The holly and the ivy
They seem to go together, so the Christmas carol tells us! We have an abundance of both here.
Whilst the ivy isn’t good for the church building, damaging the stone work, it provides a home for an abundance of wildlife – insects and other invertebrates, and a nesting site for certain birds, whilst its berries provide nutrient packed food during the winter months.
Whilst we remove ivy from the church building itself, we encourage its growth elsewhere, and the holly is loved by caterpillars particularly of the Holly Blue Variety.
In the part of the gardens facing Bute Street, we are currently creating a butterfly garden, another work in progress!
Dig Deeper: Find out more about butterflies here: https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/other-garden-wildlife/insects-and-other-invertebrates/butterflies/