Volunteer Update and Activities: December 2023

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

We had thirteen at our Litter Pick in Marine Garden, which meant we had enough volunteers to spread out into Marine Crescent and the field in front of The Esplanade, and a few of us worked on the rockery, weeding and clearing the steps.

Our Sunday gardening session was cancelled because of rain, but we had five at our Tuesday morning session, and six at the Wednesday afternoon session.  We continued our work re-clearing the path edges that we had worked on earlier in the year.  This time it has only taken 3 sessions to reach the mid-point at the main gates, so hopefully we can complete the other half by the end of January.  And then we start all over again!  This work isn’t technical gardening, but it does make the garden look more cared for and it’s good to be able to see immediately what a difference a couple of hours of work can make.  Please come along and join us – you don’t need to be an expert gardener to make a difference.

Our volunteer sessions in December will take place on the following dates.  

Saturday 9th – Litter Picking at 10.30am in Crescent Garden.
Tuesday 12th – Gardening/Path Clearing at 9.30am meeting near Waterloo Sunset cafe.
Sunday 17th – Gardening/Path Clearing at 2.00pm meeting near Waterloo Sunset cafe.

All equipment is provided, as well as hot drinks and chocolate biscuits (and a Mince Pie option as it’s December!).

We had a successful AGM at the Victoria Hotel in November, and were pleased to be joined by many of our members – thank you to everyone who attended and to all who have supported us over the past year.  Our Annual Report was presented, and we discussed plans for future projects in the Gardens, followed by wine and mince pies.  

With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Janet Markland
Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens