Inspired by the Cedarmount Gardeners and their great work on ‘Café Divino’ green at Trees Road Upper, Mount Merrion Residents Association approached the Council for permission to replenish the four large wooden planters at Sycamore Road/Trees Road Lower. They recommended we use peat-free compost and pollinator-friendly perennials.
Frank got things started with a fresh coat of paint for the planters and bollards. Over two short weeks, residents and children from Sycamore Road and Trees Road Lower worked together to carefully remove the existing plants, leaving lots of roots so they can be replanted. These plants, minded over many years by Barbara, Mary, Hilda, Henry and others, will be rehomed to communal green spaces in Mount Merrion.
Once the plants were safely removed, the next job was to dig out all the old soil. No easy task! Patrick did trojan work emptying out the first planter, and everyone pitched in to dig, shovel, wheelbarrow, sweep and brush over the next few days. To help with sustainability, residents were invited to take away a load of old soil.
Each planter was then replenished with a mix of manure, peat-free compost and original top soil, and a deep hole dug for the new tree.
We chose 2 Maples (in honour of ‘Sycamore’) and 2 weeping Birch trees, with underplanting of bee-friendly perennials per the requirements of the council.
The Weeping Birch and Maple trees have been staked to help keep them secure as they settle.
Resident volunteers have set up a watering rota to give each planter at least a bucket of water every second day to help them get settled and thrive. Grey water, previously used for washing can be used.
The planters and tree stakes were given another coat of paint by Frank and they look great!
Thanks to Henry for his great work reinforcing the tree stakes. We look forward to watching the beautiful new trees, shrubs and flowers grow in the years to come. Enjoy!
Meanwhile, MMRA Community Gardeners have already re-homed some plants. You might spot some familiar flowers in the 3-tiered planter at the Deerpark Road entrance to the Church carpark, planted by Clare and Jean last week. More to follow!
MMRA Environment & Community Gardening Volunteer Initiatives
- MMRA Seed & Plant Swap Group
- Cedarmount Gardeners
- 3-Tier Planters on The Rise
- East Avenue New Beech Trees Watering
- Communal Green Space Clean-up 2021
- Grass Verge Tidy Up
If you would like to get involved please email us at email@example.com
Thanks to the creative chalk artists who transformed the walkway at the Sycamore Road/Trees Road Planters on a sunny June afternoon with ‘chalk’ flowers, summer greetings and a game of ‘Hopscotch’ for all to enjoy. Well done Kate Kirwan, Julia Widger and Lucy Davy!