April Meeting

We’re digging deep into our Pocket Park planning for our April meeting, ladies!  Our lovely friends from Maber Architects will be visiting to help us put together our perfect pollinator planting plan and it’ll be all things compostable with Anna from The Urban Worm – time to flex our creative muscles and help Verna Poppy come up with a beautiful design for our very own Urban Worm compost bin for our park!

Bee in lavender

~ Manton x

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