Young Gardeners under 16 years

Making a wildlife Garden

At Northleigh Road Allotments

Sunday 2nd April 2017.

Join us between 11am and 1pm.

For some year’s part of the site has been no more than a rubbish tip covered with brambles, but in recent months, we've been clearing the ground and getting rid of the rubbish. Why bother when no-one's waiting to take on a plot here?

For us who have allotment plots, we want to have more success with our vegetables and fruit - that means fewer pests damaging and eating them. We also need bees to pollinate the flowers, and bees are sharply declining - threatening everything we grow to eat.

For everyone, our neighbours and for the community around, gardens and green areas are vital for our health and well-being, and it's important that we share the environment with other creatures.

So, this area is going to become a where we will try to create habitats for

wildlife: bee-boxes, hedgehog homes, ponds, log and stone piles for frogs and other creatures, flowers to attract bees, ladybirds and other beneficial insects that will keep the pests down.

It can also be an area where local children can learn about the natural world and play their part in making a sustainable future for all. For example, some the children from Ward End Primary School visited the site last year and saw how we are growing food for the table.

If you would like to see what's going on and involve yourself and your children in this project, come and join in on Sunday 2nd April 11am – 1pm when we will be starting things off after clearing the site. You will be able to

  • • Help build an insect hotel
  • • Create homes for other creatures
  • • Sow flower seeds and put in young plants • Start creating a pond
  • • Put up bird boxes

You'll need to wear old clothes and strong shoes, and it's advisable to have gloves too. Children under 14 need to be accompanied. Come and look even if you don't want to do anything, so you can see what's planned.

Hope to see you then.

Hester Blewitt, - Plot 47 - Northleigh Road Site Rep

Ring 07812 248447 if you have any queries and leave a message - I'll get back to you.

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