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.

With outline permission from the council, we began work in the Patch in February 2007 by sowing wildflower seeds either side of the path leading from the tarmac area to the Franklin Street gate. This was followed by two weekends in March spent planting out around 500 shrubs to form a hedgerow all along the eastern border together with individual shrub bays at points along the western side. We ran a number of events through 2007, culminating in the creation of our wildlife pond. We can't wait for Spring when we expect the pond to be buzzing with wildlife activity. We're always planning more activities which means more opportunities to help improve things for wildlife in the Patch. Keep checking back to see what's new and what's coming up. If you would like to get involved in our activities, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.