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Front Garden improvement

With the Gardening Club's Front Garden Awards coming up shortly, many MapRA members took advantage of the free and cut-price plants being offered on the Gardening Club's stand. Convenor Margaret Mann brought along 30 trays of annuals and perennials. By the end of the evening, almost all had gone, and £78 had been raised for local charities.  Mapesbury front gardens should be blooming this summer.  

Members got together on Mothering Sunday with some practical encouragement for garden owners. They’d spent the past few weeks carefully nurturing cuttings, seedlings and self-sown plants, and held a front gardens workshop in St Gabriels Rd, next to the church. Plants, advice, pots and even compost were given freely to a steady stream of visitors.  Some were already keen gardeners, but others were novices, delighted to get help in beautifying what in some cases was a bare patch of concrete.


And a reminder: if you’re looking to replenish your garden in the next few weeks, don’t forget Margaret Mann has many bargain plants for sale outside 109 Chatsworth Rd.


The Front Gardens competition is an attempt to improve the look of the area. However, there may be more that can be done to encourage and help people improve their frontage. One idea is to use some of the proceeds from the Open Gardens day as a fund to help people who wish to improve their front garden. This might be in association with the Council and local gardeners. Another may be to have a task force of volunteers to help clear and improve members front (or indeed back gardens) - a clearance work group perhaps rewarded by tea/coffee and cakes!)


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