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Caversham Court's Venerable Black Mulberry

The mulberry at Caversham Court Gardens, estimated to be around 300 years old, collapsed at the end of July 2016. In an attempt to save it, the Tree Officer took off a significant proportion of the canopy, cutting back the main framework to suitable growing points, and leaving the limbs propped. It is possible that some of the tree will survive, even if other sections are deprived of nutrients and die off.

For the next few months, temporary security fencing will be put up around the tree to prevent any public access to it. The reasons are that the limbs need time to settle under their own weight; the tree needs time to develop coping mechanisms following a major shock; and we want to monitor the tree without interference. 

We know that temporary fencing is unsightly, but think this is the best option for the remainder of the growing season. We will review this in the autumn.

Dr Carolyn Jenkins, CMLI, Landscape Design Officer, Reading Borough Council - 0118 937 2773 (72773)

Note: Four young black mulberry trees were planted in 2008 as part of the refurbishment of Caversham Court Gardens. These are thriving in the carriage circle.


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Caversham Tree Walk
Reading Tree Wardens have produced a leaflet for a walk around Caversham centre, pointing out some of the fine local trees. The walk is designed to end in Caversham Court Gardens, with its very fine collection of specimen trees.  Download the map at http://www.readingtree wardens.org.uk/walks/walk_caversham.htm.

 NEWSLETTER NO. 17, SPRING 2017.

Details of forthcoming events (1-5) are on the EVENTS page of this website

6.  New Directions Caversham Centre - Caversham Court Display in the Foyer

Before RBC disposes of the building, make sure to see the small exhibition put together some years ago featuring the fate of another RBC property, Caversham Court.  Newspaper cuttings from the 1930s show the entrance to the vinery and the lawn pegged out ready for the by-pass that never was.
 
7.  Follow Us on Facebook

If you are a Facebook user, do check https://en-gb.facebook.com/Friends-of-Caversham-Court-Gardens-235479183306048/ for up-to-date details of events in the gardens.  You will still be able to find information about scheduled events on the website www.fccg.org.uk

8.  Help in the Gardens and on the Committee

A small band of volunteers work in the gardens with Head Gardener Will Paice on Wednesday mornings.  Do contact Will or the Friends if you would like to do a spot of gentle gardening in sociable company.  We would also welcome help on the Friends committee - not very onerous and very worthwhile.  Contact friends@fccg.org.uk for details.

9.  Dried Flower Arrangements in the Undercroft

Make sure to see the superb dried flower arrangements Hester Casey has displayed in the undercroft of the gazebo during the winter.  If you





grow flowers for drying yourself and may have some to spare for next season, Hester would be pleased to hear from you - contact the Friends.

10.  New Planting for the Eastern Border

The scruffy snowberries in the border below the Tea Kiosk are being replaced by massed white birches, underplanted with white hydrangeas, in a stunning scheme suggested by Hester Casey and approved by the Parks Department.  This will give a new vista as you walk from the gazebo towards the Tea Kiosk, masking the ugly view of buildings over the fence.

11.  Beast-head Corbels on the Griffin Steps

If you go down to the Forbury Gardens and look at the archway leading to the abbey ruins (closed off now) you will see that the keystone bears a very close resemblance to the strange beast heads in the pillars of our griffin steps.  There are others in St Laurence's churchyard and Reading Museum.  These Romanesque stones apparently come from a hoard of sculpted stones found near Shiplake and attributed in the early 20th century to the abbey.  How did they get to Caversham Court?

12.  Volunteers' Update Session, The Griffin, Saturday 11 March 11 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

All our volunteers and anyone else who might think of volunteering are welcome for a short update session in The Griffin meeting room, upstairs. We'll bring you up to date with things going on in the gardens, new research into the history of Caversham Court and events planned for this year.  An idea of numbers would be helpful, please e-mail chair@fccg.org.uk if you can come.





























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