Gardener Geraint Hughes puts the spotlight on what the team have been working on at Colby Woodland Garden this June, from tackling invasive species to creating a skyglade.
Tackling invasive species
As part of our fight against plant diseases and invasive species, we regularly clear areas that have become populated with plants that are on the invasive plants list, including Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) and skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus).
An hour spent each morning can make a huge difference to the spread of these plants, and it feels pretty good to look at an area that was once covered in balsam after it’s been cleared.
As part of this process we are many years down the road to removing the larch from the Colby Estate. This is one of the main carriers of Phytophthora ramorum which is known to cause the death of many species of trees and woody stemmed plants because of its deciduous nature.
Creating the skyglade
Now it’s not all doom and gloom, I’m very much a glass half full gardener so when I see spaces in the garden from the removal of these plants, I see opportunities.
One of these opportunities was suggested by one of our fabulous volunteers. Using the larch that was recently felled in the upper area of the West Wood, we are creating a skyglade.
The skyglade involves burying the milled sections of wood at an angle allowing our visitors to safely lean back on the timber and get a different perspective as they look up at the canopy of the trees and the sky beyond.
Take a moment to pause and enjoy an alternative view.