Nature project in full flow

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.


Tollgate Primary School

Tollgate Primary School

This won’t make the front pages, simply because Good News doesn’t sell many newspapers. . .

However, at Greener Growth we like to try and provide some balance in life, as we do in nature!

Just after completing the final touches for the Oaks Road Memorial Orchard, and before we start work on the St Olaves Woodland Project, we are continuing our work at Tollgate Primary School, thanks to the Bury St Edmunds Town Council.

We approached the Council in June, to ask for help to finish phase 1 of the wildlife gardens and pond area for their large concrete playground.

The application was completed, Joannah Metcalfe presented (beautifully) to the councillors at the recent meeting at the end of July and we started the work today! Hurrah!

Tollgate Primary School, Bury St. Edmunds | New planters and insect hotels

We know how much the work is appreciated by the parents, the staff, and the pupils at the school. We are very well supported by the teachers Claire Bates and David Morris. We received a lovely postcard from Claire just after they finished the Summer Term.

Hopefully the children will love the new bird feeder, the bird and bat boxes as well as the extra raised beds and seating areas.

Not only will this produce food, they will massively increase the biodiversity on site, as well as covering up some unsightly and unused drains. . .

A great example of the people in Bury St. Edmunds coming together as a community to support each other!

Phase 2 will be in the Autumn, if we can get more funding - watch this (green) space!”