A WILDLIFE charity is asking green-fingered Chester residents to come along and lend a hand at a popular wildlife haven next week.
The Moston nature reserve, near the Dale Army barracks, has a nature trail, pond platform and raised flower beds and is one of conservation charity Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s most urban reserves.
Following a successful hay-making day at the end of the summer, the Trust now wants to focus on rejuvenating the raised beds which have become neglected in recent years, to create a fantastic display of sights and smells next spring.
The charity also wants to hear from local residents about how the site could become a central resource for ‘green-living’ in the community.
The specially designed raised beds mean keen gardeners with limited mobility or in wheelchairs are welcome to come along and join in on the day.
Autumn-themed wildlife craft activities will also be laid on to keep younger visitors entertained.
Robyn Moseley, from Cheshire Wildlife Trust, said: “We had a great day hay-making with local families back in August bringing the ‘wild’ side of the reserve back into the right condition.
“The raised beds however, offer a different opportunity to develop a resource that the community could really grab with both hands – like a shared vegetable patch or herb bed, so we’re really keen to understand how people might like to get involved with caring for this valuable part of the reserve on their doorstep.
“Herb gardens, for example, not only have amazing smells, but they are also a valuable nectar source for bumblebees and butterflies which need our help more than ever.”
The reserve will be open for people to drop in and help from 11am to 3pm next Saturday.