Thursday, 28 February 2013

Hoe Fen snowdrops are looking good for next year

Winter bit back last week as two groups from Granta School continued with path repair in Hoe Fen, and planted snowdrops. 

There are plenty of snowdrops already in the Hoe Fen Discovery Area, but some of them were coming up in the paths and were likely to get trodden on, so needed moving.

Hats, scarves and gloves were essential items for everyone as we carefully separated congested clumps of snowdrops into small bunches for replanting. Janet showed us how to use trowels to dig planting holes for bunches of 3 or 4 snowdrops, plant them at the right depth and back fill in the holes properly.



By the end of the session, despite freezing fingers and toes, the team had planted nearly 100 new clumps of snowdrops under the trees by one of the Hoe Fen paths. Some of the visitors walking through the area mentioned how great it was looking. 


By next February the clumps will have bulked up and the whole area will be a real sight. We'll try to remember to photograph exactly the same spot to see the difference the students have made.

Kate Boursnell
Community Reporter

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