Mickleton Methodist Church

A new
wildlife friendly community garden
for Mickleton

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Objective

To develop a small portion of the lawn area behind the Methodist Church as a 'Community Wildlife Garden’ with butterfly/bee-friendly shrubs and plants, a strip of native wild flowers (characteristic of old flower meadows); some bird boxes/feeders and insect 'hotels' might also be added. 'Recycled' park bench style seats and a picnic table will provide a rest/picnic/reading area for residents, visitors and walkers alike.

'Connecting people with nature'
World Environment Day theme 2017

Aims

1. To enhance a currently unused central space in the village to provide an attractive rest area with park style seat(s)/bench(es)/planter(s)/table all made of Plaswood (recycled agricultural plastic). Plaswood is very heavy (more difficult to remove) and extremely durable (unaffected by weather so no maintenance is required). In future the space could be used for a monthly 'farmers market' and/or allotment users selling local produce, and/or a space for charity fund-raising events.

2. To plant butterfly/bee-friendly flowering shrubs and plants (foxgloves, primroses, bluebells, daisies) on the sloping sides of the lawn which are currently difficult to mow. These will attract a variety of insects - primarily butterflies and bees - both of which are in serious decline in the UK.  Some town councils are already carrying out similar projects in parks, roadside verges and roundabouts (Pittville in Cheltenham, Council planting in Alcester)

3. To plant a strip 15m X 3m wide planted with a traditional mix of native wild flowers and a smaller plot 4m X 2m for other 'insect-friendly' plants which could be managed by the school or young gardeners. These will become a notable visitor attraction and of significant educational value.

4. Erect an education/information board promoting insect conservation/recycling etc.

5. To demonstrate the church's commitment to 'Care for Creation' (part of its EcoChurch Programme) in a practical way which will benefit both wildlife and people and embracing the  ‘Connecting people with Nature’ -  World Environment Day theme 2017.

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If you are interested in contributing to this project in any way - by offering labour, growing plants, donating furniture in memory of someone special - or would like more information please contact:
Mark Boulton, Mickleton Methodist Church
01386 438577 07776 036886 or e-mail

Latest News

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Cotswold Seeds in Moreton-in-Marsh have generously agreed to provide both the expertise and the wildflower seeds for this project and have already visited the site and made their recommendations.

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Greggs Foundation have just made a generous grant to kick-start the project.
Advice and support is now being sought from the Mickleton Community.