News 2012

Girl on stepping stones, Highlands Gardens


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The Big Lunch

We held a Big Lunch / Jubilee Party on Sunday June 3rd 2012 in the gardens. We managed to hire the hall downstairs at the Greenhill New Church at short notice to keep us out of the rain while we had our lunch, decorated cakes and drew the raffle, and ventured out into the rain for egg-and-spoon races, a tug of war and the national anthem. See Jubilee Party Photos 2012. The rain doesn't show up on the photos, but it was pretty wet. Thanks again to the local businesses who donated raffle prizes. This helped cover the hire of the hall and costs of the day. Please support our local businesses! They were:

  • the cake donated by Victoria Oya,
  • a cut and blow dry from Daniel Field,
  • a manicure from Skindeep,
  • a fruit basket from Greenhill Greengrocers,
  • £10 worth of meat from Moore and Sons butchers,
  • a T - shirt from the Honda Shop,
  • a fish supper from Freshfry fish and chips and
  • a haircut from The Barber Shop.

Wildflower Meadow

The area towards the top of Highlands Gardens was planted by our Gardening Club in autumn 2008 as a wildflower meadow. We planted over 500 plants altogether, of about 20 species.

There have already been some primroses in flower and there will be plenty of others as the year progresses. The area will be managed as a meadow, so it will only be cut in September and February each year.

The Council's tree division have started taking down some of the large evergreen trees which were beginning to dominate. This work will continue over a period of years as taking out too many at once can cause 'heave' and localised drainage problems.

Water sometimes flowing

The pump for the stream and waterfall now has a switch fitted so that it turns itself off when the water level falls.

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