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Residents’ Association and Scouts have a productive Sunday

Sunday 12th March 2017

Purbrook and Widley Area Residents’ Association (PAWARA) Environment Group had a productive morning at The Bog and Penjar Pond with a good turnout of residents supplemented with scouts from the 72nd Portsmouth Group.  Apple, quince and elder were added to the fruiting hedge at The Bog while the scouts staked the existing trees so they would be easy to find if they became overgrown.  The group then moved over to Penjar Pond where the scouts sawed up and moved some branches that had been cut down and left at the back of the pond.  Meanwhile, a double row of wild plum trees was planted at the Elstead Gardens end of the grass area.  The original intention was to continue the existing hedge planted for year-round colour.  Unfortunately, the ground was too stony.  There was a suggestion it might be builders’ rubble.

Two members of the group have become Havant Borough Tree Wardens.  The fruiting hedge planted at The Bog in December 2014 was provided by The Tree Council as part of their Fruiting Hedges for Urban Edges project.  The Tree Council also supplied the trees planted.