If you have visited the park recently you might have noticed progress with the orchard. The trees are in and are being watered, four sturdy benches made from recycled tropic hardwood for seating are now complete and very soon raised beds will appear for planting with herbs.
The four meadow areas visible in the photos have now been planted with flowers, a mixture of a “flowering- lawn-wildflower and grass seed mix” (Wildflowers 20%: Betony, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Common Sorrel, Ladys Bedstraw, Meadow Buttercup, Oxeye Daisy, Rough Hawkbit, Selfheal, Sheeps Sorrel, Toadflax, Wild Mignonette & Wild Red Clover. Grasses 80%: Crested Dogstail, Chewings Fescue, Slender Creeping Red Fescue, Browntop Bentgrass, Small Leaved Timothy, Yellow Oatgrass, Sweet Vernal Grass, Meadow Foxtail) and a “dwarf-meadow-wildflower mix” (Wildflowers 100%: African Daisy, Blue Flax, California Poppy, Candy Tuft, Fairy Toadflax, Larkspur, Love-In-A-Mist, Red Flax, Shirley Singles Poppy, Blanket Flower, Carthusian Pink, English Marigold & Feathered Pink) which should introduce both an annual and perennial element to the orchard.
Also done today is a new mown path along the north-west part of the north meadow, where trees were planted by Trees for Cities earlier this spring. This had closed off wheelchair access to that edge of the meadow, but it is now nicely restored.