Wrenthorpe Park – Formal planted beds

As Wakefield Council can no longer afford to provide and maintain formal planted beds in the parks and open spaces for which it is responsible, a number of volunteer groups and societies have undertaken the task of doing so over a wide area.

WRENS have newly adopted four beds in Wrenthorpe Park adjacent to the one which was planted a few years ago with the letters WRENS in box within a planting of lavender. These are immediately outside the entrance to the bowling green.

Work started today 30 June 2016 on clearing these weedy beds with the welcome help from a team of volunteers from the Nationwide Building Society (see pictures below and click on them to expand) under the guidance of WRENS Vice-Chairman Charles (don’t call me Titchmarsh) Cantillon.

ADSC05288ADSC05286Although planting plans are not yet complete we hope that the new beds will be as follows:-

Bed 1 – To contain only English wildflowers. Although many consider such plants are not ideal for formal beds, with an untidy look, they are certainly attractive to the bees, butterflies and other insects. Although we are rather late in the season we have today planted this bed with foxgloves ( a biennial which will flower in 2017 and self seed), ragged robin and a mixture of cornflowers, poppies and daisies. A more comprehensive planting will take place in the Spring of next year.ADSC05289ADSC05290

Bed 2 – This will be planted next week with summer bedding plants including French Marigolds, Blue Lobelia, White Alyssum, Begonias, Verbena Bonariensis and Geraniums. When these have completed flowering in the Autumn then they will be removed and a planting of May flowering Tulips will be made to be replaced in June 2017 again with summer bedding plants.

Bed 3 – (Subject to cost) A Perennial bed possibly Roses inter-planted with Lilies.

Bed 4 – A bed entirely planted with herbs both popular and less well-known. It is hoped that it will be possible for the general public to pick (sparingly) from this bed and a guide to the herbs planted, together with their use, will also be on display.

Treasure Hunt – Sunday 12 June 2016

Despite the weather being rather wet, Wrens Treasure Hunt 2016 was quite successful with 9 teams, 33 participants and a dozen judges, committee members and other helpers.
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After an anti-rain dance (well it looked like one) from three of the judges and our President the competitors were sent on their way and told to return in less than an hour. The aim was to identify somewhere in Wrenthorpe 30 items, photograph the item with their numbered lollipop stick also in shot and record on their sheet the number of the photo taken with their phone or digital camera. Meanwhile the judges waited patiently for their return.

On arrival a judge was allocated and one member of the team was then required to locate the photo for each of the items on the sheet and satisfy the judge that, for example, the dot in the sky was in fact the pigeon, or dove, that was required. That’s the only item we are giving away so that we can use most of the items again next year. Meanwhile the rest of the team tucked into the refreshments that were available. A selection of photos follow, click on the image to increase its size.

Judges at the ready
Judges at the ready
A ‘Grilling’
Refreshments table
Refreshments table
A very dogg(i)ed team
A very dogg(i)ed team
Other teams
Other teams
Other teams
Other teams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the end the result was a very close thing.
In first place were Heselybobs with 30 correct
Second Tigers with 29
Third Super Speedy Sealers 28
All shown below receiving their prize from WRENS Chairman Nichola Bell
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