Posted: 03/04/2017 at 20:36
Hi MuddleUp, first, many thanks for your interest in our project, and let me apologise for my tardy reply. I've been laid low by a horrible stomach virus and horrendous cough, feel dreadful and have barely looked at my iPad last few days.
Currently the memorial is mostly covered with crazy paving, some of which we've removed round the edges to make wider borders, of which there are only two but quite long. We've been donated some good topsoil, so that should be fine. There is one planter, not very big. We were going to add more planters, but there's a spanner in the works as it turns out the council are going to do a £90K refurb on the memorial in 2018, with the help of lottery funding. Which is great, but they've asked us to scale back our plans till the work is complete, as it would be money wasted. So we're just concentrating on getting it looking good for Malton in Bloom this year, then we'lol think about more permanent planting after 2018.
The overall scheme will be red, with touches of other subtle colours from things like verbena bonariensis, and clipped box shapes to provide the 'bones' of the scheme. Apparently quite a lot of points are gained for being wildlife friendly, so any ideas you might have on that front would be most welcome!
yes there are volunteers, two of us plus the local Cadets have volunteered to do heavy work. Yes it does need to be low maintenance as there's no access to water nearby. And there is a limited budget, though local garden centres etc have been very generous in providing us with plants. Oh, and did I mention there's a socking great tree in the middle of the memorial site? Could give us shade problems in summer. Wish I could send you a photo but I don't have a smart phone and can't get to the site anyway as bed-ridden!