from a vision
May 2017, Mickleton Methodist Church received a Bronze EcoChurch Award
for its work in raising environmental awareness across all aspects of
church work. Concern for Creation is regularly encouraged in church and
fellowship meetings, FairTrade products are used and sold, 100%
renewable energy is sourced from 'Good Energy' and LED lamps fitted
throughout, batteries, stamps, mobile phones, printer cartridges and
spectacles are collected and recycled, and concern for the environment
is demonstrated through links with WorkAID, support for solar lamps in
Kenya and, more recently, toilet twinning.
the online assessment required to apply for the award suggested we
might rethink our use of church land - in particular the large lawn
behind the church.
We have already put up three nest boxes kindly supplied by
Bill Richardson courtesy the SevernWasteFund, and the wildflower patch has been
re-seeded a colourful mix of poppies, cornflowers and corn marigolds. The
second patch, with more than 30 species of perennial wildflowers planted last
year should soon be coming into flower and we expect to see larger numbers, and
a greater variety of bees and butterflies this year.
We are indebted to the Dixon Trust for a grant to purchase the notice boards and educational displays.
to a reality
further discussion Church Council agreed that we should explore the
possibility of developing a Community Wildlife Garden.
project proposal was prepared, almost 1000 leaflets distributed around
the village and funding application submitted. The concept was to
redevelop the large lawn into an attractive community garden connecting
people with nature (the United Nations World Environment Day theme for
2017). Appropriately named the 'Three Bees' the garden would be an
pleasant place in the centre of the village to sit and relax or have
lunch, and an attractive wildlife habitat for bees, butterflies and
other wildlife. So with generous grants from the Greggs Foundation and NatureSave we have purchased Plaswood tables and benches made from 100% recycled plastic and, with the support of Cotswold Seeds in Moreton, planted two mini wildflower meadows.
A number of the rather
faded posters/wall charts are also being updated. Everyone is free to enjoy the
3 Bees Garden and it can also be booked for special events; do please remember
to take any litter away with you. We would welcome more involvement from the
community from gardeners, birders, wild flower enthusiasts.