Just look at that sunshine (see below)! The weather gods once again smiled on us and Remembrance day dawned bright and sunny; a wonderful backdrop to our annual service marking the Armistice in WW1.
Reverend Carol Backhouse from Christchurch led proceedings as usual. We really are lucky to have someone who gets so involved in important local Community events – thank you, Rev Carol!
Once again, children from 4 local schools attended – in strictly alphabetical order…….Castle View, Cathedral, Central Lancaster High, and Christchurch. It’s great that the Field can serve as a focus for all our local schools on such an important topic and with such direct relevance to the gift of the Field to the children of Lancaster. Their behaviour was described as ‘exemplary’, with the 2 minutes silence perfectly observed; well done all.
As well as local children we were also delighted to welcome our seasoned supporters MP Cat Smith and County Councillor Lizzie Collinge, both in (carefully selected?) poppy red coats, and City Councillor Sam Riches. We greatly appreciate the time and effort they give in supporting us.
On Saturday 11th at 11a.m. a Remembrance event was also held at the Gregson as part of their 40th Anniversary celebrations. The emphasis was on the links between the Gregson and Miss Whalley’s Field (also known as ‘The Gregson Garden’). Without the tragedy of the First WW it is probable that Miss Whalley’s Field would not exist.
PS There’s also an article about the Field in The Lancaster Guardian this week.
Many thanks to the 20 volunteers (including some very welcome new faces) who turned out at such short notice on Saturday to plant over 700 wild flower plugs in the newly mown areas of the Field. The weather was benign and the volunteers really got stuck in and completed the job in record time – anyone would think some of them had done it before!!
A really excellent result. Richard and Catherine (our seed growers who have been nurturing these plug plants for months) were very happy to see them installed so efficiently before the weather turns too cold.
Well done and thanks to everyone involved!
It’s amazing isn’t it?…. Everyone knows how to cut the grass….you wait until it gets long and then get out the lawn mower and cut it. Simples!!
Well, not really. In fact it’s quite a complicated business as anyone who has left some of their lawn uncut during the past year or two knows . The uncut grass grows long and becomes much more attractive to all sorts of wild life, mostly insects and butterflies. It also sets seeds. However if the grass is then cut and left to rot down, the wild flowers may find the soil becomes too fertile for them to thrive. If on the other hand the grass cuttings are removed, there is a good chance that all the seeds will be removed with the cut grass, so no new plants will germinate!
Anyway, anyone who has been reading these posts over the past few years knows that we have a grandly named ‘MOWING REGIME’ on Miss Whalley’s Field with different bits of the Field designated for mowing at different times over a period of years. This plan has been drawn up by our resident expert Richard, in consultation with our friends at the Council (who actually do the mowing for us).
Mowing time is here so, weather permitting, you may see the Council’s Amazone mower buzzing around the Field in the next few weeks. We thought everyone would like to know what is happening, so here is a map of the areas designated for mowing this autumn. As you will see, Areas ‘A’ and ‘D’ are scheduled to have a haircut this year. Just click here……
So don’t be alarmed; it is all part of the long term plan to make the Field as nature-friendly and attractive as possible. It will also make it much easier to put in further plug plants, so watch this space!