Cuthill Park Species List (5th Oct 2016, compiled by Roger Powell & Jen Newcombe of East Lothian Council Ranger Service)
Coral Spot Fungus
Tar Spot Fungus
Cat's Ear sp.
Plain Golden Y moth
Hover flies x 2 sp.
Within the park, East Lothian Council have planted wildflower meadows comprising:
- Corn Marigold
- Corn Poppy
In the summer, these are alive with bees and butterflies.
Along the boundary with the Royal Musselburgh Golf Club, you can find dog roses and elder.
Around the lone sycamore at the brow of the hill, the community has helped to plant:
- Crocuses (Ruby Giant, Remembrance)
- Hyacinths (Purple Sensation)
- Tulips (Queen of Night, Curly Sue)
The following variety of apple trees have been planted along the north wall of the garden:
- Scotch Dumpling
- Egremont Russet
- Worcester Pearmain
- James Grieve
- Laxton's Superb
- crab apples
- Williams' bon chrétien pear
Begonia Odorata Pendula ("pink delight")
Gladiolus Nova Lux
Dahlia Dutch Explosion
Dahlia Santa Claus
Dahlia Playa Blanca
The edge of the garden is bordered with a hedge of:
- Crab Apple
- Dog Rose
Within the Woodland Learning Zone, we have planted:
- snowdrop (galanthus flore plena)
The edge of this area is kept deliberately 'wild' to encourage wildlife and natural play.
The Wild Garden Company kindly supplied us with specially drilled wooden tubes to provide shelter for bees and other insects; ladybird attractant, hedgehog food and suet blocks and bird seed.
You may notice feeders in the Woodland Learning Zone. Feel free to help keep these stocked or add some more feeders so passing birds will know where to find their next meal.
ScottishPower donated some habitat boxes which we erected in the Community Garden. We were delighted that a family of blue tits took up residence in one of the nesting boxes!
On one of our work days we spotted a shrew!
We would love to hear what you spot in the park.
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