At Trust Links, we offer an abundance of therapeutic gardening opportunities and we are thrilled to have completed another successful wildlife garden development that will support local birdlife as well as further develop Growing Together Westcliff, a place many of our members call a ‘safe haven’.
The Bird and Bats project, generously funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, ran for 12 weeks and gave our members and volunteers an opportunity to develop their learning, gain new skills, and enjoy being part of important wildlife conservation, and the attendees were recently commended for their efforts.
Early preparation involved clearing the area, getting the ground ready for development, and introducing wildlife friendly aspects. A bird feeding station was one of the first things to be introduced followed by a number insect hotels and bee posts which attracts a range of solitary bees.
Rick Olver, Course Leader said "with many bird and insect species being affected by changes to their habitat, we felt it would be a great opportunity to provide a welcoming environment together with showcasing good practice in developing spaces to attract birds and other wildlife”
At Trust Links we are an accredited training centre, and we offer a range of learning opportunities from educational workshops like this, right through to accredited professional qualifications, and we offer an exciting twist on traditional academic methods. Attendees on the Birds and Bats workshops gained a range of new skills, spent time learning to identify plant species, bird identification, and horticultural skills such as ground preparation and plant selection, and thoroughly enjoyed the course.
One participant commented "I have far more knowledge of birds and plants” and Course Leader Rick explained "Learning is such a great way to boost confidence and improve wellness, in fact, it is one of the five ways to wellbeing. This workshop gave participants a chance to apply practical learning in a meaningful way and further develop Growing Together Westcliff, attracting more wildlife, and supporting the conservation of local bird and bat species.”
The redesigned garden area has been a great hit with staff and members, and we are inviting guests to join us to take a look at our Open Day on Saturday 20th July wherethey can enjoy the grounds, as well as purchase plants and vegetables grown on site. Lunch will be available as well as live music from local musician, John Smith, and guests can enjoy seed planting too.
For more information about the Trust Links Open Day call 01702 213134 or visit www.trustlinks.org/events.