Nature project in full flow
By Laura Nolan | Bury Free Press
Photo: Cllr Paul Hopfensperger with Paul Hebditch, Project Manager of Greener Growth, and Sam Hardy, Director of Greener Growth along with a couple of local children. PICTURE: Mecha Morton.
New features are being added to a woodland project on Bury St Edmunds’ Howard Estate including a wildlife and nature conservation area.
The St Olaves Woodland was given funding by Councillor Paul Hopfensperger, using his locality budget.
Greener Growth, a community based group that helps people better themselves by growing food and transforming outdoor spaces, is leading the project which is designed to help combat social isolation.
A nature trail is being developed by using Cllr Hopfensperger’s locality budget.
Phase one of the development includes a nature trail through the woods, allowing people to walk through the more dense areas of the woodland easily.
Phase two of the project, which began on Monday, is designed to allow wildlife to flourish in the St Olaves Woodland area by introducing bird, bat and hedgehog boxes, an insect hotel, rustic benches and a woodchip pathway.
Cllr Hopfensperger said: “Phase three includes a classroom in the woods for children to learn about nature, the children will come from Tollgate and Howard Primary and have lessons in here.”
Greener Growth already does similar projects in surrounding primary schools, including Howard Primary.
Sam Hardy, director at Greener Growth, said: “We’re hoping this will bring the area to life.”
Also involved in the project is Ernie Broom, chairman of the Howard Estate Association of Residents and Tenants.