The wildlife garden was originally set up in 2000 to provide an area of natural beauty and relaxation. In 2014, after a few fallow years, when the dogwood was allowed the freedom to roam, and with the help of the TCV and a grant from the Bit Lotter Fund Awards 4 All, we managed to start the re-vitalisation of the garden.
More recently FOLP have established a small group to provide ongoing management of the garden. Ongoing maintenance work includes:
Cleaning debris and weed from the ponds;
Mowing pathways to the wood carvings;
Maintaining the wood carvings and features;
Mowing grass around the picnic tables;
Autumn grass cut and raking;
Pruning and coppicing of trees;
Grubbing out excess dogwood and blackthorn;
Fixing the gaps in the hedges and fences; and
Replacing bird boxes and tackling other aspects of vandalism.
We always need more volunteers. The area isn’t particularly large and owing to the seasonal nature of much of the work help isn’t needed on a weekly basis, so we’re not asking for too much of your time. If you like working outdoors in a pleasant environment and are interested in joining a friendly and welcoming group of enthusiasts please contact,
Rick Webb (FOLP Committee member) via the form below.
Latest News and Events
- Success for Longford Park! Categories: Community Allotment | Featured | General | Wildlife Garden.
- GET INVOLVED with the Royal Horticultural Society IT’S YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD AWARDS 2019 Categories: Community Allotment | Featured | General | Wildlife Garden.
- A typical session in the Wildlife Garden Categories: Featured | General | Wildlife Garden.
- Wildlife Garden Annual Report 2017 Categories: Wildlife Garden.
- Wildlife Garden – Thank you to all the volunteers who helped Categories: General | Wildlife Garden.
Posted: November 10, 2019
Longford Park is thriving! That's according to the results of the awards from Britain in Bloom with the RHS. ... more
Posted: May 9, 2019
An exciting opportunity for the whole community.... more
Posted: October 25, 2018
A couple of weeks ago, the volunteer group had another session in the garden, attempting to keep things in order and do some planting.... more
Posted: June 10, 2018
After a few years of benign neglect a volunteer support group was re-established in 2017. The aims are to manage the garden better and add to its existing plants/ features. Along with routine garden maintenance jobs there have been six work party sessions, including one in January 2018.Tasks carried out by the work parties have included Tree pruning. Coppicing hazel trees. Grubbing out excess dogwood and blackthorn Cutting back... more
Posted: April 25, 2017
A big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who turned out for the wildlife garden clean up. Path restoration - new volunteer Steve suggested we use the excess turf to repair bare patches of grass Jackie tried to hide the graffiti with cut-down plants plants Rick planted foxgloves and cowslips Regards Rick... more