April 2018

On the 6th April Dovehouse Community Garden was opened officially by the Mayor of Lichfield, who planted an Almond tree sponsored by Forest Harvest.

A lovely warm day by recent weather standards, fizz, homemade wine and beautiful cake was enjoyed too.

tree

12th of April Nick led a new local walk he has devised from Woodmill to Hoar Cross and back via lunch at The Foresters, 10 walkers enjoyed the day.

At the woods the Pulmonaria, planted last year, is stunning, providing plenty of nectar for our bees and the bumbles too.

pulmonaria
The end of the building has been tidied up and planted to give a better first impression to visitors and the willows around the potting table have been woven and trained to create some visual and structural interest in that area.
Before
After

For the Plant supports workshop on the 14th, we experimented with a variety of materials that we harvested from the woods including willow, bamboo and brambles, which we have in abundance, so we were delighted that they worked so successfully.


Continuous rain throughout April has caused floods in all the workshop areas and the roof is even leaking too.


By the end of the month the woods is finally starting to show it’s beautiful spring colour, it has been so painfully late and slow this year due to the cold but is now even more gratefully received.

Tulips rescued from last year’s council planting schemes are stunning and the newly installed green roofs look great in situ.


The Ice House is on our list of projects for the coming year and we are beginning to collect materials for this too.

We have wild garlic emerging and we are just finishing the apples stored at the Mill all winter.

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