Cullerne Garden is moving ahead with two projects, thanks to donations from the Woodland Trust and the Hygeia Foundation.
The Woodland Trust’s contribution has helped the garden team plant hedges of native trees between its cultivated fields. The trees will protect crops from the winds off the bay and provide shelter to the numerous birds and insects that make their home in the garden, improving the local environment. The Woodland Trust provided a variety of trees native to the local ecosystem, including field maple, elder, crab apple and dog rose.
The hedge planting is the latest in a series of major changes that the garden team is undertaking under focaliser Martin Barker’s stewardship. In the last year, the team drastically trimmed back the hedge bordering the road, which had become leggy and unhealthy and cleared Kipling’s field of old stumps and set up a camp kitchen, compost toilet and portable shower unit for camping to support their work-exchange guests. They are looking next at trimming the herb garden’s massive hedge at the same time as volunteers are tending to the herbs.
Hygeia’s donation coupled with the gardeners’ own successful fundraising during its harvest festival and other times allowed the Cullerne team to allocate resources to its other development project as well, constructing a workshop space. After stripping out woodworm-infested support beams and installing new ones, volunteers have put in new windows, installed a wood stove, painted the room and covered most of the floor with carpet. The gardeners expect to have it ready soon to host workshops and group meetings.