A safe and sustainable pond island at Forty Hall has been created to offer shelter and a place to nest for the many wild fowl which will visit over the spring. The new island, by Friends of Forty Hall Park, is supported by erosion-resistant rock rolls, and planted with shrubs to support the lake’s eco-system and to provide safe areas for waterfowl and wading birds, as well as insects and other wildlife.
Meanwhile at Bush Hill Park, the friends group has erected a living willow structure, the latest instalment in the park’s thriving community wildlife garden, thanks to funding from the council.
The volunteer group hopes the wildlife garden will become a destination for Bush Hill Park’s users, fulfilling its vision of making it an area for natural play, wildlife discovery, education and relaxation.
The dome builds on work started two years ago, when the garden was neglected and suffered from low-level anti-social behaviour. The garden now has new ponds, a bio-diverse wildflower meadow and a bug hotel as well as a security gate.
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