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(Continued from page 35) Then, of course, we had the job of cutting it all up to put into big builder’s bags ready to take to the tip. Shirley and I have taken our turn in taking a few trips to the tip, but Chris Addison has made many journeys in the past to remove our green rubbish. The good news is that Gill is now paying for two green bins, one of which we can use for a lot of the regular clippings and weeds, and the leftover greenery from the flower arranger’s creations. Thanks Gill!!

We also needed to clear all along that fence between the south lawn and our neighbour’s driveway. The original shrubs had become overgrown with a mixture of brambles and other opportunist tree saplings, and brambles were constantly growing through the fence all along. Removing all the growth above ground was the easy bit. But we wanted to get the roots of the big shrub out, so we could level the ground and sew grass seed. We really struggled to dig out the largest roots and were delighted when Pete Broomfield saw what we were doing, and came over. With a few powerful kicks, he broke the last few roots and the stump was out! It now remains for us to remove the remaining shallow roots to allow the ground to be levelled completely so it can be mown. Paddy has continued with his faithful regular mowing of all the lawns. He had to use a strimmer to cut the area behind Gill Howgego’s bench. Hazel’s plans for this area will be carried out as and when time and man/woman power allow!

section, with Chris clearing the clippings. Brambles are doing so well along much of the hedge that there is a good crop of blackberries for passers-by or church members to enjoy. Delicious with a few windfall apples in a crumble! Recently, our aim has been to make the grounds safe for the Backpackers Holiday Club children to run around, so we have been cutting back any brambles as they grow out of the hedge. Chris has done a lot of clearing weeds from around the kerbs and generally making everything look tidy and well cared for. Not really a gardening job, but he also cemented in some loose stones on the steps down from the fire exit door from the Sanctuary. Shirley has worked hard removing weeds from many different areas, keeping everywhere looking as good as possible. The long bed under the window along the side of the church hall was in serious need of attention and Shirley has already made a start on this. Paddy, Chris and Shirley all took part in clearing and repairing the bank at the base of the fence at the back of the preschool outside play area. They planted some new grass seed on the bare patches. As always, we would very much welcome any kind of help, as well as any words of advice or guidance you may have for us. We are at work on most Saturday mornings somewhere in the grounds! Do please contact Jo Day 942 1481 or Chris Addison 07966 105056. We’d be delighted to hear from you.

Paddy has also been using his cutter to start trimming the hedges section by

Jo Day

“Gardening is the purest of human pleasures.” Francis Bacon

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The Parish Magazine of Tilehurst St. Catherine and Calcot St. Birinus

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The Parish Magazine of Tilehurst St. Catherine and Calcot St. Birinus

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