MORE than 600 bulbs, perennials, shrubs and trees have been planted in Salisbury, in a bid to transform an “overlooked corner of Milford” into a “microcosm of native English woodland”.

Earlier this month 20 Milford Area Preservation Group volunteers (MAPG), armed with gardening tools, spent the morning at Milford Hollow digging, clearing, and planting.

As well as the gardening, a woodland path was cut and laid, a bluebell preserve created, and bird boxes installed.

Describing Milford Hollow as “an obvious choice”, MAPG project manager Barbara Lovibond said the new scheme would restore “an overlooked corner of Milford which would be of benefit to the local community”.

She added that the MAPG wanted a new project, following restoration work on the River Bourne and the island below the medieval bridge on Milford Mill Road.

“Over the years this ground has been abandoned to nettles and litter, it is our aim to turn the hollow into a microcosm of English woodland,” she said.

Salisbury MP John Glen also joined volunteers onsite, planting bluebells and a holly tree.


Milford Hollow project volunteers hard at work, Salisbury MP John Glen second from left

Milford Hollow project volunteers hard at work, Salisbury MP John Glen second from left

Barbara added: “These plants will attract birds, butterflies, pollinators, and insects. Volunteers will curate the site, and over the coming months areas of dead wood, leaf litter and composting vegetation will be added to provide habitats.

"Our aim is to help nature to flourish, as well as creating an area that can be enjoyed by passers-by.”

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