Wild About Warnham Latest News – ‘Greening’ the Village Green
As part of the Wild About Warnham project, the Parish Council are asking for feedback from residents on some ideas for ‘Greening the Village Green’. The Village Green is owned by the parish and therefore it is vital that any changes to its appearance and function are approved by residents.
What is planned?
As an initial trial the parish council would like to leave the grass to grow long in limited areas around the edge of the green. This will allow the wildflowers already in the soil to establish and create a nectar source for wildlife. The areas where the grass will be left long will be clearly defined by our grass cutting contractors. The proposed areas are marked on this map. Some of the wildflower areas will also be planted with primrose plug plants and crocus bulbs. The wildflower areas will be cut back in late summer. Most of the village green would continue to be managed as usual and will look the same.
A stumpery feature made of logs is suggested for the south side of the green. A Stumpery provides food and shelter for a huge number of invertebrates, including wood-boring beetles, solitary bees and woodlice.
The planting of alder buckthorn shrubs for a small area on the north side of the green is proposed, as this is the main food plant of the brimstone butterfly and the flowers and fruit are valuable for bees and birds.
When will this be implemented?
Depending on the feedback from residents, we hope to implement some changes in Spring 2021. As a trial in the first year, this could be planting snowdrops and establishing wildflower areas on certain parts of the green.
We are really keen to hear your thoughts on these proposals. Please complete the questionnaire at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5PGZKPC by Friday 27th November.
Wild About Warnham
A new project, WILD ABOUT WARNHAM, is being developed to raise awareness of environmental issues and suggest ways in which we can all take action to reverse biodiversity loss and help prevent further environmental damage at a local (parish) level.
Acting alone, we cannot reverse biodiversity loss or halt global climate change, but we can take steps at a local level to rebuild biodiversity in the Parish by improving, restoring and increasing habitats for wildlife.
What can you do to help?
Introduce plants, shrubs and trees in your garden that butterflies and insects love
Butterflies and other insects have quite specific feeding requirements! The caterpillars of most butterfly species feed on just a few food plants, indeed some are so specialised, they will only feed on a single species of plant, shrub or tree. To attract more butterflies into your garden why not try planting some of their caterpillars’ preferred food plants! A complete list of caterpillar food plants is available to download here.
If you are thinking of planting a tree in your garden, why not select a tree that provides a good source of nectar or pollen for bees, butterflies and other insects, or which produces fruit or berries for birds in the colder months of the year. A list of trees that will encourage wildlife into your garden can be downloaded here. Most of the trees that are listed are suitable for smaller gardens or can be grown as shrubs or as a large bush. Many of them also have beautiful blossom in the Spring!
Keep up to date with the project via Twitter
A Wild about Warnham Twitter page has been set up called @WildWarnham. The Twitter page will include all the latest news about the project, local sightings, lockdown wildlife projects and other items of interest. Sign up now and get involved!