Thursday, 31 May 2012

RSPB Make Your Nature Count 2 - 10 June 2012

Get involved in the UK's largest garden wildlife survey and help RSPB find out how wildlife is doing this summer. They would like you to record the birds you see in one hour (on one day between 2-10 June), and let them know what other creatures visit your garden.

You can find  more information on the RSPB website here.

Quote for the week......

"You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself" - Harvey S. Firestone

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Raised planter opportunity

Although availability is limited, due to the high uptake, there are still some raised planters available for use on our soon to be completed community grow your own scheme.

You can confirm your interest in the potential use of a raised planter by post to Marsh Street Arches and Garden CIC, c/o CHNMT Office, 242/244 Dalton Road, Barrow in Furness, LA14 1PN, by email to or by calling: 07919 991 989

A copy of our community grow your own scheme user policy can be viewed and downloaded here.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

One of our juvenile sparrows

Today in the wildlife boundary area

A welcomed visit from Sacred Heart School - 22.05.2012

In the arch - taking shelter from the sun

Our new shed

Our new shed as supplied and assembled by Continental Landscapes Ltd.

Bumblebee Conservation - Bee Kind

Bumblebees rely on particular flowers for food throughout the year. By using the Bumblebee Conservation Trusts Bee Kind tool, you can discover whether the flowers in your garden are bee­‐friendly.

Once you know how your garden scores, they can recommend some other flowers that you may want to plant  to really get your garden buzzing!

For more information please visit the Bumblebee Conservation Trust website here.

Barrows Wildlife - Springwatch events guide

For Barrows Wildside contact Sue Thurley on 01229 471066 or at

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Barrows Wildside - Springwatch events in June

Springwatch launch – Dock Museum 
Sat 2 June 11-3pm - FREE
Have some family fun discovering the wildlife of Barrow and find out about all the other great Springwatch activities throughout June.

Animal Olympics – Ormsgill Primary school, Mill Bank 
Wed 6 June 12-3pm
Can you jump as far as a grasshopper? Run as fast as a rabbit?
Come and have a go at the Animal Olympic Games!
All activities are FREE, no need to book just come along.

Bats of Barrow Island – meet outside Barrow Island school, Trinity Street 
Thurs 7 June 9.30-10.30pm
Bats live in our towns and cities too! Come along and learn a bit about different types of bats living on Barrow Island. Bring a torch and a bat detector if you have one!! The event is FREE

 Call 01229 471066 for more information.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Save our butterflies week 19 - 27 May

Butterfly Conservation is running a series of events across the UK from May 19th to 27th encouraging people to get to grips with some of our most threatened and little-known butterflies.

For more information and to download their butterfly ID chart, please visit the Butterfly Conservation website here.

The plants arrive on site

Continental Landscapes begin delivering the plants.

Thinking Green

Thinking Green - Continental Landscapes testing out the new electric powered van.

Community grow your own scheme funders

Introducing the various funders who have contributed towards our new community grow your own scheme.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Mental Health Awareness week

Research shows that doing good and helping others is good for your mental health.

As one of the five main ways to manage your well-being, The Mental Health Foundation are asking everyone to get involved by carrying out acts of kindness for strangers throughout this year's Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from 21 - 27 May.

For more information please visit their website here.

Our newly arrived poly tunnel

We would like to thank Cumbria Community Foundations "Barrow Community Trustfor providing the funding which enabled the purchase of our newly arrived poly tunnel. It was very much appreciated.