The Rock Garden – or Rookery – is looking truly wonderful at the moment. Check out this:
(In the first image, if you look closely, you can just see Andy Jeavons, the Rock Garden’s manager, with one of the volunteers.)
The shrubs, beds, lawns and trees are singing with colour and look beautifully kept. The cascades are now switched on for the summer and the sound of trickling and rushing water adds to the ‘Garden of Eden’ feeling. Thank you to Andy and the volunteers for a stunning display. Apparently some residents decided to give their terrapin a brief outing in the Rock Garden pond. Duh! The terrapin took off, delighted by its huge new ‘home’ and has defied all attempts at capture. It’s been decided to leave it there, it’s not doing any harm and it’s good fun trying to spot it, it’s quite big!
There will be a flurry of activity on 26 and 27 April when a group of students start work at the top of the garden. It’s part of an Albion in the Community project, a National Citizen’s service – akin to the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. They will design, project-manage and create a new look to that part of the garden. They’re hoping to hold a gathering for local residents, with refreshments, to celebrate the achievement on 4 May. More about this nearer the time.
You may have spotted a new notice at the entrances to the garden explaining some of the things you can see: