........It’s All About the Birds and the Bees......!
The news from St Ann’s Well Gardens July ‘09
We have been having a fantastic time in the park since our birthday celebrations in May. With thanks to all of the public for their support throughout the year and of course the hard work from the Friends of St Ann’s, we have just been awarded our 12thGreen Flag Award!! We are all very pleased indeed! It is lovely to know that you can all continue to be proud of your local city park.
We have been lucky enough to have many birds and their newly fledged young in and around the yard including....goldfinches, blackbirds (x lots), blue tits, gold crests, robins, jays, crows, wrens, thrushes, magpies......!
A Beehivehas now taken up residence in our yard. It is home to approximately 2000 bees that will travel as far as 5 miles to get to their favourite flowers!!
Our Flower beds are looking lovely...we are very thankful for all of the sunshine and the bucketfuls of rain we have had.
As you may have noticed the warmer weather has attracted more visitors to the gardens......sadly this sometimes leads to vandalism and damage. We have the obvious damage such as tagging, graffiti and flower trampling and also excessive BBQ damage! If you must use disposable barbecues PLEASE place them on a hard surface (drain covers/bricks etc - obtainable from our attendants)! Burnt grass does not recover quickly and isn’t at home in a Green Flag park!
St Ann’s Well Gardens now needs your help over the next year to achieve the 13th Green Flag award!! We aim to make improvements and prevent damage to the park. In the future you will see some changes....including the extension of the conservation area and the updating of the childrens' play park. We would also like to restore the Sensory Garden to its ‘former glory’. We need to remember that this area is for contemplation and reflection and is also widely used by our blind and partially sighted community. We don’t really condone the use of this area for parties and large gatherings. Neither do we condone the use of the flower/shrub borders as a play area. We will not be able to grow new plants if they are getting trampled!
Thank you again for helping to keep our park tidy and clean. Please remember to take you rubbish home whenever possible or place it firmly in our many litter and recycling bins.
A Happy and Joyous summer to you all from Karen and the St Ann’s gardeners x
’s play park. We would also like to restore the Sensory Garden to its ‘former glory’. We need to remember that