Landscaping Proposals for a Community Garden

The Landscaping Plan shows the area outlined in blue on the WSP scale plan dated December 2011, with the main proposals shown as follows:

Seating area: The seat was formerly located in the old community garden and will be repositioned in a similar spot but rotated by 90 degrees to face the new garden. It will be installed by WSP and placed on a concrete plinth. 

Red sandstone blocks: These will be placed where shown to prevent slippage of soil where a kerb edging is absent and to prevent damage to the garden by vehicles or cycles. 

Boundary hedge: This will form a boundary to the community garden and screen off the road to the south and west, the metal crash barriers and other road furniture on the approach to the roundabout. This should provide a better view for pedestrians approaching the village from the railway station and the south of the village, and for those living in nearby houses. As agreed with the SCC Highways Officer, it will follow the red dotted line and not exceed more than 1.2m - 1.5m in height and width. The species chosen for this hedge are Rosa rugosa alba and Rosa rugosa scabrosa. They are wild roses with white or red flowers from spring to late summer, followed by orange and red rosehips in the autumn. They are also disease-resistant, thrive in poor soils and require minimal maintenance. 

Planting Option 2/B: This bed is more than double the size of Option A and again win receive more sun and rain and have a greater depth of soil than the old garden. Consequently, there will be more scope for the planting of a variety of shrubs which will provide more floral and foliage interest throughout the four seasons. The perennials from the old garden will be relocated between the shrubs.

Other considerations 

Financial costs 

the boundary hedge will have to be costed and will require soil improver and fertiliser on planting; perennial plants for Option A are currently ‘heeled in’ at Conquest Farm and so the only outlay would be the cost of additional bulbs, soil improver and fertiliser; plants for Option B, i.e. new shrubs, would have to be costed but the perennials and planting materials would be the same as for Option 1; the community may wish to contribute to any costs incurred. 

Maintenance 

planting plans will be needed for both Options 1 & 2; planting time will be late autumn 2017 and hopefully the plants will become established over the winter and need little watering; the area of grass (dotted on the plan) will require cutting by TDBC or the Parish Council; volunteers will be needed for digging over the plot, adding soil improver, planting and future maintenance. This could become a whole community effort but will obviously require more manpower if Option 2 is chosen. A rota of teams may be needed.

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