Triangle Estate

Triangle Wildlife Garden

On the Triangle Estate, a2nipswich worked with residents to create a wildlife garden on a neglected piece of land, with fun activities to get people involved and practical work such as planting spring bulbs, wildflower seeds and fruit trees.

The plants were chosen to provide pollen for insects, food for birds, and colour and fruit for the local community. Young people from Making Tracks helped with the planting and maintenance, and the Mums and Toddlers group planted some bulbs.


Action Plan for Triangle Wildlife Garden

Possible groups

Possible groups that could possibly be involved in the future of the wildlife garden are:

  • Triangle Residents Association
  • Mums & Tots
  • Making Tracks
  • Brownies

Essential Work

  • Remove rubbish dumped during the winter, including car tyres (fly-tipping).
  • Identify one or more people to hold keys for the garden.
  • Need one or more people who will keep an eye on the garden and remove rubbish when dumped – throughout the year. (Consider options to reduce rubbish – would it helped to have a sign on the fence identifying that it is a wildlife garden?)

Ongoing

Spring

  • Good time to view snow drops, crocuses and daffodils, and blossom on cherry plum tree (back right).
  • Plant wild flower seeds.
  • Prune (new) plum tree.
  • Plant additional shrubs and perennials, including tall perennials near front wall.

Summer

  • Good time to view meadow flowers and perennials.
  • Prune cherry tree (if not broken).
  • Throughout growing season: trim grass, remove weeds (including brambles but leaving brambles at back), pull out ivy from ground.

Autumn

  • Plant more bulbs.

Winter

  • Prune apple tree(s).
  • Prune shrubs, including buddleia.
  • Coppice dogwood (Feb or Mar) every one to three years.
  • Plant more hedge plants along left-hand side, including hazel, hawthorn and guelder rose.

Optional Items

  • Remove shrub directly in line with the gate to make access easier.
  • Remove one or two of the tall silver birch trees in the centre (suggest retain at least one).
  • Cut back cherry plum branches that overhang the path, to reduce fruit falling on the path.
  • Cut down sycamore from behind cherry plum tree.

Sketch Map of the Triangle Wildlife Garden