Wednesday, 25 October 2023

Braidwater is delighted to announce its plan for a new ‘Garden of Biodiversity’ located in its Roe Wood development in Limavady. 

Some pupils from Drumahoe PS recently visited the Garden of Biodiversity at Beech Hill View.

The garden is part of the Braidwater Group’s ‘Net Zero Emissions’ strategy and follows the successful launch of a similar area of biodiversity in Beech Hill View in Derry-Londonderry.

The biodiversity measures aim to improve shelter, nesting and food options for wildlife, through the provision of natural habitat, including a ‘bog,’ ‘insect hotel’ and a ‘wildlife hedgerow.’

Darren Farnan, marketing manager, Braidwater, said he was delighted to make the announcement and hoped local schools would get involved in the project.

‘We’re at the initial planning stage but I’m delighted to announce our Limavady garden of biodiversity will be up and running next Spring. We also hope that local schools will get involved in the planning and development of the garden, and I extend an invitation to schools in the Limavady area to get in touch.’

Stressing that the garden will offer nesting and foraging opportunities for bees while also providing a food supply for many bugs and insects, Mr. Farnan said: ‘Over time the garden will grow and mature into a haven for wildlife and we hope to attract numerous species such as frogs, newts, cranes and water beetles, to name but a few.’ 

The Garden of Biodiversity at Beech Hill View also includes a ‘Dragonfly Bog.’

Darren also stressed the importance of biodiversity to the Braidwater Group, stating: ‘To further enhance the biodiversity measures at Roe Wood, we will be continuing with tree-planting in open areas and creating pockets of mature growth for pollinators to thrive.’

Braidwater also recently partnered with the Woodland Trust in sponsoring a grove in Faughan Valley. More details on this will follow in the coming weeks.

The area where the bog garden is located in Roe Wood also includes densely-planted shrubbery for nature camouflage, and a willow walkway and dome to act as a hide to observe all the activity.

Concluding, Mr. Farnan said: ‘We, at Braidwater, are delighted with our soon-to-be ‘buzzing’ garden of biodiversity, it’s a win-win for all involved including local residents, the community but most importantly, nature!’