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Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Eryri
Welsh Highland Railway Society

Society Projects
Photo: Graham Cartland Glover  

Tending Beddgelet Station's flower beds


The Project:

The project aims to keep all the railway's gardens  and 'green bits' in a presentable order . There is close collaboration with this group and the Society's 'Adopt a Station' initiative. 

Joint Landscape Group


The next JLG working party for 2015 will be the Autumn Blitz on 9th October to 12th October inclusive.

 
The pattern of visits will follow the usual routine.
 
            Friday 9 October         Waunfawr                    10.00  -  16.30
            Saturday 10 October   Dinas                           10.00  -  16.00
            Sunday 11 October     Dinas                           10.00  -  16.30
            Monday 12 October    Rhyd Ddu                    10.00  -  16.30
                                                
 
Main tasks for the Working Party at all locations will be:
 
WAUNFAWR
1. De-grass and weed all platform beds as required.
2. Undertake autumn pruning and lopping of shrubs and trees.  Reshape trees as required.
3. Cut back all herbaceous plants that have finished flowering.
4. Top up the ballast to platform level in the platform cesses in the Twin Shelters Bed.
5. Re organise the overcrowded Grass Garden in the Water Tower Bed
6. Top up woodchip mulch in all of the Beds.

 
DINAS
1. De-grass and weed the Herb Bed, Twin Bridges, Bank and Trackside Borders.
2. Dead head herbaceous planting and put in infill planting in the Trackside Border.
3. Remove excess Crocosmias in the the crowded areas of the Bungalow Border.
4. Slate Mulch the perimeter of the Bungalow Border.
5. Complete digging out the grass edging trench around the Dinas Station sign
6. Autumn prune the shrubs along both sides of the Lon Eifion boundary fence and plant the cleared areas of the Trackside Border alongside the fence with blocks of new herbaceous planting. Intensify the density of of low level herbaceous planting along the edge of the trackbed
7. Top up any areas that require new wood chip mulch.
8. Plant spring bulbs around the perimeter of the Bungalow Border
9. Complete planting between the vehicle turning head and the hedge on Water Authority boundary

 
RHYD DDU
1. De-grass and weed in the Car Park Border and the platform beds
2. Cut back hard all herbaceous plants in the Car Park Border except the Irises
3. Trim the edge of the grass bank behind the Car Park Border
4. Replant the Southern Platform Planter.
5. Trim and weed the Alpine Gardens in the three platform beds; and re-organise and prepare the Scree Garden for replanting with new stock in 2016
6. Modify fern planting in the Stumpery and improve the soil structure in the lowest level to improve the drainage and Ph levels.
7. Modify the layout of the Heather Garden and the Grass Garden in the Station Shelter Bed
8. Top up grit and slate mulch as required.


 
Will individual volunteers please let me know by 16 September if they are able to join us at the Autumn Blitz even if it’s for only half a day, so that I can work out a more detailed programme.
 
I hope to see as many of you as possible in October as this will be the last JLG that I will be organising. Unless someone comes forward to take my place before the New Year this will in fact be the last JLG and I hope that we can all discuss together how we can develop different ways to keep and improve the standard of landscape maintenance on the WHR
 
I intend to organise a last Dinner at the Goat Inn on the Saturday evening. Everyone who can come will be welcome join us for an enjoyable social get together.

If you are able to attend please let Graham know asap - details below.


Volunteers:
If you can, please bring with you the following gardening tools:-  Fork, spade, rake, hoe, trowel, small fork, pruning saw, loppers of all types, secateurs and shears. In addition long handled lawn edgers and a stout pair of scissors are very useful for cutting back herbaceous plants in deep borders.  
You will need to wear an orange hi-viz jacket or waistcoat with stout clothing and footwear.  Waterproof clothing is strongly recommended.   

Note: Please let Graham Cartland Glover know if and when you will be able to attend any of the working parties. He can be contacted on 01483 473440, gglover@toucansurf.com. If you have time sheets please bring them with you, if not he will provide some on the day.

Knowledge of plants and shrubs is not essential as many jobs require muscle power and stamina with shovels, barrows and saws.  Come and join Graham and his team whether for half a day or the full four days.



Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Eryri is a Registered Charity, №1094938


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