In November I was made aware of the ‘Tree o’clock’ event by a member of the Church, along with the offer of paying for a tree if I wished to find out more.


So, away I went and found out more!


The ‘Tree o’clock’ campaign was an effort by the Woodlands Trust and BBC Breathing Places to encourage as many people as possible to plant as many trees as possible in multiple locations across Great Britain in 1 hour on December 5th between 11.00am and 12.00am.  It was also preferable to plant a tree/trees native to Great Britain.  Did you know we have 32 native trees in Great Britain?


After consulting my book at home and the internet, I paid a couple of visits to local garden centres to take a look at the selection available.  I invited the ‘said’ Church member to the garden centre and, with discussion over coffee, decided the hawthorn would be a good choice of tree.  The tree is called Paul’s Scarlet and will have deep red double flowers in Spring followed by red berries, which will provide food for the birds in the Autumn and Winter.  The hawthorn also has a religious link in that early Christians associated it with Joseph of Aramethia, owner of the tomb in which Jesus was placed after the Crucifixion. Joseph was said to have planted his hawthorn staff in the ground during a visit to Glastonbury in Somerset and it sprouted to produce a ‘Holy Thorn’ that blooms at Christmas.


I decided that the best place to plant a tree for all to see was the triangular bed in the car park but, realised that I would need to clear it of some very old leggy shrubs.  I arrived early on Saturday November 28th to begin pruning back the shrubs to ground level chatting to various people coming in for coffee etc.  One visitor was Jackie Wrench who thought I might need a hand so duly summoned Bob who turned up a little later, accompanied by son John, wielding a pick axe and axe.  I have to say, that after a lot of effort, the roots were removed leaving me to dig over the soil and dig the hole in preparation to receive the tree.


Tony Light also arrived and very kindly offered to take the bags of green waste to the tip. So once again, the job was completed with the help of Church members and I am very grateful.







On December 5th several people turned up for the planting at 11.15am, including Christine Tucker and Christopher Spivey armed with cameras to record the event.  Everyone who attended, including some Guides, had the opportunity to add a spade full of soil and share in the planting ceremony.


What a sense of achievement!
















Santa Clause left a present at Christmas for the Guides in the shape of a bird feeding station along with peanuts, seed, fat balls and feeders, just in time for the arrival of the snow.




I did venture out into the garden after the snow fall and took some photos of a very quiet and peaceful patio garden.





I will be studying a few seed catalogues over the next few weeks in preparation for a whole new year of growing on my allotment.  No doubt I will include some bits and pieces for the patio vegetable garden and see if there can be some more produce for sale after Church on a Sunday during the summer months.


January and February have been very quiet but, as I write in early March, greenery is beginning to appear in the form of shooting bulbs all over the garden.  Let’s hope that it will be a very fruitful year with a few new additions to both the vegetable garden and the flower beds.  I am certainly looking forward to a new season!

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