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Encouraging Wildlife in the Sensory Garden - Email Enquiry

By faringdonsensorygarden, Jul 10 2016 05:21PM

Evening all,

We've received the below email enquiring about wildlife in the garden. I hope you find my response informative. Really excited to be encouraging native species to the garden, especially wrens!

On 8 Jul 2016, at 22:22, Williamxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

This is not an objection, i do not object to your plan, However i do request that you consider the Wild life, i see the present rough area as a Wild life haven, I see Wren’s in the Hedge along the Hobble Path and I have seen Hedge Hogs late evening when I have walked along the Hobble path on my way to Pub.

I do not expect the Rough ground that used to be allotments on the other side of the hobble path to stay like that for ever. The Wild life needs a helping hand. Do you intend to keep the Hedge which runs alongside the Hobble path ? its not clear what will happen to this hedge on your plan.

Good Luck with your project.


From: Mel Lane <>

Date: 9 July 2016 at 10:27:05 BST

To: William xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Subject: Re: Wild Life.

Good morning Bill

Our plan very much considers the local wildlife and we fully intend to encourage as much as we can by including hedgehog houses, bat boxes, bird boxes etc. in multiple locations. We have discussed this a few times on the garden Facebook pages. If you are on Facebook, you'll find the page at

To give you a high level view, apart from that above...

1. There will be rough, meadow type swathes down two of the sides to encourage moths, mice etc. This will be mown once or twice a year only and will have bulbs and wildflower planting

2. Strong consideration will be given to the encouragement of bees and butterflies given their decline with planting appropriate plants

3. There are some large poplar trees on the Park Road side which are out of scope of our project. We've been advised these have resident bats too

4. The Town Council will remain, as it is now, the responsible owner for the hedge on the Hobble path you mentioned. We would like to work with them to tidy the Hobble up but our intention is very much to retain as much as is practical of the hedge for several reasons; aside from the existing wildlife, the bramble is a natural security fence!

5. Bird baths have been planned in several areas around the garden and several nut trees are envisaged in the taste section, specifically to encourage squirrels, mice, etc.

So, with you, we're seeking to try to create a haven for wildlife as well as humans and we will ensure that our work reflects that. It would be false for me to say that there will be no upheaval for wildlife, especially when we're clearing the site but what we build will certainly encourage them in future, especially with the safe boxes etc. As with anything, there is a period of short term pain for long term gain but it is essential if we are to reclaim this site for those people in our community who would most benefit. I'm also convinced that encouraging wildlife is pretty essential for enhancing the formal beauty of the garden. Who could imagine (or want to) a honeysuckle without bees or butterflies?

Thank you for your note and your support, Bill. It's important we're asked these questions because I'm pretty sure others will be thinking the same. I'll post it onto the blog page of our website so more people can see my response too.

I hope this answers your concerns but please feel free to hold me to account on this over the next two years.

Stay in touch

Best wishes

Mel Lane

Project Manager

Sent from my iPad

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