New Malden Fire Station Create a Wildlife Haven

We went to the New Malden Fire Station to check out a wildlife haven being built in the concrete yard. It’s coming along fantastically since work began on it at the beginning of the year!

The project is the brain child of wild life enthusiast Steve Preston, along with Bobby Fisher, who is Assistant Environment Officer for the London Fire Brigade.

Steve explained how everything in the garden was reclaimed, salvaged, or donated: "After asking our Station Manager, we went down to our local garden centre who said take whatever you like! We got plants donated and even got a wormery from Freecycle.” They’ve also built a vegetable trellis from old ropes and have plans to create benches from retired hose piping.

They've been using Grow Wild seed kits to fill their reclaimed wood planters with colourful wild flowers (as well as adding a bee house to the garden’s bug hotel). Here's the sowing in action:

And there’s no excuse for not keeping everything watered!

Thanks so much to Steve and his colleagues on the New Malden blue watch for showing us around – watch this space for updates in the summer when the flowers should be in full bloom! 

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