Kirkstall: Back to the garden in September


By Jim Corah

September heralds the return of pupils to school, adolescents to college, and students to university. Aside from academic pursuits, it also heralds the return of monthly gardening sessions for Kirkstall In Bloom.

After ad hoc sessions throughout July and August, our volunteers will be back on Sunday 29th September 2019 as we gather to prepare our gardens for winter.

Meeting at 10.30am at the Drink and Be Grateful Fountain Garden, volunteers do not need to have gardening experience or bring tools as we will demonstrate what we need to do and provide tools. We will also provide warm drinks and cakes and biscuit. Please come and join us.

Kirkstall in Bloom is a friendly, welcoming volunteering group, we value enthusiasm over experience, and only wish for volunteers to contribute as much time as they can. 

Winter is a wonderful time in the garden. While spring and summer seem dominated by blooms and growth, winter is when foundations are made for the year ahead. We cut back our lavender and remove unwanted summer plants from the gardens. 

In the beds at the Drink and Be Grateful Fountain Garden and Kirkstall’s Cenotaph new plants will be nestled among the established fauna.

The Cenotaph is one of our most significant projects and it comes to the fore in Winter. Working with Leeds City Council (who help keep the bushes trimmed and neat), Kirkstall in Bloom freshen up the planters at the Cenotaph in time for Remembrance Sunday.  

The next few Kirkstall in Bloom sessions are:

  • Sunday 29th September 2019
  • Saturday 26th October 2019
  • Saturday 2nd November 2019
  • Saturday 30th November 2019


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