Calling all gardeners

At the last History Hour session, we heard from Geoff Hirst about his memories of starting work in Greenhead Park as a gardener in the early 1960’s. At that time, there were no less than 27 gardening staff based in the park, with time and resources to spend on creating intricate carpet bedding designs in the Italian Gardens as well as keeping the grassed areas, flowerbeds and shrub displays in tip-top order.

Carpet bedding in days gone by

Things have changed a lot since then, but the few gardening staff we now have are working very hard to repair areas damaged during the restoration work, keep up with routine maintenance and create and maintain attractive floral displays.
Green-fingered Friends of Greenhead Park are lending a hand to get the park in shape with a weekly gardening session on Wednesday afternoons. We meet at the Rose Garden (near the conservatory) at 2.30pm – and finish at about 4pm. We’ve already tackled a variety of jobs from planting out summer bedding to weeding, and are working on plans to give the Rose Garden a makeover too.
Hard at work!

If you like gardening and have a bit of time to spare, do come and join us on a Wednesday afternoon.  Tools are provided, though you may want to bring your own gardening gloves.