Please help us spread woodchip at Mycenae Gardens this Sat (2 March) 2-4pm

Help needed urgently to spread (and save) the woodchip – emergency session Saturday 2 March 2-4pm

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After a long wait (since October 2017!) the council has finally delivered a substantial quantity of woodchip to Mycenae Gardens.

The woodchip is currently in piles, which is already heating up and deteriorating, and will be useless unless it is soon spread.

WE NEED YOUR HELP to spread it!

Please come on Saturday afternoon. Bring rakes, spades and a wheelbarrow if you can.

(If you can spread even a little woodchip sooner than Saturday, please do so: it all helps).

Mark Barnes
For the Friends of Mycenae Gardens

Next “planting day” at Mycenae Gardens: Sat 26 Jan 2019, from 2-4pm

Come and see our lovely gardens and meet some of the volunteers. It’s not a planting day as such but more of a ‘fixing the fixtures’ afternoon. [Weather permitting]

We have a range of activities suitable for all energy levels including a bit of heavy lifting (moving our rather migratory tables to a dedicated spot and securing them) and some much lighter lifting (bringing of tea, taking of photographs), with some middle of the range energy levels needed for fence-mending. Or you can just come and chat (and please bring any spare secateurs and mallets).


Pic credit: Broken fence / Picnic table

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We shall not actually be doing any planting on this planting day (Saturday 26 January 2019  2-4pm), but there is serious work to be done, some of which needs some serious muscle: 

  • Moving the tables further up the gardens and securing them in place to deter vandalism.  The tables tend to migrate towards the lower end of the garden, where they are out of sight and where they and the surrounding trees, walls etc are often vandalised.  We need several strong helpers to bring each of them back into the light and to anchor them securely
  • Building temporary willow barriers to protect the bulbs that we planted last time.  Last year’s barriers were too flimsy.  We have a new design to try out, but it will take some patience and dexterity.

In addition, there are the perennial tasks:

  • Restoring the rope and post barriers around the shrub beds, and
  • Trimming and ‘weaving’ the beech hedge.  The hedge needs a regular haircut to stop it getting too tall, and the sideways growing branches need to be bent back into the main hedge and secured by ‘weaving’ them together with other branches.  This thickens the hedge and makes it less affected by the loss of individual plants.

Please come to help, or just to support.

Bring scissors and secateurs (for the willow barriers), secateurs or a longer trimmer (for the beech hedge), and/or a mallet (to reposition the posts of the rope and post barriers), biscuits and muffins (for support).

Mark Barnes
for the Friends

Next planting day at Mycenae Gardens: Sat 6 Oct 2018, from 2pm

If you’d like to see the gardens ‘in action’ come along on the afternoon of Sat 6th October from 2pm where there will be some Friends of Mycenae Gardens working in the gardens to keep them tidy. You can still join in if you don’t feel energetic – Mark’s listed a few options below but I’d also add ‘bringing the workers some tea’. All abilities welcome 🙂


Pic credit: Digging / Watering can



To all Friends …
The next ‘planting day’ is Saturday 6 October. It does not last all day – just a couple of hours from 2pm.

The plan is to repair some ‘post and rope’ fences, replace some plants that expired in the recent heat, spread fertiliser on what is left of the lawn, plant hundreds of bulbs in hope for the spring and to carry out some weeding of the shrub beds. We also need to clear some ivy from the Dell.

This is quite a list. We may not get through all of it, but to have a chance we need your help. Please come along. Bring gloves, trowels and secateurs if you can. If you are not keen on any of these jobs, just come along to chat, and perhaps take the odd picture for the website or newsletter.

Incidentally, the committee has for some time been short of gardening expertise. We are putting out a call for knowledgeable gardeners to help identify work that needs doing as and when the need arises (i.e. not just in the planting days), and to help us describe the work on the website or social media along with any instructions that might be needed, so as to allow members of the Friends group to carry out such work in whatever time they can spare, at a time of their choosing. If you think you could be that knowledgeable gardener, please get in touch. We shall plant a bulb in your honour.

Mark Barnes
for the Friends of Mycenae Gardens