Thanks to the generosity of those who came along with plants to share, the Bring and Take aspect of the plant sale raised £300 for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance. And the very successful bird watching walks from Spring Fest were reprised very kindly by Richard Tomlin, and the donations in gratitude for these wonderful experiences have raised £75 for the local Wildlife Trust. This brings to almost £800 raised for charity by the Gardeners this year alone, we're delighted!
The next month or two are habitually quieter ones in the Gardeners' calendar, whilst we enjoy the (hopefully) sunnier weather in our own gardens. But rest assured that we have plans for the autumn, and will let you know what they are closer to the time.
I've been sent a request by Holy Trinity Church to see if there is anyone amongst the Gardeners' email list who would like to get involved with a project to look at the diversity of species in the churchyard. Their message is below:
This year, June 5 to 13 is the national ‘Churches Count on Nature’ wildlife survey. You are invited to come and visit Holy Trinity churchyard any time that week, bring your camera, field guide or phone app, and see how many plants and creatures you can spot and identify. You can then email your findings to firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ll then collate all your discoveries and upload them to the national Caring for God’s Acre survey site, and all data will later be freely available via the National Biodiversity Network Atlas. The NBN Atlas doesn't have any entries for Holy Trinity yet, and we want to change that, with your help.
More information can be found on Holy Trinity’s homepage - Holy Trinity Seer Green & Jordans (seergreenandjordanscofe.org)
More Information on the Churches Count on Nature
Plants and Wildlife in the Seer Green churchyard
Microsoft Word - Plants & wildlife in Seer Green churchyard (d3hgrlq6yacptf.cloudfront.net)
Wishing you happy times outside, whether in your gardens or in the countryside this summer.