Brookenby Business Park is the old RAF Binbrook.
RAF Binbrook was opened as a Bomber Command station in June 1940 during the Second World War home to No. 12 Squadron RAF which operated between 3 July 1940 and 25 September 1942 before moving to RAF Wickenby. The squadron operated the Vickers Wellington Mk II and III. Another squadron to use Binbrook before 1942 was 142 which initially operated between 3 July 1940 and 12 August 1940 with the Fairey Battle and left for a short time before returning on 6 September 1940 and going to RAF Waltham on 26 November 1941. The squadron used the Battle until November 1940 before switching to the Wellington Mk II.
RAF Binbrook closed in 1942 for the installation of three concrete runways, reopening in 1943 as home to No. 460 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force. Post-war, Binbrook was home to a number of distinguished RAFbomber squadrons, notably IX, 12, 101 and 617, all four of which were there for more than a decade. The airfield saw the start of the RAF’s transition to jet bombers with the arrival of the first English Electric Canberras.
We have been developing the nissen huts into greenhouses, we also are restoring several buildings for our packing and offices. The work started July 2017.
The task was not easy considering the state of disrepair:
First task was to remove the rubbish then to remove the tin from the roof:
As quick as we were making space we were filling it with plants:
Once the tin was removed we then went about the very difficult task of covering the nissen huts in plastic:
This process is happening slowly as we are doing the work ourselves but it is changing every week.
Pond maintanence is important at this time of year to ensure that you have a healthy pond for spring. During the windy month of October the leaves start to drop from the trees.
Task 1 – Remove leaves from the pond surface, before they drop to the bottom as this can increase the amount of nutrients as they start to rot altering the gentle eco balance within the pond.
As we head towards winter many of the spring and summer plants begin to die back.
Task 2 – Trim back the pond plants and divide where necessary preventing decaying material from entering the pond.
Task 3 – Remove any blanket weed and remove where possible silt from the bottom of the pond.
If you placed any floating plants on the pond now is a good time to remove them such as the water lettuce and salvina natans are not winter hardy.
It gives me great pleasure to start writing the Lincolnshire Pond Plant Blog.
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Lincolnshire Pond Plants continued development of the nursery on the old RAF Binbrook site ‘Brookenby’.
- The nissen huts have been stripped of all of the metal and the plastic sheet has been placed over the top turning them into perfect polytunnels. As the sun finally begins to shine our next task has been to create pools to house the 40 different types of water lilies that we hold in stock. Ranging from Dwarf for the ornamental bowls including small water features, through to the large that have a 2 to 3 meter spread. Water lilies through out the summer immense colour to a pond, but also provide vital shade to prevent the build-up of blanket weed. The range of lily flowers vary from almost black to the purest white and many variations between.
- For any wildlife pond it is important to think about the submerged, floating, emerge and marginal plants. Looking at the submerged plants these provide oxygen as well as safety for small fry, native varieties consist of: Common Water-starwort Callitriche stagnalis, Spiked Water-milfoil Myriophyllum spicatum, Hornwort Ceratophyllum demersum, Water-crowfoots Ranunculus aquatilis and Water-violet Hottonia palustris.
- Thinking of marginal plants native species include Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris, Water-plantain Alisma plantagoaquatica, Water Mint Mentha aquatica, Lesser Spearwort Ranunculus flammula, Greater Spearwort R. lingua, Water Forget-me-not Myosotis scorpioides, Brooklime Veronica beccabunga, Ragged-Robin Lychnis flos-cuculi, Purple Loosestrife Lythrum salicaria, Bogbean Menyanthes trifoliata, Meadow-sweet Filipendula ulmaria, Water Horsetail Equisetum fluviatile, Mare’s-tail Hippuris vulgaris, Yellow Iris Iris pseudacorus, Flowering-rush Butomus umbellatus, Branched Bur-reed Sparganium erectum and Lesser Bulrush Typha angustifolia.
- We finally move from our packing place at Market Rasen to the new nursery, and as the excitement builds so do the amount of jobs; pruning and potting, with some decorating of the new offices in between. Steam pipes are being laid and finally the watering system is sorted.
- We take pride in growing plants that love to be in the water, at the edge of the water or just like to be in the area on damp ground. Our range of moist, damp ground, plants can help solve that awkward corner where very little grows.
- Come and see us at the Harrogate and RHS shows next year.
- We are a family nursery and take great pride in providing a personal service.