Our project’s aims include “creating and enhancing wildlife habitats, and protecting biodiversity” as well as “involving children in learning to respect nature and the environment”.
With ecologist Rachel Bicker coming on board as a trustee in 2018, we have a great opportunity to explore what lives in the Forest Garden and its surroundings which helps to influence our planting and how we manage the site to encourage the best mix of plants and wildlife. Different aspects of biodiversity form a large part of our day-to-day activities and our education programme.
With so much pressure from local development, it’s more and more important to protect what we still have. We encourage local people to come and learn about what we’re doing and how to make their own gardens more wildlife friendly, as well as other green spaces like school grounds, parks and allotments.
Thanks to our campaign, Queensdown Woods, directly behind the allotments, is now in the South Downs National Park. We have drawn up a Management Plan (2009), which includes involving pupils in learning about coppicing and woodland management.
We invite local people to get involved in wildlife surveys through regular events, ongoing observation and surveys, with experts on hand to share their wildlife wisdom and help us to learn about our environment.