Initial designs for the Discovery Centre’s new Community Wildlife Garden have been released to support future funding applications.
The Community Wildlife Garden, which will be created immediately next to the new Centre, will form an important part of the Project’s programme to engage visitors in the wild plants and creatures that make up the special qualities of the Nature Reserve.
Features will include:
- An outdoor Education Amphitheatre for school groups or meetings and talks for local societies
- A ramped walkway providing easy access for visitors and the disabled to and from the Centre’s café
- Planters with examples of the Reserve’s rare and endangered plant species
- Seating with benches, chairs and tables
- Totems explaining the features of the plants
- Bicycle racks to promote more sustainable ways of visiting the Reserve
- Nooks and crannies to support insects and other creatures found on the Reserve
The Garden is designed to become an important asset not only for the community to enjoy but to help create also. Volunteers will be provided with guidance, tools and equipment to identify, sow and cultivate suitable plants, assist with the Garden’s creation with construction and planting, and then look after it over time as the plants develop and grow.