New Bird Feeding Station
Our new bird feeding station is now up and running near the Edwardian toilets which was kindly installed by the grounds maintenance lads, with the initial supply of food and nuts etc donated by members of Friends of the Green. The bird feeding station will compliment all the work that has already been done to the shrub bed at the Edwardian toilets.
Last year there was extensive work done to the bed. A variety of native fruit trees and shrubs were planted, along with a strip of herbaceous perennials and annual flowers along the path. The emphasis of the new planting is to provide for all types of wildlife. This includes not only bees, butterflies, moths, and hoverflies but also caterpillars and birds. By introducing a wide variety of plants, lots of different wildlife will make use of them, all year round. Instead of just summer meadow flowers, there will be seasonal interest with spring blossom followed by berries and nuts in the autumn.
The grounds maintenance team made lots of improvements to this bed including installing bird, bat and insect boxes, sandstone bird baths, log piles and planting up with a range of different wildlife friendly plants. These should naturalize and improve with time and need minimal maintenance.