Halesworth & Southwold Community News September 2019 19

September in your Garden From Signature Landscaping

I HOPE everyone enjoyed August, it

certainly had a

range of weathers. We are told it has been one of the wettest but the bank holiday certainly finished the month with some incredible heat. To combat the heatwave I hope, if the grass was cut you lifted the blades so the moisture can be retained this should stop the grass going brown. There are a few essential jobs for September to ensure the garden is ready for autumn and the cooler days and nights. Essential

checklist for

September - Buy spring bulbs; Plant bulbs for colour at Christmas and Spring; Dead head roses; Harvest sweetcorn and onions; Rake lawn, aerate and apply autumn fertiliser; Sow new lawns; Net ponds before the leaves fall Last

chance to…Take

cuttings / divide up perennials; Start planting out spring bulbs; Extend the colour in your garden by planting out bulbs from mid-September. Try to make September

your clean up month, cold frame and green houses if you have them will benefit from a clean. The pots and hanging baskets can be emptied if the contents are beyond their best, remember to compost as much as possible.


will always look better for weeding and the edge of the lawn trimmed create a clean edge. Leaves will start to fall raking or vacuuming off will keep everything looking great. I have recently have been

looking at some large feature plants for customers as well as at our house. The challenge has been to find plants that create the “WOW” factor. Some, but by all means not all can be a major investment but, if looked after will stay as a focal point in your garden for many years to come. Examples could include an ancient olive tree (very expensive but beautiful) or Fan Palms even bamboo

(very affordable).

What you should be looking for in a large of small garden is something that becomes the

focal point. Simple sometimes can be as impressive, box hedging (Buxus) to create an edge to a path or border or a Japanese Maple (Acer Palmatum) can be grown in a large pot on a patio or dug into a border or even centre of the lawn. There are amazing websites that will guide you on which is best for small or large gardens, but locally take a look at garden centres. We recently bought some great


from Urban Jungle the range is great and they have some fantastic mature plants that will certainly add the feature you are looking for. Enjoy

your garden month and this every month

but if you want any help or advice please give me a ring 07939855932

Next month - cleaning up! Richard Bareham

Signature Landscaping 07939 855932

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Dick’s quiet suburban his life

is shattered when his brother Julian

the States, for “health” reasons, but

returns suddenly from shady

old motorbike

“associates” have unfinished business with him, putting both their health at risk. Their dad’s beloved


sidecar, which Dick has been restoring, might just come in handy as their getaway vehicle! They'll

over East September

SUFFOLK-based Common Ground Theatre Company have for several years been bringing their

Named distinctive

brand of music theatre - with powerful stories, good jokes, strong emotions and just a touch of the surreal, to venues across East Anglia. This autumn they present black comedy, A Sidecar

a Whymark & Julian

Despair! by Pat Harries,

featuring Harries and Dick Mainwaring,

indeed” Times).

play is very funny East Anglian

reprising the

roles they created for Common Ground's 2013 comedy, Stuff In The Attic (“Pat Whymark’s latest

Daily Expect "The Odd Couple" versus the Mob! from 13th to October

26th, including, in the East Suffolk area: Diss Corn Hall (September 20th), The Cut, Halesworth (September 21st), John Peel Centre, Stowmarket (September 25th), John Mills Theatre,

be touring all Anglia


News from Halesworth New Reach

Haymaking on the Green

WE have reluctantly decided that we no longer wish to carry on with efforts to restore the New Reach as an independent voluntary group. Local conditions, including some opposition, have restricted our work so much that any constructive progress

has become virtually impossible. When we set up the New

Reach Working Group a few years ago, funded by a sponsored canoe trip, we hoped that one day the canal could be restored for local amenity use. Since then we have made extensive proposals for how the waterway could be improved, including desilting, raising water levels and providing access for boating. This was done in the spirit of similar efforts made in the 1990s but resistance from wildlife and other bodies has shown that this is not apparently what people want.


recent handing over by the Environment

Agency of

River Blyth conservation to Suffolk Wildlife Trust means that in future boating throughout the Blyth has become even less certain.

