Responsibility and Appreciation

The Wild Garden offers an opportunity to advance the education of the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical, historic and natural environment. The key emphasis of the education initiatives is to encourage a responsible attitude towards and a wider appreciation of our local natural and physical environment. This should both allow the wide and peaceful enjoyment of the Wild Garden by all and a positive approach to the environment in general.

Welcome notices have been installed at the two entrances to the Wild Garden asking visitors to treat the Garden with respect  and to keep dogs on the lead at all times.  We also use monitoring cameras from time to time to limit low level vandalism and misuse of the Garden.

We have installed a new bridge over the sluiceway by the Cedar of Lebanon and built up the path in this area to protect the Cedar’s root system.

We now have two Forest Schools regularly using the Wild Garden to introduce children to a responsible approach to woodlands and wild life.

At a more physical level, the conservation work provides opportunities for training in rural crafts such as dry stone walling, hedge laying and woodland management.