A brand new Butterfly Garden has been planted, and will be cared for, by the young members of the Far Ings Wildlife Watch group. It features a range of butterfly and bee attracting 'nectar rich' plants, a butterfly house and wall plaques.
Emma Wilmot, Senior Education & Communities Officer at Far Ings said: "the garden will enhance the Education areas of the nature reserve, provide a valuable feeding habitat for adult butterflies and caterpillars and a focal point for the entrance to the building."
The Butterfly Garden has been kindly funded by a Lincolnshire Co-operative Community Dividend Grant. Giving donations and support to good causes is one of the ways Lincolnshire Co-op shares its profits and every couple of months those who sit on the Member Services Council are asked to make decisions on grant applications.
Membership and Community Manager Sam Turner said: "We are delighted to be supporting Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust in their latest venture to create a butterfly garden. Its a great way to get children involved with nature and hopefully the Far Ings Wildlife Watch group will welcome many different butterflies into the garden."
The Lincolnshire Co-op grant provided monies for hard landscaping (supplied by Fleetgate Glass), planting and an interpretation panel designed by a local company (MD Signs). Topsoil has been donated by Keigar Homes. Brigg Garden Centre have provided many of the plants with a special discount and other plants have been donated by local wildlife enthusiasts and the Far Ings Art Group.
Photo: Orange tip butterfly (Les Binns)