Native English Woodland Bluebell Glade
Project Category: Informal community group
We are a group of volunteers called ‘The Friends of Quarry Park’ and we work alongside Doncaster Council to improve and promote our local nature reserve, Quarry Park, which is situated between Dunsville & Dunscroft, Doncaster.
The nature reserve is a local place for wildlife, with interesting geological features and offers local people the chance to get up close to nature and enjoy it.
Our volunteers are drawn from the local community and regularly contribute between 60-80 hours each month to deliver a range of activities, including, actively managing the woodland areas of the nature reserve, carrying out regular maintenance, including hedge coppicing, planting oak trees, opening up new paths into woodland areas, picking up litter, installing picnic benches and path signs.
We have been working closely with Doncaster Council and Natural England to support the designation of local nature reserve status. This was secured in October 2016. With nature reserve status comes a good deal of work for our volunteers.
One of our priorities for 2017 is to create a native English Bluebell woodland glade along our newly opened Bluebell walking route . This is where the Greggs Foundation Grant is going to help us reach our goal. Working with our volunteers, and encouraging local residents we will plant, nurture and sensitively manage 7,000 native English Bluebells which will cover a walking length of 0.06 hectares. It will create a ‘springtime spectacle’ for local residents and visitors to the reserve, along the Bluebell walking route.
Our volunteers started the preparation work in October 2016 carrying out scrub clearance to open up grasslands. In 2017 the ‘Friends’ will purchase the native English Bluebells bulbs from a grower in the north of England. In early Autumn the Friends and local residents will take part in a Bluebell planting weekend. In Spring 2018 we will host a celebration walk, along the Bluebell Walking route to ‘show off’ the flower spectacle – all thanks to Greggs Foundation Grant.
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