Chloe

Chloe

The wildlife garden is such a beautiful space to create and help others, I always come away with a fresh perspective and, more energy! Even after working hard!

Shed roof repairs

Shed roof repairs

The wildlife garden’s shed roof has been in need of repair for a while. Yesterday Nicole and Chloe spent the afternoon and evening replacing the roofing felt and generally repairing the shed.

shed roof getting repaired by volunteers

The next step will be to reinforce areas at the top of the shed that have begun to rot and to put on guttering and water collection. As soon as we get a couple of decent days the exterior of the shed is going to get and new protective coating as the wasps have eaten most of the last one!

A brief photo shoot in the wildlife garden

A brief photo shoot in the wildlife garden

A little misleading title in that we are including some photos from trial beds that volunteers are growing for observation and seed production for next year.

What I observed in my wanderings yesterday was just how popular the edible chrysanthemum sowings had been with the insects.  I’ll say no more as they deserve a post of their own. Here are some of the lovely things I saw yesterday touring the wildlife garden and the test beds.

Bee on ragwort flower, the fluffiest and cuddliest bee ever

Before anyone says anything this isn’t actually in the garden, its just outside on the main site boundary. Ragwort is great for insects but not so good for mammals.

A test polyculture bed with lots of edible crysanthemum and cornflowers.Many of the volunteers have their own gardens or allotments where they are bringing on plants for us or helping to increase seed stocks for major plantings / sowings next year.

Bee flying away from cornflower

Bee feeding inside cornflower

Wildlife garden tansy and ladybird

 

Water Lilly donation

Water Lilly donation

A big thank you to Greg from Lancaster who has just given us a lovely donation of 4 fantastic lillies with massive root balls. These are going to be perfect in the ponds. They’re already housed in a temporary site until the ponds are built this winter.

James

James

I keep myself busy and I tend to overdo things. But spending time at the wildlife garden really refreshes me and helps me relax. Its a beautiful place with a wonderful community.

Chris

Chris

Chris was the primer mover in the early stages of the project, he put huge amounts of effort into starting the land clearance removing skips full of waste. He is fondly remembered by all who knew him.

Nicole

Nicole

Nicole is project coordinator which involves spending most of her time with a strimmer battling the comfrey.

Cathy

Cathy

Cathy is currently managing the plantings for the top half of the garden and her consistent attention has made sure everything has survived the droughts.

Andrea

Andrea

Andrea has been a part of our emergency weeding and watering team for some years now.