The British Trust for Ornothology’s National Nest Box Week (14-21 February) has prompted us to add a new bird box in the Community Garden. John O’Leary has skilfully made and put up a lovely box for coal tits and blue tits on the wall near to the greenhouse and I’m sure it will attract some of the feathered friends who are already using our bird feeders. The other nest box, constructed and kindly donated by Colin from the Maun Conservation Group, was put up by Alan on the alder tree in the wild meadow at the front of church last autumn. Keep an eye out for any new visitors to these ‘des res’!
We also have a smart Belfast sink installed in the newly designated wildlife corner beside the shed. Generously donated by Judith and transported by Isobel’s kind (and strong!) neighbour, Mark, this is potentially an ideal residence for any amphibians or insects looking for a watery home! We’re anxiously waiting to see if Sheila’s imaginative seal on the plughole (‘Pringles’ lid and bath sealant) will hold water!
A beautiful Easter garden is being created in the Memorial Garden, ready for contributions of painted stones to pave the way to the Cross. Everyone is invited to decorate a stone with a colour, pattern, words, pictures – anything that they would like to offer or ask forgiveness for at this very special time in the church’s year. We’re really happy that children from Sutton Road School will bring their decorated pebbles during Holy Week.
It’s very exciting that the community garden is already involving so many people in 2018. Who knows what new shoots will surprise us in the year ahead!