Garden

The garden is maintained jointly by the County Council and a small  group of FRRL garden volunteers who meet regularly  – if you are an experienced gardener and would like to help, you will be most welcome. Just e-mail FRRL to express an interest!

Typical Monthly Garden Update (Jan. 2016):

We got through an impressive amount of work:

  •  RHS compost bin emptied, and contents spread on the front garden.
  •  Fruit trees trimmed.
  • Tree pit 11 (see report below) edged and weeded.
  • Some daffodil bulbs rescued from the lawn near tree pit 1 and planted in tree pit 11.
  • Tree pit 3 edged and weeded.
  • Tree pit 8 (not yet adopted) tidied.
The garden now looks loved and cared for. There’s still a lot to do, of course:
  • Tree pits 12 and 13 remain unadopted. Nothing much is growing in that area – a scheme for a wildlife-friendly planting with perennials and low shrubs is proposed to hide a damp-stained area of library wall incorporating tree pits 12 and 13. All we need is someone to do the digging and planting, and someone to do maintenance – another adopter, in fact.
  • The LHS compost bin needs turning into the RHS bin. Once this is done, we can adjust the chain on the LHS bin so as to stop the slats falling out.
  • Tree pit 6  still needs weeding and planting as the daffodil bulbs are coming through (the adopted has plans to do this)!
  • The neighbouring garden on Rock Road has an elderly crab apple on the boundary with the library garden. This tree is in an unhappy state. with canker and woolly aphid, and it overhangs the library garden. The owner is happy for us to cut it back on our side.

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FRRL Garden Report January 15

FRRL Garden Report December 14;

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Feline friend enjoying the sunshine, October 2014.

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The garden to the rear of the library building has been transformed in recent years since the Friends decided to create a community garden behind the library building in 2009.

Library Back Garden 2013

Library Back Garden 2013

The garden had previously been an overgrown and unfriendly grass space, lacking security and any character.  The intention was to create an area which could be enjoyed by local residents and by users of the  Library.  Members of the community turned out in force to prepare the garden and to plant.  Green Man Landscapes in Whittlesford kindly donated 124 native hedge plants, a mixture of hawthorn, holly and wild rose.  The plants were chosen to create a haven for wildlife as well as improve security.

Big dig 2010

The Friends decided to further enhance the space by planting a heritage orchard.  The funds to purchase twelve trees were raised by subscriptions from members of the Friends group.  They were planted during National Tree Week 2009, as part of the BBC’s attempt to break the record for planting the most trees across the country in one hour.   The majority of the apple trees were specially chosen as varieties local to the Cambridge area, some dating from the late 1800’s.

planting apple trees 2

The trees first fruited in 2011 and a small basket of eating apples was placed in the library for people to help themselves.

Since these early days, the garden has been the focus of many community events.  Members of the Friends regularly get together for weeding mornings and watering the trees.  The local Beavers group helped by also doing some weeding and by planting a bed of sunflowers, cornflowers and californian poppies which brightened the garden during the summer months.  Storytime groups meet in the garden for reading sessions when the weather is fine.

An annual sunflower-growing competition was instigated.  Children planted the seeds at a special event in March and judging took place in September.  Children were encouraged to check the progress of the plants over the spring and summer.  The prize for the tallest sunflower was a signed book by children’s author Martin Jenkins, who presented the prize in person.

winning sunflower

In October 2012, we held our first Apple Day with games and competitions, apple tasting, apple pressing and crafts.  It was a great success and well attended.

apple bobbing apple and spoon race rock road library photo 4

Our latest addition to the garden arrived in May 2013 – two benches for relaxing, reading and socialising followed in Summer 2014 by garden doors giving easy access to the garden from the new children’s room.

For more pictures of the garden’s development, see the FRRL Garden Blog.

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Mary Lachlan-Cope’s Design, 2010 

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