut stems have made excellent firewood during forest school sessions.
In the environmental area, sometimes known as the Japanese Garden we have worked to clear waste material from the pond; removing low hanging branches, shading shrubs and weed sown sycamores. This has left the space more light and airy, hopefully increasing the health and biodiversity in the pond.
Other groups have pruned back the mixed hedging in the “Head teacher’s Garden”, bringing back some of its original outline. Or reduced the encroaching laurel from our paths and walkways.
Next year we will be looking for volunteers to help us make headway with the transformation of the environmental area, so watch this space if that interests you.