Friends of Bartley Park is a group set up by the community of Totton residents with the aim of increasing the biodiversity and the natural beauty of the park.

The park and the areas that we will be improving are located on the map below

Following a Hampshire Wildlife Trust survey and regular meetings (before Covid) with Totton council we are happy to say that this has their full support.

As this is a community project we are encouraging anybody young or old to help and join in the process of the following projects; Tree planting, creating wild flower meadows, Planting Spring flowering bulbs and building bird and bat boxes to locate them around the park. These will benefit the local environment by encouraging an increase in the diversity of birds, bees and insects, small mammals and reptiles. This together will make the park a more interesting and beautiful place to visit.

What can the community do?

As well as looking for volunteers we would happily accept gifts of any tools that would benefit the work we need to carry out, such as; loppers, hand saws, spades, forks, rakes and pruning equipment.

Although we have been very lucky with a large donation of trees and plants from Ovo Energy we are hoping to source some funds from local grants and business that will help to supply things like, strimmers, hedgecutters and wheelbarrows which will all remain property of The Friends of Bartley Park to support with the up-keep of this project.

The project will have a phased start which will begin at the beginning of Autumn when we will be looking to sow wild flowers, plant trees and shrubs, and clear any overgrown areas. We will of course be holding a meeting (Covid Regulations permitting) to inform people of the work, timings and our ambitions nearer the time.

We will be updating our Facebook page at regular interval to keep everyone informed of the progress that is being made. As this is a community project we would welcome any positive feedback or requests.We hope that you find our vision for the local area as exciting as we are.

Please share and support to provide a better local environment for not only this generation but for future generations.