Work on improving the grounds of the Gill Nethercott Centre have been taking place over the last week with much planting and tidying up underway. Both the front and the rear are now much improved with a variety of plants enhancing the grounds. In addition the important natural environment of the banks is being carefully managed as a natural habitat for the wildlife of the area.

The new viewing platform is installed

New planting underway

The Whitchurch Association who run the Centre have been working closely with other agencies to improve the landscaping in order to make it attractive to both users of the Centre and of the upstairs Library. This weekend’s rain will probably be good for the new planting!

There is also a new viewing area to the rear and a path so that visitors and users can enjoy the stream and the wildlife that is such a major feature of the site. The area is also the home to water voles and water shrew which since 1981 have been a protected species. Look for them at their burrows just on or below the waterline.

New planting at the rear of the Centre

The stream also acts as an important ‘wildlife corridor’ and is being used as a route for otters. Other wildlife that often visit include several species of bat, as well as kingfishers.

A new information board provides details of what wildlife can be seen while inside the Centre there is a board where sightings of wildlife can be recorded.

The new Wildlife Information Board

The new Wildlife Information Board

The building was designed to take account of its special setting, being raised on modern ‘staddle-stones’ to allow the free movement of wildlife, and of course there is the glass floor over the stream within the building.

The Centre’s website with more pictures of the planting is here: Gill Nethercott Centre