Hedgerows and Heritage at Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage.

Lloyd Park entrance to WMG                                                  2013-07-31 09.56.33                                                               lloyd park 240713

One of the jobs for the “Green Gym” volunteers to do before 2019 is to plant new hedges in Lloyd Park. Hedges provide habitats for birds and insects and running mammals.

From Friends of Lloyd Park.

“It is proposed that tenders will be sought from environmental conservation charities to operate a programme of ‘Green Gym’ type practical nature conservation projects in Lloyd Park that engages the voluntary participation of the local community.  These projects will help volunteers to improve their physical health, gain new skills/experience, new friends, improved social skills, improved mental health and well-being.  The contract period will be from 1st April 2012 to 31st March 2019.

The Coach House will be upgraded to provide an operational base for the successful charity to store materials, provide a small office/mess facility for charity staff and volunteers.

Examples of activities to be held in Lloyd Park are likely to be:

Habitat creation

Tree/hedge/shrub/bulb planting.
Creation of mini-beast homes e.g. stag beetle loggery, mini-beast hotel.
Construction of bat boxes and bird boxes.
Planting up the moat and wetland scrape areas.

Wed 21st Aug 2013 “Hedges”. Enjoy free activities exploring the heritage of Lloyd Park.  Heritage   of Hedges Do a biodiversity survey of the park’s hedges .”

Do you remember back in the day, if you were in London then, that Privet hedges were everywhere making boundaries between properties and the streets. “Biodiversity” was not a word then! In the Northern Isles of Scotland I had a Fuchsia hedge and it was high and dripping with red flowers in August. The postman hated it because he couldn’t see around the corner in his red van and kept making remarks about it being cut down. Flowers were rare there so I was not going to give up colour for him. It’s very presence was a photographer’s delight.

                                                              dripping fuchsiaCharcoal drawing of a Fuchsia bloom by Gillian Lawrence.

dripping fuchsia in College Rd e10 Fuchsia in College Road E10 July.2013

Privet Hedges                                  privet

Hawthorn Hedges                          hawthorn

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