It's been a long job, but today we finally managed to unveil the bench dedicated to Paula. Amazingly, we had good weather, which was a brilliant bit of luck as the Groundwork Greater Nottingham staff also came out in force to provide a work-team morning for us. We've had a number of groups unable to come because of poor weather, so this 22 strong group made a huge difference in a short time, and our regular volunteers were delighted to have the help.
|Matt weeds the path|
|Paul and Claire get on top of the weeds around the fire pi|
We had jobs for all tastes, so a group weeded the area around the fire pit and mulched it with gravel, another group weeded the high beds, whilst others hoed the pumpkin bed, or de-weeded the path between the fruit cage and the polytunnel. Some intrepid folk braved the fruit cage to remove all the unwanted vegetation, and a last group helped to plant up the area where the bench was to go, following Helen's planting plan for the site.
|Rudy and Geoff take the weeds off the path cracks|
|Tackling the fruit cage|
Meanwhile, the volunteers helped keep things moving, showing folk how to do the work, identifying weeds and providing refreshments, including popcorn, freshly-made on the rocket stove.
|Adele uses a hoe for the first time!|
|Weeding the pumpkin patch|
|The place is a hive of activity|
|Steven tackle the high beds|
|Inaugurating the bench. Jo Bradley says a few words|
Mikayla, Paula's daughter, inaugurated the bench for us, and was delighted. She intends to come back often, and to bring her son to see what we've done to honour his Granny.
|Mikayla tries the bench for the first time|
Thank you to everyone who helped. You've helped us create a special place in memory of a very special person.
|Some of the Windmill volunteers who made it all possible|
(thanks also to Rosy, Chris, Jade, Matt, Merion and the