Bring Back the Butterflies
This will be the first garden in our wildlife habitat creation programme. Actually on the pavement of a busy thoroughfare, it has already attracted a great deal of interest
With an emphasis on butterfly and bee conservation, the Camden Butterfly Trust’s aim is to establish a network of wildlife-friendly butterfly gardens throughout the London borough of Camden. Being the first of many, this modest garden will be the vanguard of our wildlife habitat creation programme.
What we’ll do:
- weed the garden removing any nonorganic debris
- build a barrier around the garden to contain the material to be added
- add fresh topsoil to facilitate the roots of the shrubs
- then spread layers of sharp sand, compost and leaf mould
- each layer will be mixed in using a cultivator
- wait for all this to settle and the inevitable appearance of the weeds
- the weeding will continue until the soil has been cleansed
- plant the shrubs and flowers that will produce the nectar
- plant the larval food plants
- await the arrival of the butterflies
Why it’s a great idea:
I have been campaigning for our butterfly conservation gardens for over five years and have met hundreds of people. The response has always been 100% in favour.
How we’ll get it done:
- Labourers will be hired to spread the various materials on the garden.
- A cultivator will be used to incorporate the various materials.
- Volunteers will be invited to get involved – but not with the heavy work.
This colourful, fragrant wildlife garden will not only provide a variety of species with all they need for their continued survival, but will encourage social integration and engender a sense of well-being in the local human population.