The aim of this garden is to show people how they can create a wildlife friendly garden, where a balance is struck between the interests of the human gardeners and the wildlife they share their garden with. The garden does not look like an untended wilderness where plants that are native thugs such as nettles and brambles struggle with each other to take over. It is a well designed space where its owners can sit and relax and enjoy watching the wildlife that specially provided features have attracted to the garden.
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The Wildlife Friendly Garden was designed by Liza Lishman and Helen Senior and built by volunteers at Twigs from this original plan. Come along to a Twigs Open Day and see if you think we’ve realised the dream - it has even inspired poetry.
It was made possible by the following sponsors:
The pictures below show the construction of the living willow arbour in the wildlife friendly garden. The arbour was originally constructed using the native osier (Salix viminalis) but this proved so vigorous that the it needed pruning at least twice a year. The arbour was then reconstructed using a less vigorous native species (Salix purpurea) as shown in the later pictures and is now proving a much less labour intensive feature.
A very beautiful place, very inspirational and the children loved exploring and playing on the fitness equipment