Monthly Archives: April 2014

1st May 2014

Tomorrow evening the Friends of Chadkrik meet in the Chapel at 7.30.
In addition to the normal business, a representative of Stockport MBC will be present. The first item on the agenda will be a run through of arrangements for the festival in July. Friends – old and new – are welcome to come along listen in, share ideas and get involved.

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A seat with a view

During the winter and early spring, there have been small yet significant changes at Chadkirk. Regular visitors will have noticed that some of the paths have been upgraded. If you use the path that leads through the lower slopes of Kirk Wood, you might notice too that the area behind the Walled Garden has been cleared. The scramble of brambles in front of the east wall has been cleared by the Friends of Chadkirk team of volunteer gardeners. For those lucky enough to have some time to sit and stare, there’s a chance to see over the garden wall.

The Walled Garden from the east. Photo: Artemisia

The Walled Garden from the east.
Photo: Artemisia

As welcome as the flowers in spring…

Early April...as welcome as the flowers in spring Photo: Artemisia

Early April…as welcome as the flowers in spring
Photo: Artemisia

If spring flowers are something you welcome, then now is your time and Chadkirk is a place to enjoy them.

Celandines and wood anemones light up the slopes. As April moves along they are giving way to the next wave of woodland flowers.

In early April, the odd bluebell in flower, then a brushstroke of blue under the trees of Little Wood, followed by a scattering on the higher slopes of Kirk Wood. Now is their time and the bluebells give the woodland floor that special zing. Azure blue and the freshest of greens delight the eye. Today, the scent spreading through the woodland as the sunlight warmed the slopes. Sweetness of bluebells with the suggestion of something more a tangy as the wild garlic leaves hint at the flowers to come. Today, a sign of spring’s vibrant response to the warm weather, as an early wild garlic flower raises it’s head, perhaps a month ahead of last year’s flowering cycle.

As the wild flowers move through their succession of colours and forms, there’s also much to enjoy in the flowers of the Walled Garden and the area around the Chapel. The gardening team have cultivated a variety of plants which offer visitors a rich and interesting mix to be savoured.

Photo: Artemisia

Photo: Artemisia

If your own garden cannot accommodate a magnolia or a fruit tree you can revel in their blossom during this time at Chadkirk.

The view from the new footpath Photo: Artemisia

The view from the new footpath
Photo: Artemisia

This weekend …

Spring has sprung and the Friends have been at work in the Walled Garden. Come rain or shine there’s work to be done. Although this afternoon there were grey skies and some occasional drizzle, a small group of gardeners cleared weeds, lifted plants and prepared flower beds for the spring and summer of growth ahead.

With a spring in their step,  Friends of Chadkirk tidy up the garden and prepare the Walled Garden for future growth.

With a spring in their step, Friends of Chadkirk tidy up the garden and prepare the Walled Garden for future growth.

Volunteer weeding one of the beds in the Walled Garden.

Volunteer weeding one of the beds in the Walled Garden.

This bed has been cleared and dug over. Poppy seeds will be planted to flower during the summer.

This bed has been cleared and dug over. Poppy seeds will be planted to flower during the summer.

The Chapel was open for visitors to enjoy refreshments.
And Mary was offering chicks for sale to raise money.
Funds raised support this delightful local space.

Chicks in the Chapel (knitted ones - for sale)

Chicks in the Chapel
(knitted ones – for sale)

Sorry! I think my snapping nearly put this visitor to Chadkirk Chapel off his flapjack!

Sorry! I think my snapping nearly put this visitor to Chadkirk Chapel off his flapjack!