We were awarded OUSTANDING again this year in the It's Your Neighbourhodd awards.
We have installed a new Armillary Sphere on the plinth in the paved area.
On Sunday 5th August we opened the garden under the National Garden Scheme to raise funds for their charities.
Our new raised beds for edibles are producing bumper crops!
Despite the very hot and dry conditions, our new wildflower meadow sown in March, has produced a good display.
The start of the gardening season and the spring bulbs are looking magnificent.
In FREEZING conditions, construction starts on our new raised beds for edibles.
At the 'It's Your Neighbourhood' awards on 31st October the garden was again awarded OUTSTANDING.
We welcomed a group of visitors from a local Garden Club.
New metal archways installed. Thanks again to Liam at at McCallion Welding.
During the month we had visits from four groups of children from Ash Field Academy, a school for children with special needs, along with their teachers and carers. They enjoyed discovering plants for scent, sound and touch.
Our first project of the year completed. The willow seating arbor has been re-
Spring has arrived and the garden is looking wonderful with bulbs in full bloom and blossom on the cherry and camellias.
At the 'It's Your Neighbourhood' awards on 27th October we were again awarded OUTSTANDING and one of our members, Mollie, received the City Parks Volunteer of the Year award.
Congratulations to her and thanks for all her hard work.
We have held three openings for the National Gardens Scheme this month. On 4th August members of the Burton Overy Flower & Garden Group visited. On Sunday 7th August we opened the garden for general visitors. On 24th August members of the St. Catherine's Environment Group, Burbage visited. We raised a total of £380.00 for NGS and local charites.
On Sunday 17th July BBC Radio Leicester's Down To Earth gardening programme was broadcast from the garden, featuring gardening experts Derek Cox, Ady Daman and Parks Dept head gardener Mick Eaton. Some of our members were interviewed on their involvement with the sensory garden by the programme's presenter, Bridget Blair.
On 27/5/16 a group of children from Ash Field Academy, a school for children with special needs, visited the garden along with their teachers and carers. They enjoyed discovering plants for scent, sound and touch and planted sunflower seeds in pots to take back to the school.
A new gardening year and the garden is looking wonderful this spring.
At the 'It's Your Neighbourhood' award ceremony on 21/9/15 we received not one but two awards.
OUTSTANDING for the garden and Volunteer Project of the Year award from Leicester City Council Parks & Open Spaces Department.
Visitors to the garden on Knighton Park Fun Day, Sunday 6th September.
We raised and amazing £348 from the sales of refreshments and plants, all of which will be used to enhance the garden further.
On 17th August we held the third Knighton Park Gardening Club Annual Show with six classes.
Well done to the winners!
On Sunday 2nd August we opened the garden for the National Garden Scheme for the first time welcoming 127 visitors and raising a fantastic £500 for NGS and local charities.
Our new sculpture is installed in the garden to replace a dying tree which needed to be removed. Following refurbishment, the circular seat that previously surrounded the tree will be replaced around the sculpure.
Many thanks to Liam at McCallion Welding, Leicester for all his help with the design, manufacture and installation.
An information board has been installed outside the gate to the garden giving information about the garden and incorporating a notice board for displaying event details etc.
The forecourt in front of the green cabin is finally finished with refurbished seating and planters.
The plants have been chosen for scent... lavender, pinks, mint and basil.