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.
The 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)
Please click link below:
- Gardening: Dates and Times
- Top Ten Plants for Butterflies
- Plant of the Month
- News from the Garden - our Blog!
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 2015 - all are Tuesdays - anytime between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm
||3rd - cancelled
||3rd & 17th
||7th & 21st
||5th & 19th
||2nd & 16th
||7th & 21st
|August||4th & 18th|
1st from 4pm
Gardeners BBQ will be held on the 1st September this year.
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 Features
Dave Thompson has produced this superb feature on the Chambers Farm Wood butterfly garden. Please click on the link below to enjoy:
Dave Thompson has produced another feature, this time focusing on the gardeners who work to maintain the Chambers Farm Wood butterfly garden. Please click on the link below to view:
- 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: http://butterfly-conservation.org/292/gardening.html
Plant of the Month
Winter Flowering Heathers - Erica carnea varieties
Excellent nectar sources for early emerging butterflies.
10th February 2015
The first gardening day of 2015 (last week was cancelled due to snow). Seven hardy souls braved the fog and the cold - it was cold - to make a start on the garden by cutting down the perennials in the more formal beds and preparing the rest for the annual mowing. The winter heathers are flowering with more to come. The Pulmonaria are starting to flower and the Primoses are appearing above the ground. So early emerging butterflies should have a choice of nectar sources.
Today a Jay was seen, Blue, Great and Coal Tits. Blackbirds were calling and two Robins hopped around our feet.
On the 18th January Richard saw a Small Tortoiseshell in the garden.
Next Session: Tuesday 3rd March - some coppicing and raking off.
Gardening for butterflies in January...take a break.
Take the advice from Butterfly Conservation via the e-newsletter 'All Aflutter' - "The best thing you can do in your garden to help butterflies and moths at this time of year is to do nothing! It's time to take a break, leave bushes unpruned and leaf litter undisturbed. Over-wintering species need safe, sheltered places to protect them from the elements."
Next Session: some coppicing, repairs to benches and planning.