Dramatic makeover for city reserve!
Thursday 8th November
Springfield is spruced up!
In just 2 weeks, dozens of groups, many hardworking volunteers and multiple organisations recently spent over 800 hours at Springfield Corner, turning this Local Nature Reserve from an overgrown, enclosed and abused area into an accessible, pretty and safe wildlife area. This makeover is all thanks to Wildlife in the City - our Nottingham project which is all about getting out and about, and discovering the city's parks & green spaces, as well as improving your experience of nature on your doorstep.
The makeover included:
- clearing overgrowth
- spraying weeds to prevent regrowth
- sowing wildflower seeds and planting spring bulbs (all wildlife friendly species!)
- thinning and pruning trees to have healthier and accessible woodland area
- clearing the view to the river
- installation of a new path
- installation of a woodcarving - 'Bob' the frog!
- surveying the adjoining section of the River Leen
- creating a woodland path
- creating vehicle access to the site for future management.
Springfield Corner was covered in brambles and nettles, difficult to enter and the cover allowed for antisocial behavior to take place
The site has been opened up considerably, it is much more accessible, there are features to enjoy, and a variety of healthier wildlife habitats.
The wood carving demonstration, creating a frog near the river, has been a definite highlight of the work achieved.
Other highlights have been enjoying the wildlife using this little corner - 2 rabbits seemingly live on the site, robins have been declaring their territory alongside our work, noises have been a mix of cars and horns on the road contrasted with quacks and squawks from mallards and moorhens on the river. We also had a grey wagtail come and explore the freshly cut wildflower meadow area.
Still to come...
The main clearance and renovation work of Springfield Corner may now be complete, but there are still plans for work to continue over the coming months. This will include:
- a new river dipping/viewing platform,
- a nature trail with accompanying activity sheets,
- bark chipping on the woodland path,
- new information boards about the wildlife of the area.
Nottingham City Council (especially the Parks and Open Spaces team)
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
Volunteers from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and WIldlife in the City
The Conservation Volunteers (TCV)
Martin Jackman Day Centre
Bulwell Community Toy Library
Boots corporate volunteering
Community Pay Back service (Nottingham Probation)
ConSoc (Conservation Society from the University of Nottingham)
Mark Butler Chainsaw Carving