Volunteers with the Wild About the Park project have created a special area in the park for outdoor wildlife activities. The Wild Learning Area near the war memorial is a place for people of all ages, but especially children, to explore the natural environment and carry out practical tasks like building bird boxes or mini-beast motels. We would particularly like to thank Park Activity Officer, Chris Smith, and students from Kirklees College, for all their hard work on this project.
The ‘woodland fringe’ area under the trees along the Park Drive South edge of the park is also developing well. Bulbs planted by hard-working volunteers in Autumn 2011 are gradually multiplying and we also raised and planted out thousands of wildflower seedlings. We’d like to thank the council’s nursery staff letting us use the facilities at their nurseries at Bradley to raise these plants and for their help and advice.
The woodland fringe area is only mown once or twice a year, allowing grass and wild flowers to grow, which should provide a variety of new habitats – as well as giving youngsters a ready source of native plants to identify!
We would like to thank the Big Lottery Community Wildlife Fund for providing a grant to enable us to buy tools, plants, and materials for the nature sessions.