Author: Tara Higgs

The Parkland Project is looking for Volunteers!

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who want to get involved with the Parkland Project. You will be helping to enhance the habitats for wildlife and people by carrying out practical conservation that will make a big difference as well as learn new skills and meet new people!

When?

Taster sessions this June: Thursday 17th & 24th 10:30am – 12:00pm – Booking Essential!

What we will be doing:

We need your help to carry out important work on this parkland, conserving, enhancing and restoring the natural heritage features.

Tasks will include woodland, wetland and grassland management, removal of invasive non-native species, wildlife surveying, access improvements and litter picking.

Why get involved?

Be part of a small, friendly team of like minded people.

Free outdoor gym!

You’ll get a chance to really explore this wild and beautiful green space, learn more about this Parkland and really get your hands dirty!

You will learn about wildlife conservation and habitat management and you’ll also have the opportunity to train in and share skills and techniques.

This is a chance to make a genuine contribution to wildlife and habitat conservation and have a real impact on this local park.

The Skills/Talents You’ll Need:

Enthusiasm and an interest in conservation are great.

No specialist skills are required though some level of fitness and a desire of work outside (in all weather) is important.

Tools are provided but please bring some gloves, snacks and drinks to keep you fueled up!

What to learn more and book on?

Contact us by email: CastleBromParklandInfo@gmail.com

 

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Tree ‘Popping’ in the Parkland

We were busy Tree ‘popping’ with our LYRiC (Love your River Cole) trainees in the  Parkland last week.

It was both a training exercise showing them how the tool worked as well as what could be achieved with it, as well as a chance to do some much needed woodland work.

I borrowed the Tree Popping tools from Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, one of our project partners, which we put to good use removing some of the many Horse chestnut and Sycamore saplings that are springing up as well as some of the Holly.

Fortune was on our side as all the recent rain ensured the ground was soft resulting in even very tall (7ft) saplings coming out with their roots intact. 

We created two ‘dead’ hedges with the removed saplings and brash which creates a nice habitat for wildlife and a tidy boundary between areas.

We cleared a good sized area between our historic ‘Avenue of Trees‘ which just starts to hint at how the avenue will look once we have opened up this section.

If you are interested to learning more and would like to get involved please get in touch – we would love to hear from you!

Email us on: CastleBromParklandInfo@gmail.com  – Your friendly Parkland Team: Tara, Ann & Oliver.

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Peter O'Connor aka anemoneprojectors from Stevenage, United Kingdom, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Wildflower Meadow Bank

We have been busy creating a Wildflower Meadow Bank in the Parkland!

The Parkland Team carefully prepared the soil by raking and removing any woody debris.

Then last week we scattered a mix of native grasses and wildflowers over this.

Lucky for us it has been a wet few weeks so the ground and conditions are perfect for sowing and growing new seeds!

Fingers crossed that over the next few weeks we will start to see shoots appear as they seeds grow.

This will be a real delight for pollinating insects who rely on wildflowers to survive. What can we expect to see?

Some of the Wildflowers:

CornCockle, CornFlower, Corn Marigold,

Corn Poppy, Ox-Eye Daisy, Red Campion,

White Campion &  Yarrow

as well as these low competition grasses: Meadow Fescue, Smooth Staked Meadow Grass, Crested Dogstail, Sheeps Fescue, Creeping Red Fescue

 

The plants should start flowering from around the end of July, depending on growing conditions such as warmth and rain. Flowering should continue until about the beginning of November subject to early frosts.

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Getting to know the Parkland

This 12 hectare greenspace is an oasis of calm and tranquility in an otherwise densely built up area. A short stroll into the Parkland and you instantly start to relax and breath more easily, you are surrounded by tall grasses, brambles, trees and wildflowers getting ready to bloom. The site is made up of a mosaic of different habitats from the wild lower Marshlands to the higher grasslands and young developing woodland. The Parkland is classed as a Local Wildlife Site (LWS) and also has historic significance with a Grade II* listing from Historic England.

The Parkland has largely been left unmanaged since the estate was sold in 1969 with little work been done and so it now feels a bit neglected and quite wild. We plan to carry out a number of habitat improvements to enhance the site for wildlife and improve the experience for its visitors. 

Nuthatch (photo by Neil Aldridge)

 

 

We are busy getting to know the Parkland and would love to hear from you. We want to know what wildlife you see here.

Do you regularly admire the birds? Have you seen any owls?

Caught a glimpse of a fox or badger? We would love to know!

Please get in touch and send us your stories and pictures.

 

 

Do you remember what the Parkland used to be like in the past?

Did you play here as a child or have your grandparents told you stories about the park?

Maybe they would go hunting for horse chestnuts or picnics on the grassland?

Do they remember what the Avenue of Trees looked like before it became wild? Or have stories about the ponds?

 

 

 

I look forward to hearing from you all soon!

Email us at : CastleBromParklandInfo@gmail.com

 

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