Chambers Farm Wood Butterfly Garden

The aim in creating the Garden is to raise the profile of Butterfly Conservation, and to enthuse others to garden for butterflies & moths by:-

  • attracting butterflies into the Garden, so that visitors are able to get good views of the more common species of both butterflies and moths,
  • demonstrating the types of plants that will encourage butterflies & moths,
  • experimenting with different habitats & management regimes to minimise maintenance without reducing the Garden's attractiveness to both people and wildlife.

General View GardenThe Garden continues to be developed. It is designed to be at its best from June through to September, though we hope that it will be of some interest all the year round.

Chambers Farm Wood (Grid ref: TF 147740) is located off the B1202 Bardney to Wragby road - follow the brown signs.

The Garden is used and developed with the kind permission of the Forestry Commission.

Contact: Audrey Spring (tel: 01472 879624)


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Gardening: Dates and Times

Join us in the Garden:
'Weed a bit, plant a bit, relax a bit - what a way to spend a day - a workout & relaxation therapy all for free!'

 Gardening days for 2017 - all are Tuesdays - anytime between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm

January 2017
7th & 21st
4th & 18th
2nd & 16th
6th & 20th
4th & 18th

8th & 22nd (note 2nd & 4th Tues)

September 5th (BBQ - start at 4.00 pm) & 19th
October 3rd & 17th
November 7th
December None

For all gardening, please wear appropriate clothing & footwear. Tools and drinks will be provided, but bring your own if you prefer.
Please note: all dates are provisional and will depend on the weather conditions, so, please check with Audrey (tel: 01472-879624) to confirm before travelling.


Butterfly Garden Feature

BG-D.ThompsonDave Thompson has produced this superb feature on his special moments of photography at Chambers Farm Wood butterfly garden.  Please click on the link below to enjoy:





Top Ten Plants for Butterflies

  • Perennial Wallflower: 'Bowles Mauve': Apr-Sept
  • Red Valerian: May-Sept
  • Sweet Rocket: 'Hesperis Matronalis': May-June
  • Verbena Bonariensis: June-Oct: likes dry
  • Marjoram: June-Sept
  • Hebes: June-Aug
  • Purple Loosestrife: July-Aug: Likes damp
  • Buddleias varieties: July-Sept
  • Sedum varieties: Aug-Oct
  • Michaelmas Daisies: various: Aug-Oct

For more on plants, have a look at the main BC website on:


 Plant of the Moment










Pulmonaria officinalis - Lungwort - a great perennial that provides early nectar


News from the Garden: Our 'Blog'!

4th April 2017

  • Dull and cool today so no butterflies. We were delighted to see the cornfield seeds sown last time are already showing growth. The timing and the weather must have been just right. It is hoped that the corn will provide a natural support for the flowers.
  • We also sowed seeds of Phacalia and Echium vulgare 'Blue Bedder' which did so well last year.Primroses 2017
  • The compost heap has produced excellent compost this year, due in part to shredding the garden prunings and a constant supply of horse manure. Today it was sieved and spread liberally as a mulch on the perennials.
  • Frogspawn had hatched, but the recent dry, warm weatherhas meant that the pond needed topping up already.
  • Honesty and the reliable Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' are starting to flower.
  • A Bullfinch came down to the feeders. Blackcap and Chiffchaff were both heard.

Next Session: 18th April

21st March 2017

  • Unbelievably a third perfect gardening day - will our luck last? Completed hedge, thanks to the team of Nev, James, Alan and Colin ably led by Steve - well done to all. The rest of us pruned Buddleias, planted more Primroses and Snowdrops. Did some weeding and divided perennial Michaelmas Daisies.Hedge close up - Colin Beck
  • The first annual bed was sown with Cornfield seeds - Cornflower, Corn Marigold and Poppies. For the first time ever there is Frogspawn in the pond. It will be interesting to see if we get the usual Toadspawn as well.
  • In flower today - Heathers, Pulmonaria, Primroses, Hyacinths and Comfrey. No butterflies or Honey bees, just a few Bumblebees.

Next Session: 4th April - more shredding, spreading and sowing annuals.

7th March 2017

  • Perfect gardening weather again, but rather wet underfoot. The hedge-laying continues, in fact the end of the initial laying was reached. Next time it will be completing the staking and binding the top.Hedge Laying
  • Today we started cutting back the perennials in the more formal beds and identifying those plants we want and removing the interlopers. The garden looks raher bare at this time of the year with all the perennials cut back, but still plenty of bees on the winter flowering Heathers, Pulmonaria, Viburnum x bodnantense and primroses that are all in flower. No butterflies seen today.Bee on Pulmonaria

Next Session: 21st March - Completing the hedge-laying and mulching the formal beds

21st February 2017

  • The perfect gardening - mild and sunny. Bees were busy on the Heather, Snowdrops and on the flowering Viburnum x bodnantense. Bees on viburnum - Colin Beck
  • More Primroses were added - they provide early nectar and look so good at the base of the hedges. The hedging continues and the expertise is increasing. Brash was shredded to add to the compost heap, spent horse manure will be mixed with it next week. Last year's mix is ready to be spread liberally on the flower beds in the coming months.
  • We are starting some annuals - Borage, Agastache, Nasturtiums and Echium vulgare blue bedder - indoors as we did last year. It worked well for our cold, wet, clay soil.

Next Session: 7th March - Starting work on the more formal flower beds, weeding, dividing and adding more plants.

24th January 2017

  • A cold start for the hedgers this morning, but the sun soon appeared. Under Steve's guidance good progress is being made.
  • The winter flowering heather is opening to provide nectar for any early flying insects. Now is the time to think of how we can allHedge Laying add nectar to our gardens. Erysimum Bowle's Mauve that flowers almost all year round, Red Valerian which will continue to flower if cut back after first flowering, Marjoram popular with so many species of butterfly or Michaelmas Daisies for later in the year. If you are short on space then plant a 'Pot for Pollinators' - see Butterfly Conservation's home page for more information.

Next Sessions: 7th February for continuing to lay the hedge,
21st February for the annual mowing, dividing up perennials and planning the scheme for the annual beds.