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Picture Gallery

The pictures below give a flavour of Sudbury Meadow and our activities.
Of course the best way to enjoy the meadow is to visit it, especially on a sunny, summer day! 

(All pictures are copyright of Friends of Sudbury Meadow)


More of the team enjoying well earned refreshments at The Barley Mow.  02/12/17


Del, Alison and Nadine enjoying The Barley Mow hospitality. 02/12/17


Alison and Barrie tidying up after hedge trimming. 02/12/17


Consolidating the composting meadow cuttings, spurred on by thoughts of the Christmas
drink at The Barley Mow! 02/12/17


The Wilkinsons, at the installation of a new seat, donated by them in memory of our
member Gerald Wilkinson, who went 'Off Galivanting' on 22/09/17. We will miss his
cheerful visits to our work parties.  29/10/17


Lots of autumn colour in the Wildlife Garden. 07/10/17


The orchard getting its annual grass cut, thanks to a wonderful team of volunteers from
Paxton Pits Nature Reserve and Ranger, Matt Hall. Time to start apple picking too. 30/08/17


Barrie and Barbara enjoying a break from gardening on a glorious day. 16/08/17


Black Knapweed (Centaurea nigra), a great plant for insects, grows well in
Lower Meadow. 12/07/17


Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) in full flower. There were buttercups too. 10/05/17


Bird Garden looking lovely on a sunny May day. 10/05/17


The perennials bed getting a much needed clear-out thanks
to our wonderful volunteers. 06/05/17


The Bird Garden getting a tidy-up. 06/05/27


The orchard in full bloom. Hope the bees were busy! 16/04/17


Spring blossom in the Bird and Wildlife Gardens. 16/04/17


An enthusiastic hedge cutting team on a lovely March morning. 04/03/17


Enthusiastic young gardeners from Winhills Primary Academy.
The school has joined the RHS Campaign for School Gardening.
Volunteering at Sudbury Meadow will contribute towards
achieving the top Level Five Award. 06/12/16


Spot a Sudbury Meadow volunteer? There are several.
The much was provided by HDC's Countryside Service as
a 'Thank You' to all the volunteers who help at various
sites in the district. Great fun it was too.  05/12/16




Left and right

The Friends of Sudbury Meadow Christmas Tree at The United Reform Church Christmas Tree Festival. We received the most votes! Well done and very many thanks to Di, Christine and Barbara who designed and put up the tree (and Lin who helped remove it). Thanks also to Mark who took these photos.  03/12/16












View from the south-east corner of the site, looking much bigger
 after the cut. 03/10/16



Ranger Matt Hall removing last year's cuttings and tidying up this
year's pile. 03/10/16



Taming the front hedge. Thanks to Charlie and colleague. 12/09/16



Relaxing before a sharp rain shower curtailed the party! 03/09/16



Members and volunteers at our picnic and Pimms Party. 03/09/16



After two hours hard work, a cleared walkway! 03/09/16



Reinstating the walkway around the shrubbery. 03/09/16



Buttercups in the Bird garden's mini-meadow. 14/05/16



The meadow awash with cow parsley.  14/05/16



Blossom time in the orchard. Sadly the variable weather prevented
successful pollination for many of the trees. 16/05/16



At last, grass at the front and a very well trimmed hedge! 16/01/16



Ray with a new recruit - Guard Dog? 14/10/15



The Wildlife Garden looking stunning after a year of loving
care by U3A and FoSM volunteers. 14/09/15



A well earned rest at our Cake and Cava get-together
after the work party below 05/09/15



Why do weeds grow faster than grass? 05/09/15



Yellow Corn Marigolds self-sown from 2014. What a lovely
 display and the insects love them. 09/07/15



Meadow Brown butterfly on wild marjoram. 02/07/15



A job well done!  The Waitrose team - Thanks everyone!


A light summer hedge cut courtesy of a team
from Waitrose, St Neots. 22/06/15


Grainne insect spotting in the Butterfly Garden. 06/06/15



Spring time in the meadow with Cow Parsley and
Buttercups. 20/05/15



Apple blossom time. 28/04/15



Cowslips flowering in profusion in the lower meadow. 21/05/15



Newly planted Sorbus commixta. 14/02/15



Shrubbery having a severe thinning!  07/02/15



Comma and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies on
wild marjoram.  09/07/14



Butterfly garden in mid-summer. 09/07/14



Volunteers moving logs for future wildlife features.  01/03/14



All change!  Four Lombardy poplar trees failed a safety inspection last year.
 Work started on 24th February 2014 to remove them.  26/02/14



Seven volunteers made short work of cutting five garden hedges and the rest
 of a boundary hedge on a glorious, sunny Saturday morning. There were
 gales and floods elsewhere in the country, so we were very lucky. 01/02/14



FoSM's 'Biodiversitree' (middle foreground), the visitor's
 favourite at The United Reform Church's Christmas Tree Festival.
Well done to Di for the imaginative design and Marilyn,
 Lin and Christine G for helping to put it together. 07/12/13



Who needs man-power? Well done ladies, you did a lovely job
despite the rain showers! 13/10/13



The Bird garden, with Sorbus berries and crab apples ripening for
 wildlife. 13/09/13


Small Tortoiseshell butterflies in the nettle patch.
Great to see more of them this year. (14/07/13)


Celebrating our second Green Flag Community Award
during a very hot work party in late July 2012!


Great Tit leaving a nest box, May 2012.
(Image courtesy of Warren Gunn.)


What a surprise!  A small honeycomb formed around a branch of a
purple leaved elder (Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace') in the Bird Garden.
Presumed to be a swarm of honeybees, but no one reported seeing it. 
Picture taken - 09/06/11



A Speckled Wood butterfly sheltering in the long grass on 16th April 2011



In the beginning - a view from the gate taken on 22nd June 2000. 
Note the expanding bramble patch, middle right of the picture. 
This eventually became one of our wildlife gardens.