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Updates from Natural Estates

Posted: Monday 20th February 2017 by Community

Bi-weekly updates from Natural Estates

Hello and welcome back to the Natural Estates blog!

The last two weeks has seen much of the same activities being undertaken, with Beaufort School working hard to finish their planters in time for planting some pollinator friendly species in the Spring. The girls over at Barnwood Park Arts College had a great lesson decorating pots to bring some colour to their garden space, whilst our community sessions throughout Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewksbury were busy doing grounds maintenance and some (late) bulb planting. 

Despite its name, a dead hedge is a wonderful place for wildlife to thrive

The half term break provided time for the team to get on with some background activities, including moving three truck loads of willow branches from Llanthony Secunda Priory to the Redwell Centre, which were kindly donated by the priory after the willow trees surrounding their pond had been cut back. These branches will be used to create a dead hedge, which despite its name, is actually a place where wildlife can thrive, providing refuge for a range of birds, insects, and small mammals, as well as for mosses, lichens and funghi. The hedge will be constructed at the Redwell Centre, where it will border the newly created path that meanders through the site. 

The team were also busy working with our volunteers at Lynworth Court sowing a range of pollinator friendly seeds, including cosmos, dahlias, shasta daisies, and poppies, which will be available at the Priors Park open day in Tewksbury over the Easter weekend. 

Thats all for now, but we'll be back with more updates in a couple of weeks. 

Thanks,

Ben 

Jo, Duncan and Ben - The Natural Estates Team GWT

 

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