"Thanks Alison, it is a good read and the ‘comments below the line’ in The Guardian show it was much appreciated by lots of people. The common names for this plant are many, and the comments refer to some of them. I must have a look at…"
"There are several garlic mustard plants (Jack by the Hedge) on the bank near the pond. These are a food source for the larvae of orange tip butterflies. These butterflies seem common this year so hopefully there will be alot of food for their…"
"What we rely is that pond visitors appreciate that its maintenance is all voluntary; and that they might be more careful and clean up after their visit -perhaps they have yet to notice there is a waste bin near the pond, by the park gate into Melita…"
"The pond does seem to increasingly attract adolescents - there are always some young people sat there when I visit - most are no doubt OK but I can't help thinking the trend will lead to more rubbish being deposited. Short of piping…"
What can be done... I picked up approx 8 plastic bottles, 2 glass bottles, 4 cans, plastic wrappers, smoking paraphenalia etc etc from around the pond and in the wildflower area. Some more bottles in the pond which we will have to get out next week…
"Flowering plants spotted in the wildflower meadow near the pond so far include: black medic, corncrake, cornflower, bird's foot trefoil, yellow rattle, knapweed, poppy, white dead nettle, several species of cranesbills, pink campion, white…"
Welcome to the website, Alison. You are right, the new floral beds have been brilliant and the tea shop is too. There is more info on Trees on a separate tab at the top of the page. We have 10 new trees which are doing well.