It’s not too late to contribute to the Journal of The Plantation Garden Preservation Trust – the annual magazine for members of the Garden. Sadly our planned events in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Trust were put on hold so there are almost no pictures or reports of events that usually make our magazine a colourful record of the year. Instead, we’d like hear from you about your memories of the garden. What does it mean to you? What important personal events have taken place there? What do you get out of your visits? Send your thoughts (and pictures if you any any) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15th August. We look forward to hearing from you.
Sadly, it’s a while since we shared any news here. The pandemic has caused the cancellation of events in the Garden, including our planned celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Plantation Garden Preservation Trust – and we had such a feast of activities lined up for you! However, a dedicated team of garden volunteers has been working away to help our Head Gardener, James, keep the Garden looking lovely. The Garden has remained open and it is hoped that a few activities, with social distancing, may take place soon.
The Garden proved popular on Heritage Open Day , Sunday 15th September. Thanks to all the volunteers who made it such a great day.
We had a full house for our Annual General Meeting. Part of the attraction, no doubt, was the speaker Matthew Williams who has written a fascinating book about what’s underneath Norwich. He focused on the geology and topography of the area round the Plantation Garden. It was an eye-opener!
The fox netting comes off to reveal the primulas. Spring is here!
The largest Horse Chestnut tree in the Garden had Bleeding Cancer which was getting rapidly worse. A decision to fell this for safety reasons was followed by the problem of how to extract this from the very far corner of the garden. The Georgian Townhouse are the new owners of 9 Unthank Road and kindly permitted us to take the tree from their premises using a major crane.
All was safely achieved with the tree felled in stages with the largest pieces weighing over 2 tonnes and all was taken to the ground and cleared away. The chippings from the branches will be used in the Garden to make up the paths this spring.
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Our gardeners enjoyed prosecco and mince pies in the garden today. A Christmas treat for all the hardworking volunteers. Roger Connah (Chair) gave a vote of thanks! The garden is looking tidy and trim.
Our Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Rex’ (Chinese rice-paper plant ‘Rex’) has flowered for the first time!
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