'Our Secret Garden'!
As a child I was mesmerised by 'The Secret Garden' (author Frances Hodgson Burnett) and have always wanted to create my own Secret Garden, where I can escape and explore the creatures and plants around me. Sadly, in life, there is very little time to follow our fantasies, .... yet here we can begin to explore our creative spirit. The Walled Garden that we have here at West Lynch Farm, is a bolt hole, an escape for us and for wildlife! In our Owl Garden, away from short cut lawns and manicured flower beds, we welcome Bees, Butterflies, Insects galore, Frogs and Toads, Newts and Slow-worms, Badgers, Otters, wild Little Owls, Barn Owls and Tawny Owls, Foxes, Stoats, Weasels, Mice, Shrews and Voles, and so much more. Even Peter Rabbit and all his relatives, and Jemima Puddleduck are welcome here! This is THEIR Secret Garden, and they allow US to share it with THEM!
You are welcome to wander around our Secret Garden, and wonder at the pondlife, the meadowlife, and the birdlife! Our Bird Feeders are always full (please let us know if you find them empty!), and the ponds provide a constant homeostatic environment for all creatures who wish to use it throughout the year!
This year, we are up-planting our Wildlife Garden with plants USEFUL to all; nectar rich, bright and colourful, herbal remedies, ground cover and cool even in the warmest of weathers. Our ponds are designed with steps and shallow slopes, our household vegetables are recycled here for compost, and we want to welcome all wildlife to this amazing space.
Amidst all of this we have our Owl Aviaries, where they have constant free-living space, and are flown daily for exercise, and the Garden is planted with ornamental and indigenous trees, to encourage beauty, pollen, diversity and delight.
As our re-created Wildlife Area and Owl Garden develops we will post more about the plants and wildlife that we welcome to the Garden. For now we are in the planting, tidying and creating phase, so please bear with us!