14th November 2016
Itchen Spitfires Running Club
Our bank account is looking a lot fitter following the receipt of a £400.00 donation from Itchen Spitfires Running Club. The club have been using the garden as a meeting/starting point for a long while now and the members really wanted to make a contribution to the upkeep and development of a place that they really love.
In recognition of their support, we are pleased to display their logo on a plaque which was attached to the feather sculpture plinth today.
You can find out more about the club at www.itchenspitfiresrc.co.uk where you will also find links to Facebook and Twitter.
28 September 2016
Drastic Ceonothus pruning
The Ceanothus adjacent to the one we cut down in March has not been looking very well for a while, with the foliage seemingly dying back at the top. On 24th September 2016 we carried out some drastic pruning, removing the entire top part of the main trunk - a long coffee break afterwards plus multiple trips to the dump required! We hope that the plant will now grow into its new shape.
The photo below shows garden volunteers during the big prune and cleaning the named bricks on the path.
3 August 2016
Refurbishment of the feather plinth
The spikes at the top of the feather sculpture are doing their job in keeping the plinth below free of noxious pigeon droppings.
Now it is nice and clean, we have at last found the time to apply a fresh coat or two of masonry paint to brighten up the plinth.
We have also fitted three circular metal plates to cover the long redundant light fittings.
20 March 2016
DOWN and OUT!
On 10th March 2016, we discovered that the large Ceanothus plant had collapsed away from the back wall. It crushed the pampas grass and ended up leaning against the feather seat. Over time the shrub had somehow developed into a full blown tree with a wide canopy and a very thick trunk and we were aware that it grown at an awkward angle. It is possible that a combination of persistent rainfall loosening the soil and gusting winds may have contributed to the eventual collapse. A local tree surgeon responded quickly and cleared everything away on the same day. A stump with a growing shoot has been left, in the hope that the plant will regenerate.
This has punched an unwelcome £150.00 hole in our funds, which were already depleted following the installation of the new lights. Any donations towards this would be most welcome at this time!
The loss of the tree has left a rather large gap behind the pampas grass, which we will have to address, pending the hoped for regrowth.
New Garden Lighting - November 2015
Check out the new feature lighting to the Triton wall in the garden. We're impressed - we hope you are!
Many thanks to the friends of the garden who provided the means to pay for the installation. Funds are a little low now, so please keep on supporting us!
Anti-pigeon measures - April 2015
Since the garden opened in 2002, we have been plagued by pigeons perching on the top of the feather sculpture and fouling the plinth below.
After much research for a suitable solution, we discovered we could buy short strips of transparent plastic anti-pigeon spikes which could be fitted to the top of the feather (to quote Corporal Jones from Dad's Army "they don't like it up em"). However, fixing them 10m up at the top of the feather proved more challenging!
On 28 April, Ally and his mate from St Mary's fire station came to the rescue and used their truck with access platform to do the job for us. Thanks are due to them for taking the trouble to help us out.
The spikes are unobtrusive and don't detract from the appearance of the feather sculpture. It will be great to clean the awful mess from the plinth for the last time and redecorate without fear of it being marred the very next day.
Damage to stainless steel bollard sculptures
You may have noticed that two of the stainless steel bollard sculptures to the perimeter of the garden are looking rather wonky. On Saturday 11 October 2014 a No 13 First Bus reversed in to them.
After long negotiations, First Bus insurers eventually paid us compensation and we were able to start the process of replacement.
Finally, seven months after the accident, we are pleased to report that the bollards have been replaced and they are upright citizens again. Many thanks to Pete Codling, the original garden designer, and local engineering company BD Marine Ltd for doing an excellent job.
10th June 2015
Since the garden opened in 2002 we have been plagued with electrical failures at crucial times and have never been able to get to the bottom of the problem.
With the help of a local electrician we have at last diagnosed the cause of all our woes. Basically the original junction boxes were not waterproof patterns. Cables had become corroded as a result and were causing short circuits in wet weather.
The electrical problems we have been experiencing in the garden for some time have now been resolved by a local electrician, who has repaired and replaced corroded circuits and poorly specified equipment and fittings as necessary to make everything safe and to bring specifications up to date. The work has been tested and inspected and an Electrical Installation Certificate has been issued. We spent £197.32 on emergency repairs just before the 2014 Christmas lights were due to be switched on and we have now spent a further £534.00. We hope that we will no longer have to worry whether the power sockets will work or not.
Website for Woolston Community Centre
Woolston Community Association are very pleased to announce that they have at last entered into the spirit of the 21st century - they have a website! The WCA publicity officer, Kathryn Locke, has done a great job - go to the website below and see what is on offer there.
To read all about the last big event at the centre, the legendary Christmas dance on 7th December 2013, go to
Other attractions within the area
SOUTHAMPTON HALL OF AVIATION (SOLENT SKY)
Located just the other side of the Itchen Bridge, you will find this amazing museum with many aircraft on display. Click on the photo below to link to this museum's website.
SEA CITY MUSEUM
In Southampton city centre, you will find this brand new museum (opened Spring 2012), currently exhibiting the Southampton Titanic story and much more. Click on the logo below to link to the Sea City Museum's website.