Bourne Inspiration: Original Business Plan
The site concerned is the walled garden, originally part of the Wyndham Estate but now forming the rear of the Bourne Hill Campus. The following are the tasks we have set ourselves. Some might be tackled concurrently if there are sufficient volunteers.
The central area is overgrown grass (not meadow) which needs to be cut back to turf. We shall then see if part of it is suitable for a children's play area. Part may well be turned into beds with winding grass paths. The paths would also lead to the sundial.
The area with ivy ground-cover is thick with bindweed and self-set plants including trees. Any re-usable plant to be removed first and potted-up. The rest to be removed for composting. The beds will then be painstakingly raked over by hand to unwind the bindweed which can then be sprayed against a safe background with a systemic weedkiller.
The west-facing wall at the north end is completely overgrown and needs cutting back and pruning.
The north pergola is in a sad state. It needs to be cut right back and the growth composted. The Kiwi plant probably needs to be removed and/or re-sited as it is far too invasive. The Solanum should also be re-sited. The soil should be refreshed with composted manure.
Cuttings of the vine should be taken and potted-on. These can then be planted at the back of the pergola and properly trained so we have a consistent theme.
The climbers at the front of the pergola (several are missing) need to be sorted and arranged into a theme such as alternate Passionflowers and Roses.
The water butt should be emptied, cleaned and connected properly to the guttering.
The compost bins should be emptied, cleaned, repaired and re-used correctly.
All paths and paving to be weeded.
The east-facing wall is in the best condition but the growth needs to be removed above wall level and the fruit trees pruned.
The hedges need to be clipped and the beds weeded. The plants then need to re-organised and new plants added. The soil should also be refreshed with composted manure.
The pond should be completely cleared and the healthy plants saved. Professional advice is required here. The area then needs to be risk-assessed and appropriate measures taken to protect children.
The pond should then be cleaned and refilled. Stones should be placed to allow access for amphibians and the pond suitably replanted.
The area directly in front of the offices will probably benefit from planting low-growing shrubs such as Rosa rugosa.
The areas outside the wall should also form part of the project, with that alongside the offices and between the west wall and the carpark requiring weeding and cutting back.
The area outside the east wall is completely overgrown and an eyesore. I believe it would make a very good ‘wild’ garden that would look cared for but be designed to be wildlife friendly. Expert advice would be sought here.
All plantings would be made with insects, and especially bees, in mind.
The area to the north of the proposed ‘wild’ garden is particularly badly overgrown. I would suggest that this be made into a parking area for one car that is used for bringing tools, food, drink and first-aid. Adjacent to the parking area would be a space for delivery of items for the garden and for rubbish to be collected.
The area at the north-east tip of the site is guarded by double doors and is currently a ‘tip’. This would be required for composting.
There are also store sheds alongside the ‘tip’ which I assume house equipment. If there is room we would like part of this space to house tools.
Bourne Action: New Business Plan
Once we started work in 2016 we soon realised that the garden's design was flawed in that the ground had not been thoroughly prepared and there was a lot of over-planting to give an initial effect but which would cause long-term problems.
The most popular feature of the new design (with the community) was the row of silver birch trees. However, according to the County Arboriculturist, they are too close together and one day will have to be thinned out. The most hated feature of the design was the over reliance on ivy.