Woodman Close

The Woodman Close site is on the banks of Clipstone Brook, next to Hockliffe Road by the bridge over the brook, on the cut through to Woodman Close.

The bank was a monoculture of nettles and scarcely any  bee -friendly plants  apart from the pussy willow tree   providing some of the first spring pollen and nectar as bees come out of hibernation, and the ivy producing  late nectar for bees in autumn.

In 2014, at the request of a resident and with the permission of Central Bedfordshire Council, South Beds Friends of the Earth and local residents dug up an area planted it with wildflowers.

We then had a spell of bad luck – first Central Bedfordshire Council’s contractors mowed it by mistake. We replanted it. Then some travellers moved in and their horses found the wildflowers very tasty. We replanted it again in April 2016 but two weeks later, UK Power Networks dug it up completely as the electrical cable running beneath it had a major fault. However, UK Power Networks were fantastic and gave us a generous donation for new plants and helped us to replant; pupils from  St Georges Lower School  came along as well to help. Now the site is becoming established at last, and we are increasing our work along the banks towards Woodman Close, replacing nettles there with a range of  teasel and other wildflowers.