Conservation inspiration: creative thinking

Environmental education, recycling, and planting to put in place. At Riverbend in Wales, the park team has done all three in innovative ways.

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First, they’ve resto a beautiful, communal Bee and Butterfly Garden that boasts a wealth of plants that attract bees, butterflies and other insects.

“We came to make more changes.”

The telephone box was another one of Angie and Lindsey’s finds. It was dis-used and in need of a revamp and they got the idea tor information, promoting the beautiful Welsh Countryside.

“The telephone box is also home to record what they see,” the Managers explain. “To inspire birdwatchers, when you open the door you hear a musical tweet from a finch.”

The bee and butterfly garden was developed thanks to Angie and Lindsey’s love for wildlife.

“Throughout our first season we saw some amazing butterflies and wanted to eat and drink.”

The managers then decided to be a rubbish dump was cleared, levelled and sections marked out.

“We built an area with sleepers, raising it three feet off the floor, and filled it with lavender,” Angie and Lindsey explain. “Then we started on the surrounding area and filled as much as we could with plants and flowers that butterflies and bees love.  About three months later our garden was in full bloom – you would not believe how many butterflies and bees have visited.”

Seeking inspiration for new ways in which your park can help protect the natural world? In these articles, Rufus Bellamy, head of the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme, highlights some of the latest initiatives being taken. For more ideas, visit