Biodiversity at Notcutts Garden Centre
At Notcutts, nature is right at the heart of their business and embedded in their horticultural and countryside DNA. They know that everything they do has an impact on nature, and that’s why they want to protect it for generations to come.
In the Notcutts Garden Centre based here at Welbeck, the team are especially passionate about biodiversity and have created a fantastic area for wildlife that is now thriving.
A pond that was originally built in 1982 has been lovingly restored to include a new 8m long bridge allowing customers to look down into the water and view the beautiful surroundings. They have introduced fish to the pond as well as aquatic plants, and customers can see the hedgehog ramp that has been added in case any pricky friends need to get out of the water.
Andrew Rawson, Garden Centre Manager, said:
“We are delighted that we have already seen the return of the native smooth newt and lots of frogs, damsels and dragonflies, hedgehogs, and a family of stoats. Our customers are enjoying the seating area to view the wildlife and surroundings.”
An area of perennial wildflower turf has been laid to encourage bees, insects and butterflies, and a bug hotel has been created using gabion cages and a pile of logs built over a hedgehog box.
Planting around the pond includes shrubs, trees, bulbs and herbaceous plants. They have also set up in partnership with a local beekeeper who has provided two new colonies of bees to the Notcutts hives and are reportedly doing well.
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