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BLUEBELL INVASION WELCOMED AT NEW FERRY BUTTERFLY PARK


02 December 2014 

New Ferry Butterfly Park has benefitted from a community grant from Wirral Farmers' Market that has enabled volunteers to purchase and plant 500 bluebell bulbs.   These were planted at Brick Pit Coppice, so called after the adjacent brick pit at the Butterfly Park that was dug out to extract clay to make bricks in the late eighteenth century when the ferry was “new”. In the past finds at the site have included a brick with 200-year-old hedgehog footprints and a trident-looking tool, once used for breaking open the brick kiln.

This is the third lot of bluebell planting at the park. In the last three years 1,500 bluebell bulbs have been planted to develop a woodland flora under the hazel shrubs to create, in the words of Poet Laureate, John Masefield, who was associated with New Ferry, "a blue sea in which no ship sailed." Interestingly this coppice lies adjacent to Masefield Close.

The hazel coppice was planted in 1998 and cut in the autumns of 2004 and 2009. It will be cut next in the autumn of 2015. The initial saplings were established by planting them through a black geotextile, which acted as a mulch mat to reduce competition from vigorous brambles while the plants were young. This November the mulch matting was removed, the hazels thinned, and the soil dug over so bulbs could be planted. They can now establish their roots before taking advantage of the open conditions in spring 2016 when they will flower, providing nectar sources for bees, and butterflies such as peacock and orange tip, as well as for the park's newest breeding butterfly resident, the brimstone.

Wirral Farmers' Market is run by volunteers, and the profits made from hiring out stalls go back into the local community. They have given an impressive £32,000 locally so far.

 
 
 


     
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