FAMILIES, nature lovers and schools alike can find out more about the wildlife living in Shirley Park after an interactive nature trail was installed.
A series of six specially commissioned wooden posts have been put into place around the park each with a brass rubbing image of an animal or bird that can be found around the park and a QR code with links for more about the creature.
Armed with funding from Tesco and Asda, Friends of Shirley Park (FoSP) teamed up with Newlands Bishop Farm, which offers vocational learning for adults with learning difficulties and physical health conditions, to create the posts.
FoSP were joined by a team rallied together by Nick Perks, the general manager at builders merchants E H Smith in Shirley, who wanted to lend a hand after members asked for advise on post mix.
Wendie Tilt, chairperson at FoSP, said: “We hope to achieve- education- getting all ages interested in what is in our park, what lives and grows here, by doing this we hope to encourage people to think before discarding rubbish or breaking plants trees etc.
“We hope they are so amazed that they too want to look after our park – parents /guardians sharing this experience making memories but also creating an inheritance of caring for the park and everything in there so when we pass on others will continue keeping a green space for humans animals and plant life to thrive and enjoy.”
A map of the nature trail was also installed on the back of the group’s notice board by the Asda entrance for visitors to follow.