The George Harrison and Prabhupada Gardens needs care all year round, but specifically in the summer we keep them watered and weeded. We are constantly busy keeping the grounds clear of litter, especially after large numbers of visitors on Sundays or after festivals.
When autumn and winter come we start driveway maintenance – removing fallen leaves from the edges of the drive to prevent cars slipping, keeping the drains on the driveway clear of leaves and mud to prevent flooding. Many of you will have also seen us cutting the hedges along the driveway, this hedge maintenance is important to improve the health of hedge, as it is home to many animals and birds in spring and summer months. We dig up and store the dahlias for the following year and plant hyacinth bulbs. We also prune any trees in the orchard that need it, and safely remove any dangerous or fallen trees around the property.
Last year many volunteers came to help: Raking leaves around the lake and orchard, clearing weeds from paths, planting 1000’s of daffodils bulbs around the car park, spreading wood chips around the plant beds, cleaning coconuts from the lake and children from the Manor School came and planted oak trees in the wooded area which will grow to replace some of the older dead or dangerous trees that are now removed.
“We are currently working on the Bhagavad Gita walk which leads around the lake. We are putting down approx 20 ton of new stones along the path and spreading wood-chips in the wooded area. That will make it look much nicer but will also make it easier to take the walk once the muddy parts are covered over.