Located at Leicester Animal Aid, a rescue and re-homing Centre for cats and dogs based in Huncote, the garden was an overgrown and neglected corner of the site but has now been transformed into an oasis of peace and tranquillity thanks to Mars Petcare who funded and created the garden.
Last year more than 120 volunteers worked tirelessly to turn the unloved area into a haven for wildlife and a place for people to come to enjoy being close to nature.
The garden has a wildlife pond, bird hide, a woodland area with bench and totem pole, a gazebo and a bug hotel. The garden is bursting with life and colour and has attracted many different types of birds, one even nested in one of the bird boxes, and we have tadpoles in the wildlife pond.
The idea behind the garden was to create a space that, together with providing somewhere for people coming to the Centre to visit, could be used to bring people together and be used by different groups and organisations.
We want the space to be enjoyed and used. If you know any groups who would benefit from visiting the garden – whether it’s just to come and sit for half-an-hour, look at the different wildlife habitats, fill up our bird feeders or do some light gardening tasks such as weeding – we’d love to hear from you. It could be a one-off visit or regular visits and if there was a specific project your group would like to do, such as growing vegetables in a raised bed, then we would happily try to apply for funding.
The entrance to the garden and gazebo is fully accessible but the rest of the garden has woodchip paths. Your group would need its own transport, as the Centre is not on any public transport routes,
If you’d like to find out more please contact firstname.lastname@example.org