The Mayor of Stockton, Cllr Eileen Johnson, cut the green ribbon to open the new Wildlife Garden at Roseworth Library on Friday 3rd August. The garden is a partnership project of the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust and Stockton Libraries.
The Wildlife Trust helped the Roseworth Residents Association apply for funding for the garden to the Tesco Bags of Help Fund. It was shortlisted and Tesco customers were able to vote for their favourite local initiative. Roseworth residents demonstrated their support by making special trips to Tesco to vote and, as a result, the garden project was awarded the second prize of £2,000. Additional funds were received from the Roseworth Big Local and Heritage Lottery Fund. Stockton Libraries contributed by increasing the security of the garden and purchasing planters.
With the funding an attractive outdoor reading space has been created where library users can read and enjoy when visiting the library that is also beneficial to wildlife.
Creating the garden
Wildlife mosaics were designed and created by members of the Roseworth Library Friends group under the direction of community Artist Bub Bacon. The four mosaic panels took several Friday afternoons for the group members to make and depict butterflies and dragonflies, flowers and a hedgehog.
Revamped benches and fencing – Young people from the Big Local Youth club, run by Iron Guidance, contributed their creative skills by pa transforming a picnic table and bench with their own designs. Ladies from the Friday Friends joined the Wildlife Trust and Library staff to give the remaining benches and the fencing a facelift, choosing very vibrant colours!
“Bugingham Palace”- is the five star insect hotel that was designed and built by Teesside woodsman Keith Ferry. The hotel will provide a habitat for mini-beasts and is a demonstration that wildlife gardening can be attractive and artistic too.
Wildlife friendly planters – these have been planted by Catherine Howell of Barefoot Bellis, with plants that are rich in nectar and pollen for bees, butterflies and other insects. Climbing plants have also been planted to create height and food for insects and birds
Caring for birds – in the autumn we will be adding more bird nesting boxes and bird feeders that will enable visitors to the library to watch garden birds, especially during winter.
At the event, Wildlife Trust Chairman, John Dear, expressed how important wildlife gardens like this and green spaces in towns were for people as well as wildlife; as places to relax and connect with nature.
The Tees Valley Willdlife Trust would like to thank all the great groups and people who helped transform the Roseworth Library Garden.
- Stockton Library staff, especially Librarians Debbie and Nicola
- The Friday Friends (mosaics and painting)
- Roseworth Residents Association (grant application)
- Tesco (funding and the afternoon tea at opening)
- Roseworth Big Local (funding)
- Iron Guidance Roseworth Big Local Youth Club (bench and picnic table designs and painting)
- Keith Ferry of Woodland Connections (woodsman)
- Bub Bacon (community artist)
- Nigel Dobbyn (painted the animal foot prints)
- Catherine Howell- Barefoot Bellis (plants)
And finally a big thank you to Ward Councillors Jim Beall and Barbara Inman, for their enthusiastic support of the work of the Wildlife Trust in their ward.
Photographs by kind permission of Stockton Borough Council