Environment Funding for the Woodland area
The woodland area beside the Edwardian toilets has been identified as a space suitable for encouraging wildlife. Plants have been chosen and planted here specifically for that purpose. To be able to continue to improve and enhance this area Friends of Silloth Green wanted to introduce more insect and bird friendly trees, and also spring and early summer flowering bulbs. Daffodils and tulips were planted at the end of last year which are providing a lovely burst of colour to welcome the Spring. A selection of trees have been planted including Crab Apple trees, Hawthorn, Whitebeam, Mountain Ash and Rowan trees. A bench has also been installed, to provide a quiet place to sit and enjoy the woodland area, whilst watching the local bird population using the nearby bird feeding station. An information board is also to be added to help people identify the different birds.
The wildlife, as well as visitors to the Green will benefit from the grant. Using a wider variety of plants will ensure that more species of birds and insects can benefit during most times of the year. The flowers from the spring and early summer flowering bulbs will provide nectar to insects at a time of year when it is in short supply. The addition of these trees and bulbs will show that wildlife areas can look attractive as well as being an essential lifeline for birds, insects and small mammals.