Enhancing Biodiversity in St Andrews Gardens
Residents may be aware of some changes being made in the mowing regime in St Andrews Gardens. Members of the Biodiversity working group suggested a slight alteration in the regime to enhance biodiversity in the area, which is shown in the pictures above.
Biodiversity is the shortened form of two words “biological” and “diversity”. It refers to all the variety of life that can be found on Earth (plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms) as well as to the communities that they form and the habitats in which they live.
Alterations are described as below:
The area to the left of the gardens (running alongside St Andrews Church) will be left unmown for the year.
The area towards the back of the gardens (running parallel with the High Street) will be partially left unmown, and wildflower seeds will be sown in due course.
The area currently unmown towards the car park will remain unmown and monitored throughout the year.
The remainder of the gardens will be mown regularly, leaving a 1m circumference around the bottom of each tree.
May has seen the installation of an information board at the edge of St Andrews Gardens. It is hoped that this board will be updated bi-monthly to inform residents in the gardens of the happenings of nature they see before them.
For further information on this scheme, please contact the Town Council.