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The Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre

In early 2017, the Forum worked in partnership with the Council to organise two public discussion workshops to consider possible future options for the Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre, which currently serves the multiple purposes of:

 The workshops took place at the Hawthorns itself on 2nd and 4th May and involved valuable contributions from both Hawthorns staff and interested members of the public.

One of the issues identified by the workshops was the “visibility” and outward appearance” of the Centre. It was set back from the path and surrounded by dense vegetation and a large portacabin, such that many felt that it did not not appear to be either obvious or welcoming to Common users. Many of the identified issues could be relatively quickly, easily and cheaply addressed through a combination of Council and volunteer effort. Other issues, such as possible enlargement of the Centre are much longer term aspirations.

As an immediate outcome from the workshops, the Forum submitted proposals to Council to help improve the visibility of the Centre. As a result, the gates have been cleaned and the portacabin removed and a water bottle station installed. Other minor works are under discussion.

In 2019, Council commissioned local artist and guerilla mosaic maker Will Rosie to lead a community art project to redecorate the Hawthorn Centre’s activity room with an urban wildlife-themed mural. SCF helped coordinate and supply the numerous volunteers who helped Will to paint the mural. More

Council also acknowledged the state of the grounds and drew up a improvement plan. This included redevelopment of the demonstration wildlife garden area. SCF developed proposals for this area which were submitted to Council and funded through a Community Chest grant (though COVID restrictions have put the grant in doubt). More

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SCF Hawthorns wildlife garden project

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