Anne Billingham, SWFN volunteer co-ordinator writes: “Many people want to make provision for wildlife in their gardens. As wildlife habitats continue to disappear under concrete and modern agricultural practices, wildlife gardening is a great way to compensate for habitat loss.
One very positive and easy thing we can do to ensure wildlife, such as butterflies and bees, visit your gardens or take up residence, is to grow some native wild flowers.
There are places in any garden, however small, where wildflowers may be grown. There is a native wildflower for every situation, no matter how dry, wet, shady or hot. They can be grown in containers, in grass or in your borders.
If you would like to make a difference – and turn your garden into a ‘butterfly pub’ – by planting native wildflowers, then visit Swindon Wildflower Nursery or call 01793 692596.
You can call into TWIGS Community Gardens where Swindon Wildflower Nursery is based any Wednesday morning from 10.30 – 12.30 from March until October when there will be volunteers from the Nursery on hand to advise you. At other times of the week our wildflowers can be purchased via TWIGS which is open on Mondays and Fridays as well as Wednesdays from 10.30 – 3.30.
To help people get started with their ‘butterfly pub’ we can make available a simple wooden planter containing a dozen wildflowers (£10 with free delivery) to place on a patio or in a corner of the garden – and you will be amazed how much you will enjoy the flowers and the wildlife this attracts in the summer!
The Wildflower Nursery will also be open on TWIGS Open Days on Sunday April 17 and Sunday June 19 from 11am – 4pm. Why not pop along and see us!”