Carol Halliday, Residential House Manager at Charlton Court in Prestwich, Manchester started on her eco areas after wondering what could be done to improve the scheme and encourage customers to come out and enjoy the grounds.
In an overgrown area of land which Carol cut back and cleared, she began making a border to define the area using logs and branches left by a felled Ash tree and customers donated appropriate plants that would thrive in a shady woodland area. Two years on and the area now has beautiful small birds and blackbird families visiting and nesting, along with a squirrel who checks out customers flowerpots daily. Even frogs have made the felled tree stump their home.
Carol said: “Customers love to come out and see the transformation of this area and those that live next to it now have a peaceful retreat to just sit and listen or read. It has been named “The Woodland” which I added to a log cutting plaque from one of the Ash branches.”
From Manchester to Brighton
The excitement of biodiversity has now reached all the way down to Brighton where our teams are in the early stages of some great ideas for their estates. Plans are being drawn up to introduce wildflowers and habitats, looking at what plants work best within the area and promote natural areas for pollinators. Our teams in Havant will be contributing to the plans with logs and branches from felled trees in their area which will help to create new homes for various insects.
Preparing for winter
Although we like to see nice, clear tidy grounds, the leaves and twigs around Charlton Court are an integral part of wildlife habitat. So to prepare for the winter months, Carol is sweeping leaves and twigs under shrubs for the birds and hopefully hedgehogs to make their winter nests.
Carol said: “The perennial plants in garden areas are mulched with leaves to protect them over winter so they are ready to start flourishing in spring when the bees start to be active again. I’ve also been trying to find winter flowers which the bees and pollinators enjoy on mild foraging days over winter. Tree bases and roots get mulched too and the leaves which fall are swept around the base for protection and nourishment.”
Find out more
The teams will be sharing updates and photos with us as their projects progress and their estates continue to deliver a great, eco-friendly space for customers and nature alike. Keep an eye out here and on our social media channels for updates.
For now, you can take a look at the gallery below of the fantastic biodiversity work that’s been happening at Charlton Court.
*The term biodiversity refers to all different kinds of life you can find in one area and how they work together to support each other. This includes various animals, plants, fungi, and even things like bacteria.