"I was hugely impressed with the designs Lucy created for two areas within the nature reserve at the Parkridge Centre which had become neglected. She fulfilled the Brief and created two fantastic looking wildlife areas; one of which makes exploring our wildlife garden fun and exciting for the families and children that visit us daily. She was organised, prompt in responding and extremely helpful in planning the Schedule of Work required."
Amanda Evans, Volunteer manager, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
The planting is purposefully quite dense. The plants are picked for a long pollination season and for colour from the Easter holidays through to October half term. There is one grass, Deschampsia cespitosa 'Bronze Veil' threaded throughout.This is a modern cultivar of the British native Tufted hair grass, which has been used in thatching and is a caterpillar food for the ringlet and grayling (info from Kew.org). There is a risk of course that it may take over... All the plants chosen are known for their vigour and it is hoped that the resulting competition will be both colourfull and fairly self-sustaining! Existing bramble, nettle and dock were painstakingly removed by volunteers and then the ground covered with cardboard and a new layer of topsoil for six months before planting.