Winter work at Colby Woodland Garden

Colby Woodland Garden in winter

With Christmas fast approaching and the nights closing in, it’s time to reflect on the year we’ve had here at Colby Woodland Garden.

People power

Now that the long summer days are gone, it’s time to crack on with the nitty gritty and complete our winter work at Colby Woodland Garden. There’s a lot that goes on behind-the-scenes to care for this special place.

We are fortunate to have a large and dedicated team of volunteers here who give up their time, year round to help maintain the gardens.

Winter work

Once our events programme concludes with the Winter Fair in mid-November, our attention is switched to the seemingly constant tasks of path maintenance and leaf clearing. 

With a full season’s growth to be cleared in the West Woods to better show our breathtaking display of spring flowers and carpets of bluebells, we will spend weeks up in the woods cutting back overgrown plants and carrying out essential tree works. 

As we continue to clear invasive rhododendrons and unkempt areas of the garden, we will also spend a lot of time on one of my favourite aspects of the job, replanting.

The last few years have welcomed large-scale planting at Colby during the winter months. We order the plants in late summer with places already in mind to replant throughout the garden. Planting, staking and mulching (weather permitting!) then takes place in the run up to Christmas and into the New Year.

I’m often asked about the overall size and shape of the plants we’re digging in – how the plants will grow and how they will be viewed by future generations is an important part of my work.

Looking ahead

With most of this year’s planting already completed and Christmas just a few short weeks away, it’s also a time to look ahead to the New Year and the 2018 season here at Colby Woodland Garden.