The Trust is always interested in projects that improve the look of the park and contribute to its upkeep.
The Trust is making a plastic water bottle greenhouse to grow plants to sell in The Shop and at May’s Plant Sale, which will raise money to help look after the Woods. We will use recycled material as much as possible in the construction. For example, Alan Merricks, Park and Golf Course Manager, has given us paving slabs for the base. And, if you look carefully you can see one of the volunteers, John, scouring the skips of Bearwood for building materials.
Many years ago there were greenhouses in Warley Woods, near where the Wilderness now is, growing food and plants for the people who lived in the Abbey and, after World War II, they were used to grow plants for parks throughout Birmingham.
Our greenhouse will not be freestanding like the example below but it will be 8’ x 6’ and lean against a south facing wall so it is in full sun throughout the day. The heat from the wall will also provide warmth in the colder months. For safety reasons we have decided to build it in the compound where the ground staff keep their equipment.
We need clear plastic 2 litre bottles, like the one below. We don’t want green bottles or any other colour. It would really help if you washed them out and removed any labels.
Then drop them into the collecting bin outside The Shop during opening hours. We will be bringing a greenhouse back to Warley Woods and doing something for recycling!
2018 is the 200th anniversary of Humphry Repton’s death. He was a nationally renowned landscape architect who designed Warley Woods and Park in the 1790s for the Galton family.
International Garden Photographer of the Year have teamed up with the National Trust and National Trust at Sheringham Park, to celebrate the work of Humphry Repton, in a new special award.
Repton was seen as the successor to Capability Brown. He was involved in approximately 400 commissions nationwide including at least eight National Trust sites in addition to Sheringham Park including: Antony (Cornwall), Ashridge (Hertfordshire), Attingham (Shropshire), Hatchlands (Surrey), Plas Newydd (Anglesey, Wales), Tatton Park (Cheshire), Uppark (West Sussex) and Wimpole (Cambridgeshire).
He was famous for producing his designs in Moroccan red leather books.
To celebrate the anniversary there is a national photographic competition which is looking for photos of Repton landscapes in the present day. See this link for details https://igpoty.com/competitions/humphry-repton-2017/
We know lots of visitors to the woods take photos so here is your chance to reach a wider audience and have the chance to win a photography competition. Get snapping!
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