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Get into the habitat at Boz Park

Date published: 29 January 2012

Everyone is getting their hands dirty and digging in to make a change at Boz Park in Whitefield.

On Monday 6 February the Amphibian and Reptile Group is heading down to Boz Park with a digger to create a new pond on the site. The group dug out the previous two ponds and these have attracted so much wildlife that the Boz Park Steering Group requested more ponds were dug to attract wildlife and to add more interest to the Park.

Jacqui Goggs, Bury Accessible Natural Greenspace officer, said: “Over recent years there has been loads of work carried out on Boz Park to make improvements: these have included a new children’s play area, new footpaths, tree planting and boardwalks. In the last year alone a new fence has been built, boardwalks extended to keep walkers out of the mud, and local schools have planted more than 1,000 wild flowers in the wildlife area. These have all been fantastic changes for the park and have benefited people and wildlife alike.”

She added: “The steering group would like to keep making improvements to the park and enable local people to make the most use of it. The ponds that were previously dug are now teeming with wildlife and groups can organise pond dipping sessions in the park. The new ponds will in future provide even more space for educational activities to take place.”

To complement this latest wildlife habitat creation, the Hillock Gardening Group and the Amphibian and Reptile Group applied for free hedging trees from the Woodland Trust. Both groups were successful and more than 800 hedge trees are on their way, to be planted by children from Mersey Drive, Ribble Drive and St Michael’s local primary schools.

Any group wishing to book a pond dipping session or wildlife session in the park should contact Jacqui Goggs on 0161 253 7764 or email [email protected]