The wildlife group was established to improve the Patch for wildlife. Our aim is to increase the diversity of plant, insect, bird and animal life not only in the park but in the surrounding gardens as well.
The group was formed in September 2005 and drew up draft proposals primarily to introduce a greater diverity of planting, in the form of wild flowers, shrubs and trees, aimed at attracting more wildlife into the Patch. Other proposals included making and erecting bird boxes in the trees in the Patch, the creation of a pond, a raised flower bed for children to become involved in growing plants and a compost bin to compost organic materials from the Patch. We also proposed more wildlife-friendly management and maintenance of the Patch by the council in terms of its mowing and pesticide policy. Read more about our proposals.
The group consulted widely with local residents throughout 2006 by distributing leaflets, through information stalls exhibiting the plans at the three Patch events during the year and by holding a guided walk in the Patch in July. The proposals were greeted with general enthusiasm and we successfully applied for funds from the Lottery's Awards for All fund and the city council's Environmental Sustainability Grant and submitted the final plans to the council in December 2006.