Volunteer update and Activities: March 2023

Thank you to everyone who came to volunteer in the Seafront Gardens during February.
We had a good weekend working on the pond in Beach Lawn, when 25 of us worked by hand (and root slayer!) to remove areas of the rushes and reeds that the digger hadn’t been able to reach in January.  We left some “islands” where we know lilies, marsh marigolds, iris and orchids will come up, as well an area of bullrushes so that the newts have somewhere for protection.  The debris has all been left around the pond, and Green Sefton have promised to clear it over the next few weeks.
We had seventeen at our Litter Pick in Beach Lawn and were pleased to be joined by a group from Mencap.  We were able to spread out into the other gardens, and also clear litter from the pavements.   A few of us continued to work on the pond, clearing loose debris from the water and we also moved 4 trolley loads of bricks and boulders that had been removed from the pond and took them round to the Beach Lawn depot for safe keeping.  We hope that in the future we may be able to reuse some of the old bricks to make repairs, and place the stone boulders back into the rockery.  We also took two car loads of rubble to the tip!
At our Tuesday, Sunday and Wednesday gardening sessions we had seven, four and six volunteers and continued to work on the path edges in Crescent Garden.
Our regular volunteer sessions this month will take place on:
Saturday 11th March at 10.30am – Litter Picking in Potter’s Barn
Tuesday 14th March at 9.30am – meeting at our lock up next to the cafe
Sunday 19th March at 2.00pm – meeting in Beach Lawn and
Wednesday 22nd March at 1.00pm – meeting at our lock up next to the cafe.
Gardening and litter picking equipment will be provided, as well as refreshments.
Looking forward to seeing you in March, 
Best wishes, 
Janet Markland
Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens