My Wild Street

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My Wild Street

Avon Wildlife Trust teamed up with leading UK law firm Burges Salmon to create a community project that brings natural wildlife to the doorsteps of an urban street in Easton, as part of the My Wild Street project.

The My Wild Street project has created a wildlife-friendly urban street in Bristol, transforming the front gardens of 30 terraced houses of a typical Bristol street into a haven for nature and people alike.

Nature in the urban environment deals with considerable pressures and Bristol is no exception, especially as it has one of the fastest growing populations in the UK. We hope 'My Wild Street' will show people the opportunities for wildlife, quite literally, on their front doorsteps. 

The houses of Stanley Park in Easton were apporached with the offer of a wildlife garden makeover with 30 houses signing up. Stanley Park provides a wildlife corridor between two neighbouring green spaces, allowing wildlife to move more freely in this inner city area. Avon Wildlife Trust hope this project will inspire other Bristolians to work with their neighbours to create their own wild streets.

 

Video by Burges Salmon.

 

 

The Transformation

Avon Wildlife Trust worked with garden designers Earth Timber Stone to create individual designs for each house, offering a range of natural habitats throughout the street. Planters were introduced built from reclaimed decking and filled with soil from a friendly neighbouring construction company. Green roofs were added to wheelie bins, planters built on walls and pergolas erected for climbing plants. Bug hotels were mounted next to front doors, bird feeders hung from posts and ponds built in front of windows. All aimed at encouraging critters of all shapes and sizes to make these gardens their homes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The project couldn't have worked without leading law firm Burges Salmon, who not only brought along a 100 amazing volunteers, but contributed much of the equipment and plants needed for the wildlife makeover.

The residents of Stanley Park joined in, lending equipment and kept everyone's energy levels topped up with tea, cake and chocolate!

What's Next?

It's over to you... can your street be a Wild Street?

Have you done something amazing for nature on your street? or in your garden? 
Tell us about it and we'll add it to the interactive My Wild City Map.

Any questions? get in touch mywildcity@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk

Read more about the fantastic 2 week transformation in our Wild Blog

Read the press releases: Forget the urban jungle – new project turns a Bristol street into a wildlife haven.

Bristol street turned into wildlife haven in a race against the clock

There was a big buzz on Twitter during the build - check out our Storify