Woodheys park’s latest venture is a butterfly garden. The Friend’s of Woodheys park’s plan at the beginning of 2008 was to develop a Butterfly garden to compliment the existing nature corridor running from the car park down to the Pinkey park children’s play area. The first stage was to obtain funding and with a very generous donation of £200.00 from B & Q we were well on our way to creating our very own butterfly garden right here in Sale, Cheshire.
Butterfly numbers in the UK have been in decline throughout the last decade and the Friend’s group recognise that with the diversity of wildlife within our park in Sale it would be good to promote a section of wildlife which has begun to suffer in the UK. On a cold November morning pupils from Woodheys Primiary School, the friend’s group, the Head-Gardener(Joe) and our Park development officer(David Sykes) all got their hands dirty planting a specially selected area of the park. The plants chosen were specifically selected based on their attractiveness to Butterflies and small insects.
We believe this to be the first Butterfly garden in a public park in Trafford and our butterfly garden is designed for the future. It will be interesting to watch and see how these plants grow and develop and what butterfly species they attract. Our hope is that by continuing to attract different wildlife into public parks in Trafford that families will continue to enjoy all the amenities within our local parks and Woodheys in particular for many years to come.