Halesworth & Southwold Community News November 2019 19

November in your garden From Signature Landscaping

WELCOME to the start of the colder months, November can herald the start of winter, following a wet October our gardens may have been too wet to get out into as much as planned. So, some jobs may have been pushed back, planting spring bulbs can still be done in November, there should be no delay in the flowering come spring, but try to get them in before the frosts. The age old problem of

weeds has probably been heightened by a wet October and they will need removing prior to mulching the beds. If you have a compost bin use any of the well rotted to spread over the weeded beds. If you have roses make sure you cut out any dead branches - (Pruning of most roses can wait until later in the year) before spreading a good layer of mulch around the base. This will feed the rose through the winter and encourage good new growth in the spring. Don’t become complacent,

it only takes one night of frost to damage or even kill off some of our delicate garden plants. Move them into a sheltered, insulated place such as a green house or conservatory to make sure they survive this winter. If you

don’t have room to keep your plants indoors make sure you cover anything vulnerable to the weather with plastic sheeting or garden fleece. If you’re keen to keep wildlife in your garden this winter, there are plenty of things you can do to encourage insects, birds and other creatures to roam around.

Leaves are a commodity

in any garden, perfect for adding to both mulch and compost once your leaf pile has transformed into mould. Firstly, separate your leaves and keep them in a garden container, bag or create a heap in a quiet corner of your garden. The bacteria that breaks the leaves down to mould needs oxygen to work, so make sure you puncture any bags you collect your leaves in.

Raise any patio containers

by adding bricks or feet underneath, this will protect your plants and soil from becoming waterlogged during winter showers. If you are expecting an especially harsh winter, it’s best to insulate any outside plant containers with bubble wrap to protect them from frost. November is the perfect time to make bonfires, where allowed. Burn any garden waste that

can’t be added to compost, check around your garden for any sign of plant disease. If you are going to have a fire in the garden PLEASE be very careful and NEVER use petrol or other fuels. It maybe easier and safer to take a trip to the council recycling centre to let them deal with the non compostable garden rubbish. As you tidy your garden, you’ll find that you uncover many pests hiding beneath plants. Encouraging hungry birds into your garden can ensure slugs and snails are a thing of the past. Not all wildlife should be encouraged into your garden; unfortunately little garden pests are hardier than they may look. Keep an eye out for pests like spider mites and scale, and take care of them before they become a problem. Signature Landscaping are happy to help in anyway possible in your garden, call or text to arrange an appointment. Enjoy your garden this

month and every month but if you want any help or advice please give me a ring.

Richard Bareham

Signature Landscaping 07939855932

A Neighbourhood Plan for Halesworth

A GROUP of dedicated volunteers have been working with the support of Halesworth Town Council to create the first Neighbourhood Plan for Halesworth. A Neighbourhood Plan gives more local control over planning decisions. It carries statutory weight and, in the case of Halesworth, would be in force until 2035. A Neighbourhood Plan

must be based on the views of, and agreed by, the local community. Its function is to ensure that Halesworth gets the right types of development

in the right

places, and what we love about Halesworth is protected for future generations. Our Neighbourhood Plan cannot challenge


to people about Halesworth and its future development. With your help and listening to your views, we have begun to pull together the key themes for our Neighbourhood Plan. We will be launching a major consultation about them in early January 2020, but here is a flavour of some of the issues that are important to you.

Appropriate housing for all generations and incomes. People have said that they want a mix of housing with an emphasis on affordable housing, with smaller 2 and 3 bed units, not just 4 or 5 bedroom properties.

The Natural Environment. detailed

planning decisions that have already been agreed, or are referenced in the Waveney District Plan.


could influence developments that have been granted outline planning permission by the District Council. It will also have a significant impact on any new development proposals in the future Progress on our Neighbourhood Plan. We have been meeting

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for over 18 months; holding consultation events, producing our first questionnaire, talking to local groups and engaging with young people. Over 500 people have completed our questionnaire and nearly 200 people have attended events, meetings and focus groups. Highlights include a public meeting with over 70 people in attendance and a rumbustious workshop at Edgar Sewter School with a very lively and passionate group of children from Years 5 and 6. The purpose of all these activities has been to understand what matters most

Young people have talked about making Halesworth a ‘Green’ town, but all groups say that we should be doing more to make the best of our parks and enhancing and protecting our river. Flooding remains a major concern, with fears that new building will increase flood risk. Transport, movement and connecting people. How can we improve walkways and cycle paths and make getting around the town safe for pedestrians, cyclists and car drivers too? Can we make it easier for people to walk from one side of the town to another, making use of our parks and pathways? Environmental Design. How do we maintain our lovely heritage buildings and conservation areas? Can we ensure that new buildings comply with our green agenda while being aesthetically pleasing and built to the best possible standards? Funding Success for

the Neighbourhood Plan Group. The Group has been successful in getting three major central government grants to support the development of our Plan. The first meets the costs

of consultation and helps us write and prepare our Neighbourhood Plan. We have engaged a consultant to support us because it is important to meet government requirements and get our Plan absolutely right. It will be scrutinised by East Suffolk Council, central government and must also be agreed by you through a local referendum. The

second grant has

allowed us to undertake a ‘Housing Needs Assessment’ for Halesworth. This will help us understand what sort of housing we have in Halesworth and what we will need in the future. The third grant is funding

work on design and 'design codes’. This will be a wide- ranging assessment of significant buildings and views, how the town looks overall, and the design standards that should be applied to buildings, both existing and new. Next Steps. We will be completing our work on creating a town vision for our Neighbourhood Plan and developing our key themes. We will start a consultation with you about these in January/ February 2020. If you would like to learn more about Halesworth’s Neighbourhood Plan, you can visit the Town Council Website

https://www. uk/neighbourhood-plan- steering-group/ or contact us through the Clerk at Halesworth Town Council.

