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Conservation

At the core of our initiative lies a deep commitment to conservation. From our allotments to community gardens and forest schools, we aim to cultivate a sense of environmental stewardship. By nurturing green spaces and engaging in hands-on learning, we strive to instill a love for nature and a desire to protect it for future generations. Our efforts in conservation not only benefit the local ecosystem but also foster a strong sense of community and connection to the natural world.

We believe in the transformative power of nature, education, and community to positively impact the lives of individuals and the environment.

Our Mission

Caring for Crane Brook

We have implemented measures to protect the great crested newt habitat and enhance water quality in Crane Brook. This includes removing litter and pollutants, restoring vegetation along the banks, and creating buffer zones to prevent runoff into the water. By actively managing the habitat and monitoring water quality, we ensure the well-being of the great crested newts.

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Hedgerow Restoration

With the help of our supporter Hedges Direct we  have successfully restored over five-hundred meters of native Hawthorn field boundaries. Our efforts have created wildlife corridors and mammal habitat, providing a safe haven for various species. We remain committed to preserving and protecting our natural environment for future generations and aim to restore an additional 200 meters this year.

Habitat Creation

We have dedicated land to create habitat for key pollinators such as the internationally important and  protected solitary mining bee. We have planted a diverse range of native flowering plants that provide nectar and pollen throughout their active season. We have also created nesting sites by leaving patches of bare ground and installing artificial nesting.

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Our Commitment

At Wharfside Park, our environmental and ecological commitment extends deeply into the fabric of our ethos and operations, particularly concerning the designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) land and the internationally protected solitary mining bee population that call our site home. We understand the immense ecological significance of these areas and view ourselves as custodians entrusted with their protection and preservation. Our approach involves a multifaceted strategy that combines conservation, education, and sustainable land management practices. We work closely with Natural England, local authorities, and experts to develop and implement comprehensive conservation plans tailored to the unique needs of these habitats and species. Through ongoing monitoring, habitat restoration, and wildlife-friendly practices, we strive to enhance biodiversity and ensure the long-term viability of these crucial ecosystems.

Our commitment also extends to the wild deer herd that inhabits our grounds. Our approach includes habitat restoration initiatives, the promotion of natural foraging behaviors, and the implementation of measures to mitigate human-wildlife conflicts.

In addition to our conservation efforts, we place a strong emphasis on environmental education and outreach. Through immersive educational programs, guided nature walks, and hands-on workshops, we strive to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world among our visitors, particularly the younger generation. By instilling a sense of stewardship and responsibility for the environment, we empower individuals to become advocates for conservation and agents of positive change in their communities.

Overall, our commitment to environmental and ecological sustainability lies at the heart of everything we do at Wharfside Park. By embracing a holistic approach that integrates conservation, education, and community engagement, we aim to create a future where nature thrives, biodiversity flourishes, and people live in harmony with the natural world.

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