This a great pity. In our

view, Halesworth needs more recreational amenities and visitor attractions to ensure its survival as a prosperous market town. The New Reach restored as an amenity waterway would greatly add to the quality of life in Halesworth, especially given the proposed addition of some 600 households. We have agreed to divide the assets of the group, including our work punt and petrol strimmer, between the River Waveney Trust and Halesworth Millennium Green. We think that this best reflects the original aims and objectives of our group. We would like to thank all

our supporters, both financial and otherwise, who over the past few years have made our work possible and given us so much encouragement. We are only sorry that we could not, for the present at least, make the vision of a flourishing New Reach a reality.

THE cows do a wonderful job by grazing Blyth Meadow and Lester’s Piece. They keep the grass short for more fragile wild flowers and for a great wealth of small mammals and spiders, crickets, hover-flies, slow worms, beetles. Then there’s Folly Meadow, which is the Green’s very best flower-rich meadow and isn’t grazed so we have to keep that short by the time-honoured method of cutting and stacking. It’s lovely work in the summer sun and the more of us the easier it is to get the job done. We feel very much in touch with our mediaeval ancestors, raking the hay into piles and forking it up onto the stack. So join the (work) party! Details below. If you missed the Annual Open Event (Sunday 8th September

at the Green

entrance) it’s never too late to let us know your thoughts about the Green and what you’d like to see happening there. Contact details at the end.

There are now huge numbers of people around the town who treasure the Green and know it well, and it’s also a delight when we hear from people who have discovered it newly. We’ve

just had a wonderful flurry of photos from a hover-fly enthusiast who has been delighted to discover the Green, and we’ll be glad to add his photos to our natural history list. Do keep the photos coming in – landscapes, close-ups, animals, plants, people – and you’ll find them appearing on the website and our posters. The big job of the summer is mowing, raking and stacking the hay in Folly Meadow, that’s the meadow over the first bridge from town and up towards the Community Orchard. We’re running special Wednesday morning work parties until the job is done. Meet at the containers (industrial estate) at 9.30am with a drink and a nibble and we’ll supply gloves and tools. We work for approximately two hours with a sociable break in the middle but you can do as little or as much as you like and have time for.

Our website ‘Halesworth Millennium Green’ carries news of past and future events,

photos, wildlife

records, history and geology (or email thegreen@

A well-earned rest – haymakers having a break.

Ipswich (September

26th-28th), Laxfield VH (October 3rd), Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge (October 18th) & Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall (October 24th). For full tour details and booking, call 07807 341364, or visit their website:


IN aid of the Glenis Miller Foundation this


event is now in its 26th year and attracts competitors from near and far.

There will be

a top cash prize of £80 plus the Memorial Cup, with more cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd places. All profit goes to the Foundation which Glenis set up just before she died with the idea of raising enough capital from which the interest could contribute towards both the fabric and other running costs of the church. Unfortunately, with the much

reduced interest rates over past years, the capital amount has reduced somewhat because the Trustees of the Foundation have been conscious of how difficult it is for the church to raise funds so have eaten into the capital slightly to maintain a respectful donation each year. So far they have donated approximately £15,500 to the church.

The majority

of this has been raised from the annual clay shoot which Glenis initiated in 1993 as a fundraising event for the church.

As well as being a

churchwarden she was also a member of the fundraising group and realised how difficult it is to raise enough money annually to maintain and retain such a large and beautiful church especially in a small rural village.

So, whether you are a clay shooter or not, why not come along to either take part or just enjoy the fun of this friendly yet very competitive event. There will be hot and cold refreshments available all day including a barbecue.

It all takes place at Brick Kiln Farm, Westhall (IP19 8QY) on Sunday 29th September from 11am to 4pm where there is plenty of free parking. If you would like any further information ring 01502 575218 or email liz@

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