Flying Gardeners

The Flying Gardeners and the Whirlowbrook Park Gardeners have sessions which are open to every SU3A member – all you need are suitable footwear and gloves! We meet on the fifth Wednesday (about 4 times a year) from 9.30 to 12 md. We work in different parks that don’t have their own volunteer group, under the supervision of a park ranger.

Gardening at Whirlowbrook Park 2019

Chinese proverb
We are now into our ninth year of creating and maintaining the SU3A Commemorative Garden at Whirlowbrook Park. We are a group of about 20 regulars, and others help when they can. New members are always made very welcome! Come to the park on the second or fourth Tuesday morning and try us out – there is always coffee and biscuits at around 10.30 am!


Why do we do it? Patsy says it is for the satisfaction of working with others on a project that is worthwhile, that gives something back to the community. Besides, the garden is such a lovely place to be!


The garden has different areas – besides the main rhododendron
and azalea beds there are boggy parts, woodland paths, the Japanese rock-garden and the pond margins – something fir everyone! A large piece of stone, kindly donated by Birchover Quarries, now marks the lower entrance, bearing a stainless steel plaque with the SU3A logo. In 2017 a generous donation enabled us to erect a wooden rail alongside the steps up to the pond.
Whirlowbrook Garden

Now that most of the heavy work is over we enjoy maintaining the garden and surrounding areas. We weed, sweep and prune during the summer, then gather leaves, clear the water courses and and generally keep the garden tidy in the winter. Replacement planting and feeding takes place in spring and autumn. By mulching regularly with chipped bark we are controlling the weeds and conserving moisture. Twice a year we clear silt and rubbish from the lily pond – for this we are joined by other SU3A members, the Council’s rangers, volunteers from Abbeydale Rotary, and Saxon Hotels (the tenants of Whirlowbrook Hall). In 2019 the Spring session is on Wednesday 27 March starting at 9.30 and the Autumn session will be on 23 October.


We welcome donations to replace shrubs that do not make it through the winter and to extend the ground cover. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Alison Cowper on 01142 746165, or complete the donation form and send it to her. All donations are recorded in the Book of Remembrance which is on display at the AGM.


Come and get those endorphins buzzing – you won’t regret it!

Shelagh Woolliscroft 0114 255 8948