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WHATEVER the size of your garden creating a wildlife friendly habitat is simple to do and can attract a host of garden visitors. A soggy shady area can be turned into a bog garden or a single buddleia tree will attract butterflies and other pollinators. Small creature friendly features that will attract and sustain wildlife can be incorporated into any outside space – and are relatively easy to maintain and, if you build your wildlife areas, the wildlife will come. Plant a wildlife friendly hedgerow - natural hedgerows are long lasting, wildlife friendly and sustainable alternatives to garden fencing. In addition to providing cover and food for nesting birds, hedges left to flower and fruit will also provide a valuable source of food and shelter for other wildlife. Traditional hedgerows contain


different plant varieties like hawthorn, hornbeam and dog rose.

Create a wildlife pond - if

you have the space, or even if you don’t, a pond or container pond is one of the most wildlife friendly things you can do in your garden. Frogs, toads and newts can be beneficial garden creatures eating a wide range of garden pests and can also be encouraged by providing log piles and other damp habitats.

Walk on the Wild Side Put up bird nesting boxes


- most nest boxes are simply boxes with a hole in the front. The size of the hole will depend on the type of bird you're trying to attract.


boxes are best put up during the autumn when many birds are looking for a suitable place to roost or feed. They often use the same boxes for nesting the following spring. Make sure that birds have

a clear flight path to the nest without any clutter directly in front of the entrance and tilt the box forward slightly so that rain can run off. Build a rockery - even a

small pile of stones will attract insects and in turn the wildlife that feed on them. A rockery made from garden stones and old house bricks will make a great shelter for insects and beetles that add to the biodiversity of your wildlife garden. Make a woodpile - it will

attract and provide shelter for insects and they in turn will attract insect eating wildlife into your garden. To make a woodpile select a moist shady area under large shrubs or trees, pile logs and dead branches on top of each other and let the wood rot naturally. The wood pile is best left undisturbed because stag beetle larvae that make their home in the wood can take several years to reach maturity.

though it’s winter

and there are leaves and plant debris in the garden resist the temptation to tidy up too much – wildlife likes a bit of mess! As the first frosts arrive, there are still a few jobs to be done before bedding the garden down for winter. Winter is on its way. Leaves

are falling rapidly, and wind and rain are on the increase. Tender plants will need protecting from frost, gales and freezing rains. Move plants into the greenhouse, or into a sheltered spot, but if you can't, it is worth wrapping plants or pots in situ with gardening fleece. Remember winter can be a tough time for birds in terms of water and food, so keep supplies well topped up. RHS

Now is the time to move any tender plants into the greenhouse, conservatory or porch to shelter them as frosts can cause serious damage to plants. You should also protect any delicate or exotic plants from winter weather with straw and hessian on the crown and around the trunk. David Domoney, TV gardener


presenter. Plant tulip bulbs in pots and borders and cover them with at least twice their depth of soil or compost. You can continue to mow the lawn in mild spells if the grass is still growing, but raise the height of the blades. Don’t forget to check bonfires carefully before lighting to make sure no hedgehogs or other wildlife are sheltering inside. Gardeners’ World.

Christmas Lights Switch On in Aid of Air Ambulance

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VALERIE, Ray and their son Tony will be displaying their garden lights again at 20 Orchard Valley, Holton. The money raised will be going to the Air Ambulance and the switch on is Sunday 1st December.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

AT the Blyth Valley and Southwold group of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s October meeting, the entomologist Dr Ian Bedford gave a fascinating talk on the many ways that insects use in order to navigate and survive in the world. Dr Bedford explored the

effects that banned pesticides, climate change and global trading have on insect life. The role that entomologists have in understanding the biology and survival mechanisms of insects is vital if scientists are to find alternative ways to control pests, perhaps through targeting specific genes, manipulating

the strategies

of insects in order to alter behaviour. The complexity of the insect

world is extraordinary, and we learnt how signals of many types, for example, chemical, visual,

and through sound,

allow insects to interact with each other, or avoid predators. Plants too can react chemically to invasion, and have their own survival techniques. Global warming has meant that there are winners and losers, with some insect species decreasing to the point of no return, while others from warmer climates establish themselves


sometimes bringing new problems, such as the Spanish slug, but also some new delights, among them several dragonflies. It was an informative and thought-provoking evening. Our next meeting is on Thursday 14th November, at 7.30pm, in Southwold Arts Centre, Cumberland Road. The talk is from “Seasearch East”, and is about recording wildlife under water, with speaker Rob Spray. Admission is £3, to include refreshments, under 16 are free, and all are welcome.

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