A group of volunteers have transformed the areas around Mount Wise towers into colourful and vibrant spaces.
The volunteers were made up of local residents, PCH staff and were helped to plant flowering trees and plants by helpers from Urban Buzz (Bug Life) and Devonport Roots. The idea is to create fantastic mini meadows to improve the areas for both residents and wildlife.
A Christmas tree and a June berry were planted outside Tamar House and three cherry trees and a herb garden at Lynher House. Tavy House already has a colourful community garden area, so wild flowers plus climbers were planted to create colour and nesting places for birds in the area.
Sarah French, Area Manager for the South of the city said: “This is the start of a joined up project between several organisations and it’s great to see everyone get together today. Everyone has worked hard to make this a beautiful and flowering green space which should be ready for the summer.
“It will give the area a nice lift and it will give the residents a nice colourful mini meadow to attract bees and other wildlife into the area. We will be working with the community over the next 12 months to help look after and tend to the newly planted areas.”
It was a cold and windy day but the volunteers toiled away throughout Friday before being rewarded with glorious sunshine on Saturday.
One of the highlights of the day was local resident Jenny South and her Son George planted a Christmas tree outside Tamar House which will be the focus for winter celebrations.
Tess Wilmot from the Tree Council and Dig for Devonport thought the two days were a real success: “This event was a really fantastic collaboration of local people which helped to bring together all the elements needed to plant the trees, plants and wildflower seeds donated by Urban Buzz. These plantings will look lovely later in the year and the increase in the diversity of plants will encourage pollinating insects and small birds to visit.
“Hazel and I will be at the Mount Wise towers once a month through the year to keep the momentum and encourage community engagement.”
The next event is on 11 April when the volunteers will be back to help plant a fruiting hedge.