The Beastie Garden
Project Category: Registered charity
The Beastie garden will provide a genuine tactile learning experience and will also provide opportunities to discover the importance in invertebrate diversity to help sustain the fruit collection through pollination.The garden will also incorporate a wild meadow, natural paths that will flow around the garden to allow access for all abilities, seating will also be provided in multiple areas to allow for a fully immersive experience in the garden and to encourage reflection on the information provided on information boards and in written materials.
The Beastie Garden will include the following elements:
- Purpose built Insect hotel s which will be constructed from natural materials to provide a safe shelter for invertebrates in threatening weather
- Purpose built Bee hotels and Bug cities to provide a safe habitat for bees to nest in, which will comprise of natural materials (e.g. wood, slate, stone, bamboo etc.) used to create a habitat which insects and mini-beasts will thrive.
- Bird stands, bird feeders to encourage birds into the garden
- A Lizard warming area will be incorporated
- Bat boxes will be a feature
- Especially designed drinking stations for invertebrates to aid bees and butterflies as there is no standing water nearby.
- Construction of a pond, raised beds and planters will allow for access for equal opportunities in the garden.
- Shingle, grassland and borders will also be added.
- To aid with the interpretation of the area, information boards will be erected to assist with educating individuals on the wildlife inhabiting the garden, the biodiversity the orchards support and the importance of bees and other insects to the National Fruit Collection.
- Construction of compost bins will provide an educational tool for recycling materials and provide a long term supply of compost to maintain the garden.
- A wild meadow area within the garden and eco system will assist pollination of the fruit trees. A regular food supply will be provided in the form of flowering plants throughout the growing season in order to attract an abundance of pollinating insects to build permanent homes within the orchards. The spectrum of flowers will also ensure a sufficient food supply for insects to survive through the winter. The combination of annual single blooms and regularly flowering shrubs will be the method used as follows:
- Dog Daisies Primroses Lavender Clover Buddleia Honeysuckle Rosemary Herb Ivy Lilac Privet Elderberry Buckthorn Cowslips Red Campion
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