Quorn Memorial Garden
Thinking the garden around the War Memorial in the village was dark,
damp and dreary I sent an idea for an improvement to the garden to the
Parish Council. At that time the Borough Council announced a competition
between the villages of the Borough for a plan for an environmental improvement
in their own parishes. The Parish Council decided to enter the Memorial
garden scheme and asked if I would draw up a detailed plan.
was won and this gave funding towards the garden from the Borough Council.
The Parish Council provided further money as there was much to be
done and the Parish still funds the majority of the bulbs and plants
are being added as well as cutting the grass.
The major obstacle in
the way to fulfilling the original idea was getting planning permission
remove two trees, a Holly and a Sycamore. This proved difficult, but
I knew that without this permission the area would be too dark to allow
much to grow. The permission was eventually granted; the trees removed,
the old shrubs and the roots gouged out. It was time to start on the
My son Mark helped me with the heavy digging; the ground had
to be worked over a great deal as in some areas there was a real problem
with Ground Elder. In the long term this was kept at bay by surrounding
the original shrubs with a membrane covered with bark. There has been
flooding and some vandalism but I have enjoyed doing the garden and hope
residents, and visitors to the village, will enjoy sitting in it.
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