Hardy group talk on wildlife gardening

Hardy Plant Society meeting EMN-150224-104226001
Hardy Plant Society meeting EMN-150224-104226001

Gardening for Wildlife is the topic for Mark Schofield who will be speaking to the Lincolnshire Hardy Plant Society in Welton’s William Farr School this Saturday, February 28.

The meeting starts at 2pm and visitors will be very welcome; admission £4, including refreshments.

Plants will be on sale before and after the talk, together with friendly advice, if needed.

During the talk, Mark will explain the value of working with our wildlife in the garden and the beneficial effects it can have on flowers and the environment - covering areas such as trees, shrubs and ponds in his presentation.

Between 2006 and 2008, Mark retrained and gained an MSc in Biodiversity Survey from the University of Sussex.

He is currently working towards full membership of the IEEM (Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management) and is developing a portfolio of work within the biodiversity conservation sector,

Since joining the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust in 2009, Mark has co-ordinated wildflower surveys along road verges in the chalk and limestone areas of Lincolnshire, involving more than 250 volunteers and covering over 2,700km of road.

The ‘Life on the Verge’ project has resulted in the designation of 146 new roadside Local Wildlife Sites, which represent a large proportion of the county’s ancient grassland and now have some protection.

Mark also provides training in wildflower identification and gives talks on wildflower gardening.

Last year, in his new role as Meadow Network Project Officer, Mark worked with 145 volunteers to create and restore wildflower meadows in 11 community green spaces across the county.

In 2015 he will be launching a new roadside wildflower survey north of Lincoln.

And in his spare time, Mark is constructing raised beds for the forthcoming growing season and planting a small orchard of Lincolnshire fruit tree varieties.