Walled garden is RSPB wildlife haven

A BEAUTIDUL new wildlife-friendly garden is being officially opened this week.

The Woodside walled garden in Ancrum is the brainchild of the Borderls Local Group of the RSPB and they successfully applied for funding from the Lottery’s Awards for All to get the garden underway.

Thanks to the work of the local group’s volunteers and the support of Woodside’s owners the garden is ready to open its gates to the public and the official ceremony will be carried out by Anne McCall, RSPB regional director, South and West Scotland. on Saturday, June 18, between 1pm and 3pm.

The main feature of the new wildlife garden is a large pond that is already home to numerous newts, frogs and water beetles. Flowers and shrubs to attract bees and butterflies have also been planted.

Nest boxes have been put up around the garden, some with cameras to relay images of nesting birds to a large screen in the garden’s information centre. Visitors can also enjoy watching a variety of birds coming to the feeders.

The aim of the garden is not just to provide a home for wildlife, but to inspire visitors and to suggest ways in which they can improve their own gardens for birds and other wildlife.

The garden will also be a focal point for the Borders RSPB Local group and promote their conservation work and activities.

Members of the public are warmly welcomed along to the opening and to view the garden, and to pick up some ideas for a wildlife garden of their own.

The RSPB Wildlife Garden is open daily from 10am to 5pm, situated in the Woodside Walled Garden near Ancrum, just off the A68 on the B6400.