With Alison Greenhalgh of Groundwork South
T’S been an exciting week at Iver with the BBC coming along with garden designer Joe Swift to film the new bog garden being planted up.
have to confess bog plants are a bit of a mystery to me. I remember my mum creating a bog garden which was beautiful – full of iris sibirica, hostas and various unusual primulas with a stream running through the middle; (the engineering challenge excited my dad just as much!)
The Iver bog garden, though, is a different concept. It’s been planted up with native species which are intended to provide habitat for our amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates.
In particular, it is of importance to our great crested newts who will use the bog for egg-laying, wrapping their eggs inside a rolled leaf. The bog also has an important function assisting in the filtration of excess nutrients from the pond creating a nutrient rich bog in which invertebrates can breed providing a food source for many other species.
It’s all very new and the plants are tiny but it will be great to see it establish over time.
The bog and many other projects at Iver would not have been possible without our volunteers, be they corporate groups or individuals who offer their time and expertise to make things happen.
My lovely volunteer who does know a lot about bog plants took me shopping to select the correct plants. I myself began life at Groundwork as a volunteer as did many of my colleagues. It’s a great way to both use and expand your knowledge and experience if you have any time to spare.
It doesn’t have to be an onerous commitment. At the moment we are looking for conservation volunteers to work at three different sites which is just one day a month.
At Iver, we always welcome volunteers with horticultural, landscaping, education and environmental skills but there are also opportunities out in the community where we improve green spaces and community facilities. Some times it’s simply labour and there’s no previous experience needed!
If volunteering appeals to you, then please do get in touch.
You never know, we may have you in wellies down by the bog...