This is the last month in my year of photographing the George V Memorial Garden in Hayle which lies alongside the Copperhouse tidal pool, a reminder of Hayle’s heyday during the Industrial Revolution and now home to a rich variety of birdlife. This flat trail, about three quarters of a mile long, goes through former GWR land which was landscaped and planted as part of Hayle’s Millennium Project and won gold in the South West in Bloom competition. Throughout the year I have tried to photograph as many different plants as I can and identify them, though that has not always been successful. What I have discovered is the number of shrubs that are native to New Zealand. (Australian and South African plants are also planted in this sub-tropical garden, though some of these were lost in the unexpected snowfall of March 2018).
For this month I am featuring the Wednesday Wanderers Wall of Plants. The Wednesday Wanderers is a free creative walking, nature and ceramics project for people living with dementia. They meet weekly with carers and volunteers, walk in the Cornish landscape and use nature as inspiration for ceramic work made at Leach Pottery. The King George walk is one of their favourite locations and members were inspired to create something for Hayle in Bloom.
They researched Hayle’s history for the terracotta tile panel and made clay planters decorating them with natural materials such as seed heads, leaves and shells.
The project is run by a collaboration between Leach Pottery and the Sensory Trust.
George V Memorial Walk – December 31 2019
And here is a final look at the entire year: Click to scroll through the gallery
If you would like to see each month in more detail then please click on TheChangingSeasons tag below. I would like to thank everyone who has joined me in this project this year and I hope you have enjoyed the garden as much as I have. Happy New Year!
And I would like to take this opportunity to thank the lovely Su Leslie for hosting this challenge throughout the year. It is a lovely way to record the passing of the seasons.
The Changing Seasons | December