In 2016 we experimented with a small tern raft and attracted a nesting pair which successfully fledged 2 chicks. This inspired us to try a larger platform. Britvic very kindly supplied us with the pallets and barrels needed to make the raft.
Gardener, John, and Wildlife warden, Tabs, launched the raft in March and we are delighted to announce we have 6 pairs nesting!
Tern around the broad…..
Pound a plank
We have embarked upon a rather ambitious 120-metre path renewal project in the West Garden, and are hoping it can be completed by the end of July.
So far £5,000 has been raised through Gift Aid donations from the garden entry charge, collection boxes and a second hand book stall, towards the £12,000 scheme on the main bridge path. The scheme will improve access by adding two passing bays for mobility scooters and visitors in wheelchairs. The passing bays will also include benches so visitors can rest and enjoy the sights and sounds of the garden, including the candelabra primulas in May and yellow flag iris, marsh marigold and massed wild flowers from June onwards.
Some 800 planks will eventually cover the length of the main bridge path, with its six bridges. The planks are being set on top of telegraph poles to raise the level and protect the path from winter floods. The candelabra primula beds, running beside the path, are also being raised to give the plants similar protection and support the annual regeneration and growth of new plants from seed.
The project has been designed by our Gardener, John and is being implemented by John and garden apprentice Michael.
Donations of gardening books are very welcome for the second hand book stall, which is in Fairhaven’s Kingfisher Tearoom.