Kids create ‘beastly hotel’ for bugs

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CHILDREN visiting Bulwell Forest Community Garden off Austin Street were given a special project — to create a home for bugs!

The making of a ‘beastly hotel’ was one of the ideas dreamed up for the school summer holidays and it certainly captured the youngsters’ imaginations.

Other activities have included making bird boxes to hang in the garden and designing mosaic stepping stones.

A highlight will be a teddy bears’ picnic next Wednesday, followed by an open event and fun day on Saturday September 8.

The popularity of the garden has fully justified a fight earlier this year to prevent the project being blocked by red tape.

The law demanded that because the land was part of a school playing field, any new scheme needed to be rubberstamped by a government minister.

Months of lobbying took place by the members of Bulwell Forest ward on Nottingham City Council, Bulwell Labour MP Graham Allen and Bulwell Forest Action Group.

Finally, Schools Minister Lord Hill ‘sorted things out’ by signing off the lease for the playing field so that the garden project could go ahead.

Coun Nick McDonald, a Labour member for Bulwell Forest on the city council, said the garden was vital to encourage healthy living and as a community focal point

The garden is open on Wednesdays from 5 pm to 7 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 pm.

Volunteers are welcomed to help with cleaning, weeding, planting and providing refreshments.

OUR PHOTO shows (from left) Alanah Miles-Stewart, Charley Moss and Elizabeth Clarke getting close to nature — and wild flowers — at the new community garden — DISPIC NHUD12-2138-1.