Friends of Church Field

some of the volunteers at the bulb planting day

The “Friends of Church Field” is a group of local residents who have a passion and concern for the natural green space between Braunstone Lane and Woodshawe Rise. They work very closely with the Parks Department of Leicester City Council and the Braunstone Community Association in order to ensure that Church Field continues to be a natural ‘lung’ that is a resource for local community and preserves some of Braunstone’s ‘wild’ heritage.

It was a sunny, frosty Saturday morning in November, when we planted four thousand crocus bulbs, in church field and around the churchyard. It was nice to see people turning up to volunteer, some digging the holes in the hard turf, while others had the easier task of planting the bulbs. After half an hour or so, we soon got warmed up; it was lovely to be out of doors in the clean fresh air, tea, coffee and biscuits were kindly provided in the church hall and very grateful we were too.

We are now eagerly waiting for the first sightings and should have a lovely blaze of colour, with the crocuses and the daffodils that were planted the previous year.

This year we are hoping to plant some snowdrops, primroses and wild flower seeds, in time, we hope to have an old fashioned wild flower meadow again. Sadly not many of these remain, due to housing development and past use of pesticides. Let’s hope we can one day bring back the colours to our fields, with some of these beautiful old wild flowers we had in bygone times. These will then bring back some of the lovely butterflies we used to have, and encourage more of song birds to nest. “I do hope so”

The group meets together four times a year to review and plan any work in the field. If you would like any further information, please leave your contact details for me at St Peter’s church.

Future Meetings:

Spring – 21st March 2007
Summer – 20th June 2007
Autumn – 10th October 2007

Extra Development Meeting – 26th September 2007

The meetings begin at 4.00pm and are held at St Peter’s Church in Woodshawe Rise.

Sheila Pacey

This entry is dated Thursday, February 8th, 2007 at 12.41pm and is filed under News.

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