36 villagers walked with bat listening devices & 3 professional leaders. We enjoyed home made bat biscuits & hot chocolate, with an opportunity to buy some small bat related toys. A real inter generational whole community event.
Cil y Coed Consultation
Wales & West Housing were planning to create 2 open spaces on their building site in Henllan. Henllan Conservation Group contacted the Housing Association to request the planting be conservation friendly i.e. not a mono culture. HCG were asked to supply a garden design & we were very fortunate to have no cost help from Jan Miller of Butterfly Conservation & Iwan Edwards of North Wales Wildlife Trust to complete the design and costings for a butterfly garden in order to attract funding. A sensory garden with raised beds was also designed as a therapeutic resource for the residents with additional needs.
Wales & West were successful in attracting substantial grants for these gardens, with matched funding from W&W themselves.
There will be free public workshops later in the year to build a bug hotel, do a bug count, children & residents will be invited to enter a ‘make a mini scarecrow’ competition to protect the wildflower seeds when sown, there will be a launch event with BBQ & Teddy Bears’ picnic.
Institute Bee Garden
Henllan Conservation Group have continued to support this since Eleri took the lead. We have supplied seeds through a Keep Wales Tidy grant which Anne kindly brought on in her green house & supplied as plants to the garden. Fiona is also very supportive, supplying plants often. The band of volunteers are always happy to muck in with a weeding / planting event. It has been lovely to see so many children involved in the Bee Garden – the Conservationists of the future, as the garden land will still be there when we are all long gone! The children’s monthly craft & activity group help with the watering.
HCG funded the water butts, stands & fittings, some tools & the first delivery of limestone grit.
Since the HCG funds have dwindled, Eleri & Veronica have organised a separate fund raising event for the Bee Garden. This has paid for the 2nd delivery of limestone grit, the signage & plant labels, with a little left over for future Bee Garden Needs. The Bee Garden is now self sufficient.
Church Flower beds
HCG have supported the flower beds with seeds & plants sourced via the Bee Co-Operational Project & Keep Wales Tidy grants. Anne has responsibility for 1 flower bed & a public event saw 8 of us work on 2 further flower beds and plant a small patch of flowering lawn as a demonstration of what can be done within a lawn. This can be mown at 2” to keep a tidier look.
A Keep Wales Tidy grant allowed a working party to plant a variety of nectar rich bulbs last autumn. We are very grateful to Joyce for all her careful strimming. The management of the grass has left a thick hatch such that not all the bulbs were able to show through in the spring. We are participants this year in the Denbighshire Living Church Yard Project, which will see this habitat scythed & the grass removed. See separate report by Amy. Bird boxes, bat boxes, compost heap are also in the plans. We need only to contribute time – time sheets must be completed.
Bee Garden & Churchyard boards are due to be erected by the end of July.A dedication / unveiling event is planned, with afternoon tea. Date to be confirmed after celebrity is appointed! A grant has been approved by Cadwyn Clwyd, & 30% matched funding has been found. A PR company is helping.