Volunteer Update and Activities: June 2023

Thank you to everyone who volunteered in the Waterloo Seafront Gardens during May.

We had 15 volunteers at our litter pick in Marine Garden.  A few of us worked on tidying the rockery and steps, and others litter picked in Marine Garden, along the roadside and the grass area in front of the Esplanade.

At our regular gardening sessions we continued to work in Crescent Garden, with a total of 17 volunteers over the 3 sessions.  It was good to meet and welcome a couple of new volunteers.  

We continued to work on edging the “top” pathway (2 more sessions and we should be finished! On that path at least!!), and we also weeded the central raised bed/ex pond.  There’s still a small area left to complete, but once that’s done, we’ll cover it with a good layer of wood chip in the hope that that will keep the weeds down for a while.

We were also pleased to be joined by two volunteer teams during May: 6 workers from United Utilities who worked on edging and clearing the crazy paving pathway at the bottom on the steps in Marine Garden; and 8 from Commercial Crown Services who worked on edging the grass beds in the centre of Crescent Garden.  Both teams did fantastic work which has really made a difference, as you can see in the photos below, and would have taken our regular volunteers months to complete!  The Team from CCS hope to come back in June to complete work on the other central beds in Crescent.

Many of our members have also been out litter picking on their own, helping to clear the litter left by visitors during half term, and during this lovely spell of good weather.  Thank you to all those who spend their time trying to keep Waterloo looking good.

Our volunteer sessions this month take place on :

Saturday 10th June, meeting in Crescent Garden at 10.30am
Tuesday 13th June, meeting outside our lockup next to the cafe at 9.30am
Sunday 18th June, meeting in Crescent Garden in the central area at 2.00pm and
Wednesday 28th June, meeting outside our lock up at 7.00pm (summer timing)

As usual, all equipment, and refreshments will be provided.

Best Wishes,

Janet Markland
Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens