In a bid to help reverse the national decline in pollinators and other wildlife the Parish Council are launching “Wild about Goostrey”; a scheme for us all to join in with – where we can all make a difference (even on the smallest plot) by creating a wildlife-friendly habitat to attract bees, butterflies, bats, owls and the much-loved hedgehog.
It’s not a competition, is free to enter, and has been inspired by the RHS and Wildlife Trusts’ “Wild about Gardens” initiative together with the Parish Council’s resolve to make Goostrey an even more attractive and biodiverse village, in the face of the threat of climate change.
Join in! Everyone who pledges to take part in the project will receive a bronze, silver or gold award, in the form of a plaque to display, once they have undertaken a simple scheme to encourage more wildlife into their garden.
The Parish Council will have a stand at Saturday’s Goostrey Rose Festival, where pledges can be made, with details of the awards along with practical wildlife gardening resources. If you are interested in joining in being ‘Wild about Goostrey’ email Councillor Paul Morgan at email@example.com with your contact details and pledge.
These are the three categories that would be awarded after the simple measures to improve habitat have been inspected:
BRONZE award (one or more of the following): Erect a standard nest box or bee box, plant nectar-rich flowers/ shrubs, plant a native tree, leave a patch of grass unmown from March to September, create a wood pile.
SILVER (one or more of the following) Create a pond, plant a native hedge, erect a bat box or owl box, dispense with slug pellets and weed killer, create local freedom of movement and housing for hedgehogs.
GOLD (one or more of the following) Do five or more of the bronze and silver projects, manage a lawn or paddock as a meadow for butterflies and ground-nesting birds, plant 10+ native trees or manage a wood for wildlife.