In an English ‘City’ Garden!

I’m delighted to confirm that Nottingham City Women’s Institute has won national funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Pocket Parks programme to restore and rejuvenate the neglected Barker Gate Rest Garden in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter – to create a new pocket park for the city.

Barker Gate Rest Garden is the Creative Quarter’s only open green space and with several thousand people working and living within half a mile of it, there is a real need for a peaceful green oasis in which to rest, reflect, eat and socialise.  (Pictures below of the Rest Garden in its current condition)

Barker Gate Rest Garden (Before)

Members of Nottingham City WI will create defined spaces within the park, including a section dedicated to wild flowers. This area will be allowed to go to seed after flowering, to provide a multitude of feeding and nesting opportunities for wildlife.  The area will also be used to produce nutritious leaf mulch and house a carefully designed insect ‘hotel’, allowing a variety of insects to breed and hibernate.

We will be looking to introduce a planting plan which includes bee-friendly plants to give year-round support to Nottingham’s urban bee population. This will also support Nottingham’s Bee Action Plan, which encourages the introduction of pollinator-friendly plants throughout the city, to create ‘green corridors’ to attract bees and other pollinating insects.

Working closely with the local community, the City WI want to encourage birds into the new pocket park too, by installing a variety of feeding stations and using a carefully-developed planting plan for the existing beds, featuring seasonal flowers and berries.

So grab your gardening gloves and your imagination and let’s get to work, ladies!

~ Manton x

February 2016 Meeting

This month’s meeting (on Wednesday, 10 February) is all about spending less time on hair and make-up, but looking fabulous whenever we feel the need!  We will be joined by a mistress of make-up and a teaser of tresses and learning to create bewitching eyes and stylish and speedy ‘up dos’!

Perhaps we could use our newly discovered free time to make a lovely green heart in your chosen medium – stitchery, beading, paper, knitting or maybe crochet – to wear on Valentine’s Day to show our love for the Climate Coalition?

Support the Climate Coalition

Don’t forget, it’s also time to renew your WI membership – a mere £37.50 for a year of fun and frolics with fabulous friends!  Your membership fees ensure that our group thrives and contribute to the main WI funds, supporting the tremendous lobbying work of our organisation.  If it’s your first visit to the group, there is no charge – just come along and see if it’s for you! 🙂

~ Manton x