Greening De Frene Market Garden
Project Category: Registered charity
There will be 3 main types of activity that will directly benefit our service users (co-workers) and the local community as well as the environment in which they work and live.
Firstly we will develop more microhabitats and niches including:
- Butterfly garden designed to feed caterpillars as well as adult butterflies
- Bee mounds and hotels to increase habitats for a wide range of native wild bees
- More diverse hedge areas benefit a wide range of wildlife such as hedgehogs, insects, birds and bats
- Stag beetle log piles
- Reptile habitats encourage Slow worms and possibly even Common Lizards, which have been sighted in the area
All new habitats will have accompanying interpretive information boards to further increase access and educational value.
Secondly we will build a pond dipping platform for the use of co-workers and members of the community as well as visiting children. This will allow and encourage safe exploration of our pond and its wildlife. It will provide educational and conservation value as we will be able to reliably and accurately monitor and record biodiversity.
Thirdly we will draw up an annual Wildlife Management Plan. We will add this to our existing management system. It will enable us to integrate wildlife benefits with the current programme of food growing and general running of the site. It will include a maintenance schedule as well as a monitoring programme to measure and record trends in biodiversity. We will involve our co-workers in carrying out all the conservation tasks.
The Greggs foundation will very kindly be funding £1450 to help pay for this
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De Frene Site, Up track between 35 and 37 De Frene Road