Wilder Portsmouth is a partnership project between the Southern Co-op and Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. The focus of this jointly-funded initiative is to encourage people to take action to create and enhance wild spaces where they live.
We want to see more wildlife friendly areas and small outdoor spaces across the city of Portsmouth that are created and supported by the community.
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Portsmouth's first wild street was Francis Avenue. Some residents have installed a bin shelter with a green roof in their paved forecourt. The Trinity Methodist Church has added a bug hotel (a repurposed bedside cabinet) and planters in its grounds. Neighbours are sharing seeds, plants, and pots in nature exchange stations.
Over in Whitwell road, nature exchange stations are also popping up and there's a buzz in the air as they too have plans to become a wild street.
Wild street organiser, Laura Mellor, said, ''The wild street has appealed especially to children, who have brought lots of ideas to the project. They show a strong connection with nature and a desire to take action to protect it. This experience has shown me, not only that children are committed and effective advocates of our wild street, but also that they get a lot of enjoyment from the work they are doing.''
In 2019, a group of local school girls won HIWWT's Wilder Futures Competition: Coco, Lucy, Robyn and Eve. They received £400 to transform an area of neglected land into a wildlife haven. They installed raised beds in the area and sprinkled wildflower seeds around the rest of the ground.
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