18 June 2018 - St. Peter's Raised-bed Garden

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St. Peter's Raised-bed Garden

At our AGM in May we heard news that the Maldon Pioneers have been offered a raised bed in the communal Gardens of St. Peters at the top of Market hill.
Arranged by Dorreen Linton – Maldon in Bloom in Partnership with Maldon Town Council and local business.
Having secured the compost it was all systems go to organise a planting session. Help came from Sam Tyrell, the mother of one of our younger Pioneers James has been liaising with Rhiain Oakley (Community champion Tesco Maldon) to secure donated plants for the raised bed. We are extremely grateful to Rhiain at Tesco for her help with supplying plants and also helping with the planting too.
Sam, James, Rhiain, Dorreen, Lynne and I met at 2pm on Thursday 14th June and got to work putting the plants in. It didn’t take long before the plants were in and we made sure that the plants got a good watering. Its important that everyone involved gets involved looking after and tending to the garden. We need as much help as possible to visit the garden and help water it and pull up any weeds that come up.
The idea is that the Pioneers will take ownership of the bed and I have floated the idea of this becoming a place of calm reflection for Pioneers to enjoy and look after. The garden wants be a place that Pioneers can go and work on as and when they can. It may be as part of a Thursday Group, Monday ‘drop-in’? Others may like to get together as a small working party to tend to the garden. You may however just feel like going there on your own to reflect or see it as a place to go with others to talk?
I propose that the garden be filled with Perennials (year after year) and reflect a traditional English cottage garden. In the sprit of Pioneers, the Garden should welcome input from other organisations and the general public all pulling together.
Gardens can mean different things to different people and mindful that Pioneers have lost some special friends over recent times; it would be appropriate that some Pioneers and helpers might wish to use this place to remember loved ones who sadly are no longer with us in person, only in memory.
We may therefore wish to include:
t-light style lanterns (minus the t-lights) in amongst the flowers?
Small wind chimes could be hung in the trees?
We may like to place small plaques with tributes and names around the wooden sleepers of the raised bed?
Dorreen is proposing that we organise a date for an unveiling ceremony and invite the previous Town Council Environment Officer to come back to Maldon for this special event.
Tony Morrell