Growing for Garnock
Wildflower meadows and riparian woodland habitats have been identified as key habitats in the Garnock Connections area and are priorities for habitat improvement work.
Eadha Enterprises manage a specialist tree nursery growing rare native species with a focus on aspen and willow. Through the Growing For Garnock Project, they are expanding their range of target species to include a range of wildlflowers, shrubs and plants. Furthermore, they will be engaging with people from local communities to conduct seed gathering, sowing and planting work.
We are working with a wide range of groups and organisations, including local primary schools and youth groups, to instill an interest and awareness of nature in participants who may have limited connection at present, providing new skills and learning. The project aims to connect participants to their local environment and promote a sense of pride and stewardship. For young people, the project encapsulates the four capacities for learning – Effective Contributors, Responsible Citizens, Successful Learners and Confident Individuals. It also promotes Health & Well Being and Outdoor Learning.
The project will also lead to direct habitat improvements at various sites within the project area through enhancement planting. Combined with the projects that make up our Habitats Network, along with Community Habitat Restoration, we have the chance to make a massive difference to the greenspaces in the Garnock Connections landscape.
Eadha supervise and lead visits to key habitat sites within the project area where participants can learn about the native plants found there, including their identification and traditional uses. Seeds and cuttings are collected in follow up visits for propagation at Eadha’s nursery or at schools. Site visits are attended run by expert botanical guides.
You can read an update on the latest from the Growing for Garnock project in the current Eadha Newsletter.
Click HERE to see the presentation which Peter Livingstone delivered at our Year Two Celebration event in July 2020. Peter is the CEO of Eadha Enterprises and is managing this project.
Outputs achieved so far:
124 people trained in planting and propogation
2873 wild plants planted
1 education pack produced
1 new access route created
Did you know?
Did you know that while new planted native woodlands can benefit many types of wildlife, often they lack the diversity ground flora to be found in ancient woodlands, as these species can take many hundreds of years to become established and some may never find their way there naturally.