Be Inspired to Go Wild!
Did you know that there is more space managed as garden in the UK than all nature reserves put together? Imagine what a difference we could make if everyone did something for wildlife in their gardens. This month The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales reached out to Cardiff residents and encouraged people to garden with wildlife in mind.
The Wildlife Trust’s ‘My Wild Cardiff’ project, funded with the generous support of the players of People's Postcode Lottery, is helping people around Cardiff welcome their wildlife neighbours into their gardens.
As part of the My Wild Cardiff project, The Wildlife Trust created a ‘Pop-up’ Wildlife Garden in Cardiff’s largest park; Bute Park. Designed by Shani Lawrence Garden Designs, the garden featured a pond, a living lawn, a green roof and plenty of homes for wildlife. The temporary garden inspired visitors from all parts of the country and gave them ideas as to how they can improve their own gardens for wildlife.
Rose Revera, The Wildlife Trust’s People and Wildlife Officer who is running the My Wild Cardiff project, said “Anything that people can do in their gardens to create more habitat for wildlife in the area will help species such as hedgehogs, bumblebees, butterflies and birds. Creating a network of green areas will strengthen the populations that are seriously struggling, rather than them being confined to a single green area with limited resources. We hope that our pop-up wildlife garden will educate and inspire people to help their wild neighbours.”
The garden was open to visitors from Monday 7th August until Sunday 6th August, next to the Summerhouse Café in Bute Park and attracted approx 1,300 visitors in the two weeks it was there for. some generous people also donated funds to us and we gave away numerous gardening advice leaflets.
During our time at Bute Park we kept a species list of all the wildlife that came to admire our pop up garden. Some of these species included a Hedgehog, a juvenile Robin who visited us consistently over a few days, a Hummingbird Hawk Moth was spotted around the flowers and a whole load of bumblebees, insects and birds also came to visit.
And we're not done yet! The My Wild Cardiff project will now focus it's attention on allotments in Cardiff until the 1st September; giving allotment owners a chance to win some wildlife goodies by sending us photos of their bug hotels (images can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 1st September). Click here for more info.
After this we will be moving on to My Wild School - we are running a FREE teacher training day for teachers, teaching assistants and trainees, in conjunction with Cardiff Council Community Rangers and the RSPB on Monday 16th October. More information can be found here. Book with Rose on email or phone 01656 724100.