Some of our projects are a bit smaller but are great examples of how you don't need a lot of space to make a difference to the pollinators, wildlife and birds in your area.
This page is full of our activities out with the main areas that Riverside Naturally look after and with a range of partners that have supported, helped and inspired.
Planted in 2021 our bee bed is one of our most exciting spaces and a great example of what you can do in small spaces to encourage pollinators to your gardens.
This year we have some beautiful plants growing in our Bee Bed this year and the bees and other pollinators are enjoying them. Why not take a few minutes to sit on one of the benches and enjoy the scent of the plants and the gentle buzzing of the bees…
There is an old saying “More in the garden grows than the gardener sows”.
One of our welcome visitors is Meadow vetchling - Lathyrus pratensis. Stop next time you’re passing and see if you can spot the lovely yellow flowers scrambling through the lavender on the left of the bed.
We have the familiar sweet pea scrambling over the left-hand side of the planter (this plant was raised by the propagation team at Braehead Community Garden) and over on the right are the delicate flowers of a self-seeded Common vetch – Vicia sativa. We’ll be saving the seeds and sowing them in the Woodland Wonderland and Story Gardens next year.
Riverside Naturally has had great pleasure working with Riverside Primary School to revitalise the four big planters situated in the school playground.
We started by clearing the planters of existing plants and weeds - this gave us a change to enrich the soil by adding more compost and bark. The soil had become compacted over time- so it was very satisfying to clear and it made it a lot easier to plant up with the children.
Each box has a loose theme - sensory planter, food planter, bloom box (pollinator friendly) and friendship planter - which should soon have sunflowers blooming.
We had great fun with some of the P4's planting up the boxes - the children were fantastic and did a wonderful job. You can see how they got on here.