Planting starts at George Rose Community Garden, Darlaston

On Saturday 1st March 2014, Valerie helped with planting at George Rose Community Garden, on Herbert’s Park Road.

Valerie said:

“I was delighted to help plant a new hedgerow at George Rose Community Garden, which has been funded by Birmingham & Black Country Nature Improvement Area and Defra/Natural England. It was wonderful to see so many members of the local community turn out to take part in the development of this new green space in Darlaston, making it a much cleaner place to live.”

“On Saturday a tremendous effort was made by the members of Darlaston’s local community, along with help from young people from the air cadets and local people to plant this 90m long hedgerow. The hedgerow will be made up of hawthorn, dogrose and holly. Sue from the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country encouraged us to continue planting. We had to dig on land that was previously derelict with lots of rubble. A robin looked on as I dug through the heavy clay soil but the weather was lovely which helped our cause.”

“I had previously visited this site in June 2013. After my visit I put the organisers in touch with the Wildlife Trust who were giving away free trees. I am delighted that the Wildlife Trust have become involved in the project. The George Rose Community Gardens is a wonderful example of what can happen when the community works together. Walsall MBC and their Green Spaces Officer Alison and her small team together with the community organiser Shaun Ghosh have worked hard to get this project off the ground.”