|Iaroslava cradles her little plant bundles of joy!|
|Are four paws are better than two when it comes to volunteering?|
|Endless boxes of plants lined up on the Knights Park wall.|
Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris) is a member of the buttercup family which flowers between March and June. We even had one or two flowers on the ones we put in which gave a very welcome injection of colour.
|This charming marsh marigold brightened our day and is a sign of more flowers to come along this stretch of the Hogsmill.|
Branched Bur Reed (Sparganium Erectum) will provide an important habitat for wildfowl nesting, roosting and feeding once established. To help it on its way we ensured it was planted in the slower flowing, shallower to avoid submergence and dislodging.
But planting these in flowing water, albeit slowed by the brash and gravels, was a test of skill to get them the right height to avoid those sensitive plants being submerged and others floating away altogether! Gauging the correct depth was an unenviable task taken on by Toby, as the river levels here at the Hogsmill vary quickly and frequently. By the time we had finished, many plants had to be repositioned as the water levels had dropped by a good six inches.
To give the plants the best start possible, we wrapped many of the rootballs in hessian tied with twine - quite a fiddly job as it turned out! But we soon got a production line formed cutting squares of hessian, lengths of twine, removing plants from their pots, wrapping and tying. This was given an additional scoop or two of clay soil to supplement the soil they came with.
|Ben and Reenal prepare the wrapped plants|
|Helen perfects the art of wrapping the plug plants|
|Wrapped and ready to go, these plants are destined for the brash edge of our new riverbank area.|
|Lots of TLC was given to tucking each plant in|
|James secures his plant while he prepares a suitable spot to nestle it in the brash|
|Sivi and Sue redistribute some of the gravel in areas where it had built up too high, so it was ready to take the plants.|
|Pablo made quick work of planting in the gravel - good job too because as soon as a hole was dug and filled with soil, it began washing away!|
|Ben made sure the plants were evenly distributed in the submerged brash sections|
|Sian and Lauren set out the plants long the back wall|
|The ever-present post-knocker makes yet another appearance! Mark and Bill give it one last go!|
|Helen, Suzanne, Ben and Toby reel out the bird protection fencing|
|Volunteers stretch out the new safety fencing to catch stray litter|
|Interpretation signage indicates what you might see at the River now|
|The new plants look right at home here in the Hogsmill|
|Satisfied (and eager for celebratory cake!), the team put their feet up after a good day's work!|