My Wild Bedminster

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Local residents, schools, businesses and Bristol City Council are working together to create a nature-rich neighbourhood within the area of Bedminster and Southville.

This area has a network of enthusiastic local park groups who have been working with the Council for a number of years to provide new opportunities for people and wildlife within their local parks. Many gardeners also encourage wildlife by planting pollinator-friendly plants and putting up bird feeders, with this work recognised through the local 'Good Front Gardens' Award.

My Wild City is working with residents to connect their wildlife gardens, school grounds and parks with existing wildlife corridors along waterways and railway lines. The corridors will be extended by "joining up" gardens. Whilst each garden may be small, by working together people can provide different wildlife features, such as ponds, trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and bird and bat boxes to collectively create a wildlife haven.

My Wild Bedminster

Bedminster represents one of the most housing-dense areas within the city and therefore its green space is both limited and in high demand. The Bristol garden birdwatch found Bedminster to be one of the least biodiverse areas in Bristol containing some of the lowest variety of wildlife in the city. With so many house with tiny gardens and limited shared community green spaces, how can a neighbourhood partnership are like this make a real difference?

 

Working alongside a network of enthusiastic residents, local park groups and Bristol City Council, My Wild Bedminster is working to provide new opportunities for people and wildlife within the Greater Bedminster area. The project aims to show how residents, school, parks groups and businesses can make small changes to improve green spaces of all size to benefit both wildlife and people.

 

To date here are some of the activities going on in this area:

Residents

My Wild City is encouraging the many gardeners to plant for wildlife by creating habitats, installing bird-feeders and planting pollinator-friendly plants.

The front gardens of Bedminster have massively improved thanks to the 'Good Front Gardens' Award. Launched in 2014, the scheme encourages homeowners to take pride in their front gardens and display the certificated poster in a window. Linking into this scheme, My Wild City is encouraging the many gardeners to plant for wildlife by adding pollinator-friendly plants and putting up bird feeders. If successful we hope to see carpets of beautiful flowers filled with pollinators up and down these concrete streets.

Parks and Green Spaces

Working alongside the environmental sub-group of the Greater Bedminster Neighbourhood Partnership and the council, we’ve been reviewing the design and management of five parks within Bedminster to see how wildlife habitat can be improved or created within these spaces. The plans include reduced mowing to allow areas of long grass to form with native wildflowers, hedgerows planted with native varieties such as hawthorn, hazel and blackthorn, and in some places, the inclusion of ponds.
Teaming up with the councils tree officers, we’ve also been investigating how street tree planting can be targeted to form commuter corridors for bats, birds and insects. With very little habitat between large green spaces, these trees could see these sights reconnected at least at a canopy level allowing flying species the opportunity to move freely between sites.

Schools

We’ve linked in with Compass Point South Street School to see how both their school ground and neighbouring playing field could be improved for wildlife. Some work has already been achieved including bird and bat boxes, an insect hotel and a small patch of native annual wildflower sown last year. Further plans to improve the school have now been agreed and changes have begun to take place on the ground include two 50m2 wildflower patches, two new mini-beast mounds and a brand new forest garden (My Wild School).

 


Have you added a wildlife-friendly feature in your garden in Bedminster, or indeed across Bristol? Tell us about it and we'll add it to the interactive My Wild City map 

Image credit: Steve Nicholls