Tony Butler and Joe O’Dowd, part of Stroud Town Council’s Greenspaces Team, have designed and created the new areas.
“The fern garden took around two months to create,” explained Tony. “People who walk through both gardens have been loving the new planting. We’ve had lots of positive comments.”
More than 50 different plants can now be seen in the fern garden including 12 different ferns and under-planting with bulbs. They sit amid large sections of oak taken from a tree which blew down in Park Gardens during the winter storms as well as elm stumps recycled from the town’s cemetery.
Both areas also provide important new habitats for bees as part of Stroud’s groundbreaking attempt to become a Bee Guardian Town.
Tony and Joe are currently planting a new border area at St Ismier Corner at the bottom of Cornhill. It will have a suitably French theme this year and will be unveiled in time for the visit of the Britain in Bloom judges to Stroud on July 12th.
In the coming year the Town Council also plans to create a new woodland border on the edge of Bank Gardens nearest to the rear of the library, as well as creating plans for a new paved area at the Lansdown entrance.
Work has also begun on the first part of a repair scheme for the big dry stone wall between Slad Road and Park Gardens which was damaged during the summer floods in 2007.
Article added online: 30 June 2010
Photos by Andy Read
Pictured below (right): Tony Butler and Joe O’Dowd (right) amid the new fern garden in Bank Gardens and (left) the pair pictured in front of the new flower border in Park Gardens.