The open spaces on the estate and the nearby Lilley Brook and Cox’s Meadow are one of the features that make Charlton Park a great place to live, and the Residents’ Association takes an active interest in their maintenance.
Over the last eighteen months we have used a grant from the council to plant some shrubs either side of the Moorend Road footpath entrance to the estate, plant a mixed hedge along a stretch of the chain link fence boundary with St Edwards School, plant 1000 snowdrops either side of the entrance to King Arthur Close, and put up a selection of nest boxes and some bat boxes.
The shrubs and hedge are developing well, and the nest boxes saw good use in their first year - mostly by blue tits and great tits, but also a pair of nuthatches.
Hedgehogs need our help!
Recent declines in hedgehog numbers may be partly due to the fences and walls we build round our gardens, reducing the habitat available to them. A good site explaining what we can do to help is at www.wildhedgehogs.org.uk. One of the actions is to make sure garden boundaries have hedgehog-sized gaps underneath so they can get in (and eat up your slugs and snails!) – why not spread the word to your neighbours and connect up as many gardens as possible?