Sowing of wild flower seeds, planting herbs and wildflowers in the plot prepared in the early years area of the school play area, was carried out on Monday despite the rain and cold. All the children in the early years and nursery had a go sowing the seeds and planting the herbs and pre grown wildflowers. Some of the children were already quite knowledgeable about worms and plants! Herbs have been planted for their smell and taste. Wildflowers will hopefully attract insects, butterflies and seedheads will be food for birds. The first ones will be in flower soon- cowslips! The greenhouse is now also being used – flower seeds have germinated, and potatoes chitted. When the weather warms up they will all be planted out. The project is a joint project between the school, Tattenhall Gardening Society, Transition Tattenhall, and helped by a grant from the Parish Council, and donations from T&G, and the PTFA. Thanks go to all those who have contributed. FacebookTweetEmail
A successful afternoon was held on Sunday June 26th, there were 14 private gardens and public spaces open to view. They were all different, some had been in place for many years so were established wildflower areas, others had been started in the last few years and some just this year. Some are perennial wildflowers others annuals which need to be sown every year. The Spinney and Frog Lane areas are being developed as part of CWAC’s biodiversity plan. These areas were only prepared and sown fairly late in the season so may look better in a month or so. Included in the trail was Glebe Meadow originally registered as a Site of Biological Importance (SBI) in Cheshire and is an important Local Wildlife Site (LWS); the largest meadow in our village. Previous botanical survey data submitted to CWaC and Cheshire Wildlife Trust, confirm a species-rich habitat, including the following: 23 species of grass 20 species of wildflowers Small Skipper Butterflies (uncommon in Cheshire) and a number of other declining species such as Orange-tip, Small Tortoiseshell and Meadow Brown A host of invertebrates An inventory of a small area of mini meadow outside Tattenhall Hall registered 28 different flowering species (this area has been planted up with early flowering species like snowdrops, wild daffodils, primroses and cowslips, which were not in evidence at the weekend). However on both sites an unusual butterfly was seen, a Ringlet butterfly – it feeds on grass! Some gardens had just left areas of lawn to grow longer – Tattenhall was clearly a wildflower rich area before the houses were built – one particular lawn had a little fine grass but lots of lovely purple self heal, black medick with little yellow flowers and clover – a real picture. It was noted that unlike areas of mown grass which had turned yellow with the drought these areas were still green and flourishing – wildflowers like clover have much deeper roots than grass so will survive better in periods of little rain. The plan is to make this an annual event, to highlight the delights of growing wildflowers, but also reducing mowing (and in times of high petrol prices this makes more sense). The benefits for wildlife are evident – more insects mean more birds and animals. If you want to be part of this project but need advice you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org we can do a site visit to see what your individual needs are. FacebookTweetEmail
Come and join us this Sunday 26th June for a walk around the village to see the wonderful wildflower meadows that have been growing in Tattenhall as part of our Mini Meadows project. The trail will be open from 2 – 4:30pm and guides will be available on the day on the High Street, Covert Rise and Tattenhall Road. Remember to take lots of photographs as there is a class at the Annual Village Show in September for the best photograph of wildlife in Tattenhall Parish. We are sponsoring this class and the mini-meadows trail should give you lots of opportunities to photograph our local wildlife. You can find out more about our mini-meadows project here. FacebookTweetEmail
Transition Tattenhall’s Response to the Glebe Meadow Consultation. Transition Tattenhall have submitted a formal response to the Tattenhall Parish Council’s consultation on the future of Glebe Meadow. You can read our response below, as well as the powerful response submitted from local biodiversity expect Chloe Aldridge.
Glebe Meadow. Glebe Meadow can be found on the Chester Road opposite the primary school playing fields. It is a registered Local Wildlife Site, designated by Cheshire Wildlife Trust, and listed as ‘unimproved grassland’. Unimproved grassland is extremely rare in Cheshire and lowland Britain.
Mini Meadows. We are running a Mini Meadows project to promote wildflowers in Tattenhall. We hope to encourage people to either leave a small patch of their lawns to see what grows, dig over a patch and sow wildflower seeds, or even just sow wildflower seeds in a pot.
Biodiversity and Rewinding. Biodiversity, a term coined in 1985 as a contraction of “biological diversity”, quite simply refers to the incredible variety of life on Earth – every living thing on the planet. Biodiversity impacts each of our lives in many ways from providing us with food to medical discoveries and ecosystem services. These ecosystem services include everything from cleaning water and absorbing chemicals to providing oxygen for us to breathe and pollinating the plants that provide our food. Biodiversity also provides beauty and cultural value to our lives which has repeatedly been shown to increase mental well-being.