The Friends of King George who support the running of Bushey’s award-winning main park have successfully won a bid from Hertsmere Borough Council to rewild part of it.
Although the existing meadow area remains unmown throughout the summer and teams with insects, the plan for the new project is to plant part of the area with increased pollinators for bees and butterflies.
The Friends have match funded the scheme with money raised at their hugely popular Bushey Fun Dog Show and hope that the scheme will provide a more diversified wildlife habitat with the inclusion of self-seeding perennials.
The scheme will help draw down carbon from the atmosphere, help the park’s wildlife adapt to climate change and reverse biodiversity loss. The Friends also hope to involve local schools in gathering data on how it’s benefiting the environment.
Said Nik Oakley, spokesperson for the Friends: “A scheme like this will also improve park users’ health and wellbeing and we’re hoping that the project will help develop climate change and biodiversity awareness amongst school children and their parents, which they then take into their everyday lives.”
Planting is expected next spring and local schools are being encouraged to participate.