We have been awarded another Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award, the residents have been busy in the garden planting bee and insect friendly plants to make The Orchards an oasis of insects and birds. We have now achieved 21 years consecutive Gold Awards, the only residential park in the country.
The residents and the park have donated another £2000 to LIVES (Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service). £1,000 of this was from the generosity of the residents through the monthly lottery and other kind donations and this was matched by The Orchards Park Residential Limited. The Park has now donated more than £15,000 to this vital local charity
20 Years of David Bellamy Gold. The Orchards park gained it’s 20th consecutive award for conservation. We were also awarded the Woodlands Conservation, Going Green Together and the Bee Friendly park. Comments included “I am pleased that you continue to have such a strong commitment to all things environmental” “The pitch size is very generous which allows the residents plenty of space to flex their green fingers” “There is a great variety of shrubs and plants in the gardens which provide an additional habitat for wildlife” “The woodland and meadow paths allow residents to have easy access around the site and is unsurprisingly, very popular”
26 tree saplings have been planted around the perimeter of the field to continue our commitment to the environment. These include a grove of native beech trees which have been kindly donated, and in a few years will provide a habit for butterflies and birds. Other trees planted include hazels, larch and spindles.
The park continued its environmental and charitable work, recycling thousands of green milk bottle tops helping local charities, planting more trees, and bee friendly plants in our gardens. We continued to raise money for LIVES (Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service) through the lottery and donations of rhubarb, fruit, tomatoes, flowering plants and books.
We have been awarded another Gold Award. David Bellamy wrote to say “it gives me great pleasure to let you know that your park has been awarded a Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award for 2018/19, I’d like to take this opportunity to say “thankyou” for all the hard work you’ve put in. The residents have lovely gardens with a wide range of flowers, trees and shrubs.” This year as part of the external assessment we were awarded the Wildflower Habitat Badge.
We have built 5 Hedgehog hotels from recycled materials we had on the park. They have been given to residents to provide accommodation to our spiky friends.
The Orchards Park has won another year of the David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award, making 18 consecutive years. The Park is independently visited and assessed each year to establish whether it is to be awarded Gold. It is the consistent efforts of everyone on the park that helps achieve the award through gardens, comments and pictures. David Bellamy commented “Let me take this opportunity to thank you and your team for all the hard work you have put in to make your park a real haven for wildlife and to go the extra mile to ensure that it is sustainable and a good neighbour to the local community. I am delighted that your residents thoroughly enjoyed making bird boxes and I look forward to hearing how successful they are! Of all the wonderful projects you’ve put in place, I am particularly impressed by your wildflower banks; they sound amazing. Let me finish by saying “congratulations” once again on your achievement”
The Orchards Park is within North Kesteven District Council area, and it has retained its title as the safest place to live in England and Wales for a fourth year running. Figures for the 12 months up to last April show that as a proportion of population size, there were fewer crimes committed in the area than anywhere else in the country