Community, wildlife and local habitats!
Thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Scotswood Natural Community Garden was awarded £14,915 last year. The funding was used to deliver a project which successfully engaged the local community with wildlife and helped them learn about local habitats. It also resulted in the creation of a Local Wildlife Site being designated to the garden, allowing them to demonstrate the diverse range of habitats that now exist in the garden.
The award helped deliver 30 environmental education workshops working with over 800 children and 97 adults. The children and adults participated in a wide range of exciting wildlife activities, including pond dipping, learning about native species and seasonal change, plant and tree identification, and learning about hedgehogs.
Scotswood Natural Community Garden also held two free community wildlife days which were attended by almost 600 people. They ran specialist community wildlife events, including ‘bat talk and walk, where participants learned about bats and then went searching for them.
There were six half-day sessions with approximately 12 volunteers, where they learned about how to conserve pollinators and improve the depleted meadow area of the garden. During these sessions, 120 mini pollinator friendly gardens were created, as well as 65 bird and bat boxes being installed and five hedgehog houses fitted. The project also ran two litter picks of the local area which were attended by 39 volunteers.
The volunteers who work at the garden, as well as local children and adults, have developed a real interest and love of wildlife as a result of the project. Volunteers have a greater awareness of the importance of habitat creation in the work they do in the garden. The work carried out throughout the project has had a huge visual impact which can be seen in the photo below.