We joined the David Bellamy Conservation Awards Scheme in 2015 as this is something really close to our hearts. We were absolutely over the moon with our first assessment granting us a Gold accolade. We have always been passionate about developing Briarfields in such a way that enhances our environment – this benefits each and everyone of us in the long term.
Find out what our David Bellamy Conservation assessment has to say about us.
We are very pleased to announce that our park maintenance tool kit is now fully electric (hand mower, ride on mower, hedge trimmer, strimmer, chainsaw and leaf blower). This has huge benefits for our guests and the environment. For our guests there is a huge reduction in noise levels around the park and no emissions whatsoever. Gone are the days of high pitched screaming noises from the engines on chainsaws, blowers and strimmer’s etc. From the mowers all you’ll get is the noise from the blades and the smell of freshly cut grass. We mainly charge the equipment through the night when the majority of our electricity is being produced by wind turbines and nuclear, equalling low carbon.
Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) hedge plants are native to the uk, have mid-green foliage with deep veins and distinctive serrated edges. Turning coppery-brown in autumn, the leaves hold on to bare branches throughout the winter providing some year-round cover and colour. Catkins appear in late spring which develop into small fruits, feeding hungry birds.
We’re really trying to encourage a wide variety of birds to the park by increasing our bird tables, bird feeders and water stations each year. A recent guest of ours is a budding photographer and has kindly let me share some of her images of birds seen on the park during her stay with us. Thank you so much Caroline for letting us share your gorgeous photo’s.
Robins, Blue Tits, Blackbird, Goldfinch, Great Tits, Chaffinch to highlight a few…
Our local bee keeping community manage their 4 buzzing bee hives. The bees are absolutely loving the fruit blossom and the wildflowers in the orchard area.
Hedgehogs were spotted in the orchard area so we introduced some hedgehog igloos to keep them safe over their long hibernation.
Loads of squirrels in and around the park hunting down the nuts and burying them everywhere - lets hope they can find them again during the winter months.