Positive Lympstone

WAL at the Garden Festival

May 21, 2024

We are thrilled that Lympstone is holding a Garden Festival this year, in aid of Hospiscare – such a worthy cause. Wild About Lympstone (WAL) is delighted to be playing a small part in this wonderful event.

We are a local group which encourages and supports small positive actions for wildlife that was initiated by Mary Truell, who was in turn inspired by the Devon Wildlife Trust’s ‘Wilder Communities’ programme, which is all about helping us turn spaces where we live, learn, work or play into spaces that are greener, wilder and richer in nature.

Gulliford Burial Ground, Sunday 9 June 2pm-5pm

If you have never been to Gulliford Burial Ground before, you shouldn’t miss a visit to this beautiful, tranquil space. When restoration work was carried out to preserve the graveyard, care was also taken to ensure this was a safe and nurturing space for wildlife. Bird and bat boxes were installed and the overgrown garden tidied and managed to encourage wildflowers survive and thrive. Visitors to this unique garden will be able to see interpretation boards identifying some of these features. At 3pm Mark Moffatt will be there to talk about the bugs that can be found. For those of you who can return at 8.30pm, there will be some bat detectors available to help identify the species of bats flying above.

Ellenthorpe, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June

The Telfers’ ‘field’ at Ellenthorpe – the wild part of the garden – will be open as a wildlife demonstrator garden. With the Wotton Brook running through, its mature trees, exciting pathways through the undergrowth, its pond, meadow and many perch points for people, this peaceful garden is a haven for wildlife. Come along and enjoy this special place, and find out more about gardening for wildlife. There will be a number of stalls and activities taking place over the two days.

Saturday and Sunday

  • A self-guided garden walk– with fascinating wildlife interpretation boards along the way and WAL helpers and the owners on hand to answer all your questions

  • RSPB stand Brian Langley and friends will share intriguing facts and activities for all the family about our amazing birds.

  • Nature, health and wellbeing stand: Wild About Lympstone is hosting a stand with information and activities around how nature heals and inspires us, including some nature based creative activities:

    • We will be giving away copies of our new ‘Nature, Health and Wellbeing Stories’ book of inspiring writing by local people about what nature means to them.

    • We will be sharing a stunning, unique Lympstone wildlife map by local artist Louise Banks, celebrating the glory of our parish’s wildlife.

Saturday only

  • Devon Wildlife Trust – Katie Wilkinson, Wilder Communities Team Leader, will be ready with wildlife friendly gardening top tips, resources and activities.

  • Exploring pond life: come and find out what creatures are lurking below the surface in the pond and the brook at Ellenthorpe, with Sophie Cocks.

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