Friends of Garrowby Orchard
When the site that the Friends of Garrowby Orchard look after was handed into the care of local residents, they began to do something quite extraordinary. They spoke with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and under their guidance set about transforming a mundane bit of land into an oasis for both people and wildlife.
The Friends of Garrowby Orchard are a group of local residents and volunteers who look after the Setting Dyke Community Greenspace in Hull.
The Community Greenspace is 2.5 hectares of community woodland, community orchard and greenspace. It is open to anyone at any time of the year to go and explore and experience nature in the city of Hull. It is managed with the lightest of touches so that nature and biodiversity can thrive.
Residents and volunteers keep the fields clear of litter. They also keep the Willerby Carr Dyke free of the usual rubbish often dumped into urban watercourses. It has become a home to various water insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles and small mammals. The diversity of plant life has increased as nature takes advantage of the space.
Our funds will be used to purchase equipment to maintain the footpaths which make the greenspace accessible to wheelchairs and baby buggies and allow for running and walking exercise. There is also a five-a-side football pitch and hard standing for exercise and recreation.
As well as improving residents’ and visitors’ mental and physical wellbeing, it is a space where biodiversity can increase and nature is able to flourish with the minimum of human intervention.