OHSCA Green Team
The Green Team is a hands-on group who would rather do than talk. We look after the beds at St George’s (by the cinema), the Fire Station, St Augustine’s Road, the four beds in Milton Road, off South Canterbury Road, and the new planter in Albert Road, as well as keeping the big shrubbery in the New Dover Road stocked.
We also felt that it would be good to play our part in Canterbury’s entry for Britain in Bloom, so in 2016 we entered St Georges, the Fire Station and Milton Road as three separate entries for Its Your Neighbourhood, which is sponsored by the RHS. All three gardens were adjudged “thriving” - can we do better? We have entered these again in 2017.
We also did two bulb plants, one in Stanmore Court in 2015 and one in St Lawrence Forstal by the hospital entrance in 2016 – thank you to all who came and helped or gave bulbs.
Litterpicking is a part of our effort– any bed off the street collects quite its fair share of rubbish, so weeding, watering and delittering go hand-in-hand.
In the autumn of 2016 a massive effort was made to raise money for trees in Ersham Road and we are deeply grateful to the residents of Ersham Road, yet again, and to Cllr Michael Northey who supported this effort. As a result two trees were planted there and we also raised a considerable sum towards a new tree on the Old Dover Road at the junction with Cowdrey Place, again with help from neighbouring residents, a Tobinia pseudoacacia was planted in February 2017.
We want to give some attention soon to the big shrub bed between Lichfield Avenue and the New Dover Road as there are spaces to fill.
We are a smallish group and welcome helpers. This is hands-on stuff, so please contact me if you would like to get involved.