Under the direction of the new gardener-in-charge Robert Smith, this will be an interesting time for the gardening team here as a garden management plan is slowly put into place. The long term aim is to make the garden an even more pleasant place for visitors to sit awhile whilst returning it to its former Arts & Crafts glory.
Before Robert’s arrival, the garden was being run solely by volunteers who did a great job. Robert wants to build on their hard work with the main focus this year being a programme of tree pruning. Unfortunately one of our large oak trees at the front of the property has had to be taken down after a tree report confirmed that it had a fungal disease. Removal of some other ash and sycamore trees is also in the plan in order to allow more light and air into the orchard. This will help to start a regeneration of the garden.
Making space for future planting
With the kind donation of a chipper/shredder from the Friends of the Red House we will be able to cut back shrubs and remove some of the ground-covering ivy. This will help us to open up garden space to allow for future planning and planting. Using the chipper/shredder will speed up our composting procedure so we will be able to improve the soil by putting the compost back into the garden.
The vegetable garden will be under the guidance of Paul, one of the garden volunteers. The planting will be much the same as last year but we will be introducing a cut flower border to attract beneficial insects which will help with pest control. This is a very exciting time for the garden and everyone at the Red House is looking forward to a challenging year and seeing the results of our hard work.