The trees are continuing to respond to the general lack of rain, by this premature falling of leaves as shown in the July/August update, which will probably affect the autumn colours.
In this month’s update we share some of the plans being made ready for the 2023 Bluebell Walk and Bates Green Garden.
Rather than working in the Wood, the following plans are being made ready for the 2023 Walk.
The meadow is being managed on a Higher Level Stewardship Scheme (HLS – see below) to increase the diversity of wild flowers, which means it cannot be grazed by animals after the first of January, until it is cut for hay in August, so then sheep can stay there until the end of December.
Last year due to so much rain in August, the meadow could not be cut until September! Because the grass had been flattened by the wind and rain, it was not cut as low as expected. As the wildflower seeds benefit when germinating where there is little residue old grass, it meant that this year the display of wildflowers where not as abundant as 2001, but that is now thankfully being remedied. We cut the field early in August as planned, but the standing grass was virtually hay due to the weeks of extreme heat. This meant it was all baled up within 48 hours of cutting, the fastest and easiest haymaking at Bates Green since I started farming here in 1959!
We still had some residue of old grass that was flat on the ground, so we have had it mown and collected and tipped.
The amount collected I think is phenomenal, which if the baler could have collected, would have amounted to several extra bales.
Who would expect to pick blackberries in August!
HLS - Higher Level Stewardship is part of an agri-environment scheme that provides support in return for delivering environmental management of the land. HLS aims to deliver significant environmental benefits in high-priority situations and areas and is tailored to local circumstances.
Bates Green Garden
The recent dry conditions in the garden will be used to our advantage in the Middle Garden and the team have an exciting project planned. With climate change now a reality it is important that gardens adapt whilst still providing suitable habitats for all the wildlife contained within. Steve and his colleague have made a good start with the trusty digger and already much has changed. Come along to see how it develops, we are open every Wednesday until the end of October.
Carolyn was particularly fond of her Cyclamen hederifolium and so we all celebrate when they emerge in the Woodland Garden. The original corms came from Carolyn’s mother many years ago and they have been bulking up ever since. They are strictly organised colour-wise, pink under the magnificent oak and white nestling beneath the old Bramley. Every year we are required to move a few around and this year will be no exception.
Emma Reece - Head Gardener
You can book a visit to Bates Green Garden at www.batesgreengarden.co.uk
This message was added on Wednesday 7th September 2022
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