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BLENHEIMS GUIDE FOR FREEHOLD HOUSES ON MANAGED ESTATES

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ESTATE CHARGE DOCUMENT

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work report – 9 SEPTEMBER 2019

This week our new Landscape Officer, Luke Reed, was out on duty with trainees Luke, Dev and James. Luke joins us from the Scarlet and Bedruthan Hotels where he was Senior Gardener. Please stop and say hello if you see him and the team.

This week the team were in Kosti Veur tackling weeds that have flourished following recent rain and continued warm weather.

The team also pruned lavender plants under the apple trees. Pruning lavender at this time of year will ensure strong, healthy, bushy growth next year. If you have lavender in your garden, make sure you cut it back this autumn to stop it becoming leggy and straggly. Be careful not to cut into the woody part of the stems though as it will not grow produce new growth from this area of the stems. Why not keep dried lavender flower heads for their lovely, calming scent?

September is the start of apple season so keep an eye on the espalier apple trees across Nansledan for those that are ready to pick. To check if the apple is ready to pick, hold the apple in the palm of your hand and lift and twist slightly. If it is ripe and ready to eat, the apple stalk will come away from the tree easily. If the stalk bends and does not snap, leave the apple on the tree to ripen further. Some varieties will not be ready until November so there is plenty of time for a tasty treat from the streets.

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work report – 14 AUGUST 2019

This week the Urban Biodiversity team and Trainee’s managed to dodge most of the Cornish mizzle to have a big de-weed around the estate. The espalier and fan trees in the Trewolek area the team had trained a few months back have establishing their shape very successful so this week we removed some of the ties to allow further growth. This prevents the ties from cutting into the branches as they grow whilst encouraging the trees into the beautiful tiered and fan shapes.

If you have trees in your garden, check the ties regularly and loosen them if necessary, to avoid any damage. If you have any climbers like clematis remember to tie in any new growth regularly as they lap up all this rain and sun.

Your trees and their soil are proving to be great habitats for all sorts of mini beasts from caterpillars to earwigs. Trainee Molly had a fright; you may have heard the scream, from a rather large Cardinal spider living in a wall vent. These are all a vital part of the food web in our towns. They will care for the soil helping release nutrients that help our gardens grow as well as providing a source of food for birds and other wild creatures.

Why not head out into your garden this weekend for a mini beast safari to see what you can find?

work report – 7 August 2019

This week Gemma and Trainee Molly were out in the Trewollack areas, tidying up after the down pour of rain and wind we had the day before.

The whole area has been litter picked, swept and weeded, with us removing 2 wheelbarrows of weeds that had sprung up.

A health check of the fruit trees after their feeds a few weeks ago shows most of them have been coming along nicely and bearing some juicy looking fruits.

It was lovely to chat to a few residents this week who stopped to say hello and Molly really enjoyed explaining to a few of them about her traineeship and how it is helping her future career.

Thank you to all those who gave us a smile throughout the day.

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work report – 31 july 2019

This week Gemma and Trainee Molly were out in the Trewollack areas, tidying up after the down pour of rain and wind we had the day before.

The whole area has been litter picked, swept and weeded, with us removing 2 wheelbarrows of weeds that had sprung up.

A health check of the fruit trees after their feeds a few weeks ago shows most of them have been coming along nicely and bearing some juicy looking fruits.

It was lovely to chat to a few residents this week who stopped to say hello and Molly really enjoyed explaining to a few of them about her traineeship and how it is helping her future career.

Thank you to all those who gave us a smile throughout the day.

LANDSCAPING & IMPORTANT TIPS – 3 July 2019

LANDSCAPING UPDATE

The 3rd July was a hot day at Nansledan so a great day for weeding! Our Horticulture Manager, Hetty, led Molly, Luke, James and Dev from the Newquay Orchard Traineeship work experience programme. On a very productive day. The Urban Biodiversity team litter picked, weeded and swept all areas.

For the last hour of the day the team continued with summer fruit tree espalier and fan pruning working on the trees on Stret Lugan, Trewollack. This is a great exercise for our Trainees who are practising their tree identification skills and learning the different management techniques. The team also progressed with tying in and training the branches to support wires to create the attractive and impressive shapes and removed unnecessary tree ties to avoid damage to growing branches.

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TIPS FOR RESIDENTS

We have been adding an organic mulch to tree pits. This helps to improve the soil structure, keep the weeds down and retain moisture. Why not try the same on the plants beds in your garden particularly during this hot weather?

The bees have been busy this spring as many of the fruit trees are laden with growing fruit. These aren’t ready yet but we will keep an eye on them and let you know when they are ready to pick.

In the meantime, why not pick some of the herbs growing in the communal beds and add them to an iced summer drink or your summer salad?

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Landscaping Update – July 10 2019

This week Hetty Ninnis, Horticulture Manager was joined by Molly, James and Dev from the Newquay Community Orchard Traineeship programme. The programme is a 6-month work experience programme for unemployed people between the ages of 19-24 designed to help them gain work skills and improve their employability. At the end of the 6-months they will be supported to move on to further training, an apprenticeship or full employment. Working with Urban Biodiversity at Nansledan provides a safe, supportive and inspiring environment for young people some of whom may have complex backgrounds. Please do stop and say hello to the team when you
see them on a Wednesday.
Another scorcher up at the Nansleden site. Today the team focused on a good weed and tidy up through the whole of Kosti Veur. They weeded and swept cobbles and paths as well as under trees. They also cut and weeded the top of the Cornish hedge and mulched the Rowan trees behind the Seahorse building. The team noted the fantastic planting by residents outside some of the houses that are really looking at their best at the moment. Thanks to the Ladyvale Bakery for providing some much-needed refreshing juices at the end of the day!

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