Did you know that we have our very own wildlife garden that everyone can enjoy?
You’ll find it behind the Recreation Field, opposite the pavilion, on land given to the village by the Beckett family. It first began to take shape when the people of both villages chose to have a wildlife garden to celebrate the Millennium.
Now, all these years (and a lot of work!) later, we have an amazing wildlife oasis where you can discover the plants and animals through the seasons, sit and enjoy the peace and tranquility or get involved in caring for the garden.
In 2016 we received a grant through Ryedale District Council, from the company that built The Sidings. So we now have a set of panels that tell you what you might find.
It’s amazing to think that in 2000 the site was part of a field. All the trees in the woodland area were donated by people in the villages – so none are more than 18 years old yet it’s now an established wood and home to a variety of birdlife.
The highlight of the garden, with its stunning yellow flag iris and marsh marigold, the pond is a great place to look for swallows and you can often see bats diving down for a drink just as it goes dark.
Bring along a net and a bucket and see what you can find – please put them back though! Our tadpoles are happy in the pond.
Fun to build but hard work too, the Memorial Mound is quite a feature of the garden. It celebrates two of the villagers who were instrumental in creating this amazing place.
Why not get involved?
The Garden is managed as a charity by volunteers from the villages. We are always eager to welcome new helpers, whatever your level of experience or expertise so if you would like to get involved in practical work in caring for the garden or in fundraising, please contact Amanda Carroll on 01439 771838 or look out for the dates of work tasks on this website.
Help with fundraising
We occasionally fundraise by selling cakes and produce at Towler’s arch in Kirkbymoorside.
So when we’re there, please come along and support the Garden. If you would like to donate goods for us to sell please contact Amanda Carroll (01439 771838) or anyone you know on the committee.