Over the summer our intrepid Ecology Group volunteers have been hard at work creating an area at the side of the new Nunckley Trail footpath, which with your help we will be turning into a wildflower meadow!
We have been working closely with Leicestershire County Council as part of their “Plugs For Bugs” and “Stepping Stones” schemes to help develop our meadow initiative. Wildflower meadows play an important role in the eco systems around us. They attract many different types of insects which in turn helps to pollinate crops in nearby fields. The meadow provides a source of food to help boost our wild bee and honey bee populations which have suffered in recent years.
As part of the scheme the council are providing funding for a wide range of bulbs, plug plants and various types of wild flower seeds. They will also be providing a long Willow arch, Willow dome and some rather wonderful “living chairs”! We are very grateful to the County council for their support and guidance with developing our meadow vision. After all the hard work preparing the meadow area it is now time to start the planting!
The next of our very popular Wildlife Warriors sessions will be on Saturday October 12th at 2pm until 3:30. The focus of event will be to plant up the meadow area and also other areas alongside the Nunckley Trail.
Our Wildlife Warriors sessions are FREE to attend and are normally open to children aged 3-11 and their parents. However, following the success of our dry stone walling session back in June, on this occasion we are opening up the event to the entire community, both young and old can come to take part and help to create an ecological boost to the environment around us!
They’ll be free light refreshment thanks to our event sponsors the Mercury Newsagents on Leicester Road, Mountsorrel.
Although the event is free we are raising funds towards the match funding we need to release the rest of the County Council’s grant to buy the willow arch, dome and chairs, so donations on the day will be gratefully received and they’ll also be a homemade cake stall with all proceeds going towards the match funding.
Please download our event flyer and send it to anyone you think who might be interested in coming! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.