The weather forecast had got it all wrong..again! I was dressed for the torrential rain predicted but was greeted with a beautiful early spring day at Milton Creek Country Park in Sittingbourne. Sunday morning, church bells ringing and a woodpecker drumming in the poplar trees, not a bad way to start the day.
Carol J Donaldson Associates had returned to help friends of the park with planting trees and managing the new hedgerows .
The crack crew of eleven local residents, ranging from Ethan aged 5 to volunteers in there 70’s, set to work planting dog rose and hawthorn, sure to give a beautiful display of blossom in a few years time and provide spring nectar for the park’s rare bees.
Following this, Ethan and Madison tidied up fallen tree shelters and had an impromptu lesson in worm charming, which saw us all jumping up and down on the spot, attempting to mimic blackbirds and raindrops in the hope it would charm worms from their underground lairs.
The rest of the gang gave the hedgerows a new lease of life by freeing the plants from the bramble thicket which was attempting to smother them. No one escaped this task without a few scratches but at the end of the day we all felt satisfied we were leaving the park once step closer to reaching its potential as a great place to visit for local residents.
The next task run by Medway Swale Estuary Partnership along with Carol J Donaldson Associates is on the 8th March 2015, when we plant to create some scallops in the woodland around the pond to create pockets of warmth for the butterflies which are sure to start appearing soon. Meet us at the park car park, just along from Asda in Sittingbourne at 10am.