There has been rather a lot of activity in St Ann’s recently and I believe that some of the pruning that has taken place has been alarming to some of our regular visitors. Firstly I would like to reassure you that this will not be of consequence to our birdie visitors. The cutting of trees and shrubs has been done with extreme care and of course without effecting the nesting season. The gardeners that work at St Ann’s are avid wildlife fans and always work with this in mind. The pruning that has taken place has happened for a number of reasons. Winter is the time of year for most shrubs to be pruned. All dead, damaged and diseased stems are removed and some shrubs are cut right back to promote new growth. This creates a more dense effect and in turn brings about a better future environment for wildlife.There has been a lot of work/cutting, specifically around the sensory garden. This work has taken place not only to maintain the health of the existing shrubs but to bring light to the flower border and to encourage visitors to recognise that this flower bed is not a through way to the Sensory Garden.The flowers planted in this area will in turn create a haven for bugs and a great future feast for the birds.
The loss of some tree/shrub cover in this area will not affect the birds; they are able to find many other places in the park to hide/nest, such as the conservation area.
It is pleasing to note that St Ann’s has proportionately a larger area devoted solely to wildlife and conservation than any other Brighton and Hove park. The recent work done in the wildlife area was to remove damaged shrubs and allow space for a number of hazel stools that have been ordered to create a native understory for the standards that have been left. This will provide a better future habitat for all concerned. The recent increase of the wildlife area will also provide more undisturbed areas for the birds.
The park is managed with many peoples’ needs and desires in mind, including our feathered friends, this is a balance that we try our best to maintain.