Thursday, 15 November 2012

500 Bluebell Bulbs

The final event in our celebrations for Cheshire Wildlife Trust's 50th birthday took place on Sunday 11th November, when 500 native bluebell bulbs were planted at New Ferry Butterfly Park. It sounds a lot - but fourteen people got stuck in and all the bulbs were planted in 45 minutes! Many thanks to Wirral Countryside Volunteers, who had cleared undergrowth from the hazel coppice and hawthorn copse in readiness. Next year should see some of them flower, hopefully just in time for our Open Day to start the summer's openings, planned for 5th May 2013. The display will get better each year, with a particular flush of flowers a year after the coppice is cut for hedging stakes, letting more light onto the bluebells. The bulbs were funded by a "Your Wirral" grant for Wirral Borough Council - thank you to the Bromborough Area Forum.

Wirral's Year of Coast and Countryside is also drawing to a close. A big Thank You to all our leaders for the walks and plantings. However, the guided walks were so good we are going to repeat some over the next few years, starting with a Bluebell Walk on Saturday 11th May in Dibbinsdale, meeting 10 a.m. at Bromborough Rake Station, as part of Wirral BC's Walking Festival. Look out for more events next year.

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