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Makeover in Gloucester Park

A SWAT – Springwatch Action Team - has helped to transform a grot-spot into a beautiful breathing place...

This spring the focus is on SWAT – Springwatch Action Teams – a UK wide initiative linked to the BBC's Springwatch 2008.

Our challenge was to turn an unloved piece of land at Gloucester Park into a breathing place for nature and the community on Sunday 8th June 2008.

Painted mural in Gloucester Park

A special "SWAT team” of enthusiastic volunteers and experienced experts were involved in the makeover. The project was run in partnership with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

The plot of land in question is in a small corner of Gloucester Park. Work needed included clearing brambles and ivy, erection of bird and bat boxes, and painting over graffiti.

Semi-mature trees exist on the site, and these have a legacy to be proud of as they support a wealth of local wildlife.

Further planting to encourage wildlife could include:

  • Crab Apple – attractive blossom and fruits for birds.
  • Blackthorn hedging – one of the best plants for butterflies, with Spring blossom and Autumn sloes. Expect to see Black and Town Hairstreaks and Brimstone moths. Also provides shelter and nesting base for small birds and other wildlife.
  • Buddleia, and Scabious – very popular with butterflies.
  • Cotoneaster, Pyracantha and Ilex all provide valuable berries to feed birds.
  • Syringa – Attractive to birds, bees and butterflies, and also provides welcome scent in June.

last updated: 10/06/2008 at 17:21
created: 02/05/2008

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