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