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Langdyke Countryside Trust calls on people in Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings to help create a community nature reserve in their own gardens

People in Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings are being encouraged to get involved in a great new wildlife scheme from the comfort of their own garden.

The Langdyke Countryside Trust, a charity run by volunteers, already owns and manages seven nature reserves in the villages between Stamford and Peterborough including Barnack Hills and Holes.

Now it is launching a campaign to create The Langdyke Community Nature Reserve - the trust’s eighth - which will be made of a range of established and newly created wildlife gardening plots - including yours!

A wildlife area like this one could become part of the Langdyke Community Nature Reserve. Photo: Sarah Lambert
A wildlife area like this one could become part of the Langdyke Community Nature Reserve. Photo: Sarah Lambert

The aim of the project is to bring people together across the community to promote wildlife-friendly gardening and to give nature a chance to recover.

Organisers aim to share good practice and celebrate successes and make it easy for anyone to get involved.

Trust chairman Richard Astle said: “Taking part isn’t difficult and you don’t even need a garden to take part. You could just install a window box or put up a bird table.

“Every little thing you do will help nature.

Wool Carder Bee. Photo: Sarah Lambert
Wool Carder Bee. Photo: Sarah Lambert

“It could be as simple as letting the grass grow in one area, putting up a bird box, planting some nature-friendly plants or leaving a pile of wood for hedgehogs and other wildlife to live in.”

The gardening scheme is part of Langdyke’s overall project to create a vision for nature across the area it calls John Clare Countryside - particularly the villages between Peterborough and Stamford.

The peasant poet John Clare - who lived in Helpston - wrote about the countryside in many of his poems.

No matter how large or small your garden, you can get involved in creating the community nature reserve by pledging an area of your plot which is turned over to nature.

Richard added: “If you already have a wildlife-friendly area, that’s brilliant. If not, why not consider what you could do to create one?

“All you have to do is measure an area that you can call wildlife friendly - it may be there already or you have plans to create it. Then visit the Langdyke website and pledge it as a little piece of the eighth reserve. There is no cost and your garden will still be your own.”

You can find out how to measure your plot and how to get involved by visiting the trust website’s eighth reserve page at https://langdyke.org.uk/the-eighth-reserve/

The website also has a video explaining more about the scheme, as well as details of events which are mostly running online at the moment because of covid restrictions.

It is hoped to re-start nature walks and family days on the reserves in the near future. The trust also wants to hear from anyone who wants to get involved by volunteering.

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