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‘Happy gardening everyone,’ it’s National Gardening Week

That’s the message from Adrian, who looks after our allotment sites as part of his role at Weymouth Town Council. Here he tells us what he enjoys about gardening during National Gardening Week which runs until May 5th.

“I really enjoy my garden and, in my time away from work, I spend plenty of time ’pottering’ around my little patch.

“The weather has not been kind to us gardeners so far this year with all that liquid sunshine we have been exposed to. Despite this, nature has a way of making up lost ground.

“Whilst my daffodils had a poor showing this year the other bulbs did well providing a splash of colour in the border and my pots on the patio. I have noticed a marked change in the buds, leaves and different blossom appearing in our gardens. The roses and climbers seemed to have grown five feet this week alone… summer is coming!

“Hopefully, now we’re in May the weather could be on the turn, and many of our allotment holders’ will be turning their attention to preparing their plots for a new season.

“As well as growing our own veg, this is a great opportunity for all us gardeners to look at different ways to incorporate spaces for our wildlife, different methods of preserving soil health and water conservation.

“Dorset Wildlife Trust have a green spaces recognition award for gardeners interested in improving their garden, patio, or balcony to attract different wildlife. Some good hints and tips are provided on making little differences that can really help. If you’re interested in making your garden more wildlife-friendly, visit Dorset Wildlife Trust’s website.”

And if you’ve not got a garden or balcony space, our gardeners take a lot of pride in maintaining Weymouth Town Council’s parks and gardens for the benefit of residents. From Sandsfoot Gardens just off the Rodwell Trail to the Nothe Gardens, there are plenty of places to explore and take in some stunning views. Visit parks and gardens on our website to find out more.

Follow the link to the RHS National Gardening Week to find out more about improving soil health, ‘drought resistant planting’ and many other useful tips and advice.

Pretty borders in Adrian’s garden, pictured left

Adrian, our Parks and Open Spaces Administrative Officer, pictured right

Adrian, WTC staff member