Join in with Goostrey Scouts to finish the ‘turf fields’ hedge on the 3rd March from 1.00pm.
They have 30metres of hedging to plant; some kindly donated by Chester Zoo and 10 Cheshire Damson Trees kindly donated by Goostrey Parish Council ( think of all the jam! and the biodiversity such a hedge will bring in years to come). Damson trees have traditionally been planted in hedges through Cheshire, bringing pretty white blossom in spring followed by delicious dark fruit in September – for tasty jam, fruit crumbles and even damson gin!
The scouts would like to extend a welcome to all the local community … dog walkers, jam makers, bird watchers, youngsters & oldsters … to join them and help plant a tree. (Where are the ‘turf fields’ ? Behind Mount Pleasant Residential Park in the middle of the village)
Paul Kemsley: “All are welcome, there’s lots of work, just bring a spade and please do come.” (Please email…. firstname.lastname@example.org if you need further details)
Did you know…..Market Drayton was famed for its Damson Fair when Lancashire textile makers would buy damsons to make dye for their cloth until synthetic dyes killed the industry. The Damson Fair ran in Septembers between the 1850s and the 1930s.
The skins were used to make blue-grey dye for RAF uniforms in World War II, and damsons mixed with ammonia turned cloth green – army uniforms in the First World War were dyed khaki with damsons.