Wildlife friendly garden opens in Brueton Park - The Solihull Observer

Wildlife friendly garden opens in Brueton Park

Solihull Editorial 4th Aug, 2023   0

AN AWARD-WINNING wildlife friendly garden has been opened at Brueton Park for nature and Silhillians to enjoy.

The garden, titled Urban Oasis, was designed by Vicky Lincoln and came top in a competition launched by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust at the Landscape Show in 2022.

It was a silver merit winner at BBC Gardeners’ World Live, has now been permanently installed at the Parkridge Nature Centre.

The garden is designed to create a haven for wildlife all year round and uses recycled or reclaimed materials.

Vicky said: “I am personally very concerned about our loss of biodiversity and implications.

“I’m inspired by the opportunity that every household has to increase and restore biodiversity in the UK, and contribute to creating safe corridors that wildlife can move through in urban areas.

“There are lots of little things in this garden that are easy to take home and do in your own garden – if everyone just made one change we could collectively make a huge difference.”

A rowan tree acts as a central feature, providing shade during summer months.

The small pond provides water and interest with aquatic plants and the ‘hedgehog holes’ in the bottom of the fences ensure small mammals can travel through.

And bee posts containing holes of different sizes have also been installed to allow safe nesting sites for solitary bees – which have already become home to a number of bees.

The Trust says it will be install interpretation boards around the garden explaining the wildlife features of the garden and also listing the plants that have been used.

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