NEXT WEEK - Cleaning the graffiti off the shelter and the skateboard ramps, bring sturdy plastic gloves and cleaning cloths. Any graffiti stops us retaining our Green Flag.
The delicate Snowdrop is the first glimpse of Spring in the bleakness of Winter as it works its way through the snow to bloom. These tiny flowers grow 3 to 4 inches tall and make an excellent ground cover in gardens and woodlands.
Snowdrops are one of the few flowers that only come in one colour – white. This is probably why the snowdrop symbolises purity, the traditional colour meaning of white flowers. It also symbolises hope, rebirth and consolation or sympathy.
One of the finest snowdrop species is Galanthus Elwesii, named after Henry John Elwes. Elwes was a larger than life character with an intense and wide-ranging interest in the natural world encompassing big game, insects, birds and botanty. On a visit to Turkey in early April 1874, Elwes came across ‘a fine large snowdrop’ while in the mountains near Smyrna. The snowdrop was subsequently named G. elwesii by Joseph Hooker and was illustrated by W.H. Fitch in Curtis’s botanical magazine in 1875.
A woodland walk among snowdrops is as refreshing as it is rejuvenating. In Norfolk, the River Stiffkey meanders gently through the Walsingham Abbey grounds, surrounded by carpets of snowdrops.
In the variety Galanthus Green Man the green marking on the side of the flower is thought to resemble a face, a first glimpse of this charismatic figure peeping out and marking the quickening of the year.
Our Wednesday morning litter pick continues to thrive with team members working on Norwich Road, along the Thoroughfare, in the Park and through to the Millennium Green. Many hands make light work and we are always looking for more hands to join us as the weather improves. We meet at 9am at the entrance to the Park.
BUT A CANDIDATE FOR THE STOCKS HAS LEFT THEIR TAG
-Can you help us find out who it is?
From Halesworth Town Council
A good start has already been made by various residents acting as Tree Wardens and also with the activities of Halesworth in Bloom. The idea is to build on this initial work so
as to get a comprehensive overview of the arboreal assets in Halesworth, draw up plans for their maintenance and to identify other sites where trees would improve the character of an area .
Achocha's grow huge fruit about 5 -6 inches long.
They are tasty both raw and cooked - very like sweet green peppers. And the huge vines yield lots of fruit. Amazing! Fried, or stuffed and roasted, it makes a great dinner. Lets see who can grow the most fruit and the longest vine from one seed.
The first to contact HIB will get one seed from our store of ten. First come get!!!
Meet Rosie Quine in her new Shop on the Bridge. She knows how to 'dress her Shop' Flowers transform places and that's what we aim to do for Halesworth in Bloom!
MORE FLOWERS, FLOWERS, FLOWERS VERY BRIGHT FLOWERS !!!!!! Maybe this is one way?
But remember the advice of our Front garden Winner
Watch, Water and Feed - Miracle Grow? Seaweed extract? Rotted Pig poo? Chicken manure pellets? What is you secret ingredient? Add your comment!
Punt launched to public acclaim!
Around fifteen supporters braved a cold wind to witness the naming and launching of our new work punt from the canal towpath last Tuesday.
Her majesty was present in effigy and the launching honours devolved to Gillie and Jane who discharged their responsibities magnificently. The punt bears the name of Patrick Stead, who did so much to defend the Navigation in former times, and was duly baptised with local ale - more fitting than champagne for a town that owes much of its prosperity to a historic national thirst for beer. The punt will be used to clear litter and reed from the waterway - we have already retrieved one plastic bottle and more will follow. The Reach will once more have regular navigation - albeit on a reduced scale!
Patrick will be joined by Wren another punt now resting in Halesworth and more used to Easton reed beds hence the name Wren after the little River Wren from Wrentham which used to be far bigger and provide those in Wrentham with a place to swim.