Projects

Station Master’s Garden, Wrabness

Wrabness Station Master’s Garden sits at the top of the hill behind the railway station.   It was created in the new millennium and has been beautifully maintained by village volunteers with the support of the www.ESSCRP.org.uk

There is a new addition to The Station Master’s Garden in the shape of ‘The Wildlife Express’ community sculpture designed by Cobnuts Co-operative and fabricated in 2018 by Derek Taylor Engineering Ltd. 

The metal steam train was filled with pottery homes for wildlife created by Wix & Wrabness School children to help our struggling garden creatures.  It sits well beneath the iconic red and white signal near the two perfectly restored Great Western Railway benches where you can relax between trains.  

Please be sure to contact us  to help keep a record of any mini-beasts you spot using the ‘Wildlife Express’

Cobnuts would like to thank lottery players for the Arts Council England  and ‘Bags of Help’ funding to run the pottery workshops and work creatively with Wix & Wrabness Primary School and Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership during February and March 2018 to produce ceramic bee tubes and habitat for birds and Wrabness garden creatures.

‘Web & Burrows Itd’ – your friendly local invertebrate agent said:                 The Wildlife Express was installed in the station master’s public garden during April 2018 and will be available for immediate occupation by minibeasts. Superbly located within one of the finest address on the Tendring Peninsula for wildlife.  This detached quirky bug home with over 50 bug rooms is within easy walking distance of  Wrabness railway station and the Mayflower line.

Specifications:                                                                                                                               Fabricated steel structure, untreated Oak railway sleeper foundations, handmade bespoke terracotta bug snugs surrounded by a solid cob support.

Visitor info:                                                                                                                                  The Station Master’s Garden, Wrabness, Essex, CO11 2TL                                 Open all year around.  Small garden, flat path, fully accessible for wheelchair users

RSPB Flatford The People’s Wall for Wildlife

Wall building is an ancient concept.  Throughout history great walls have been built to establish borders, an idea that resurfaced in the American election campaign in 2016.   ‘The People’s Wall for Wildlife’ is a response which deconstructs the idea of a wall.   Instead of causing division it has brought people together for the benefit of garden creatures and as you can walk all the way around it, you will notice that it divides nothing.   Instead it is a nature sculpture which brought the local heritage back to life with hands on workshops and craft demonstrations.  These ancient building techniques in a natural environment have proved to be a green prescription for the people involved.

Cobnuts would like to thank lottery players for supporting them to  work creatively to construct pottery homes for garden wildlife with the RSPB, Royal Association for Deaf People, Chase Lane Primary School and Vibe Youth Club Dovercourt, Brightlives, and three Mid & North Essex Mind groups through Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Funding.

The People’s Wall for Wildlife was opened as part of the new Sisters Garden at RSPB Flatford in Autumn 2018 a wholeheartedly inclusive community project completed by two local master thatchers before welcoming visitors to explore and children to sit and watch Mayflies hatch or Dragonflies patrol the pond.     Please be sure to contact us  to help keep a record of any mini-beasts you spot using The Wall

Web & Burrows Itd. – your friendly local invertibrate agent said:                              “This prestigious new development offers a fantastic opportunity for mini-beasts to acquire a property in the heart of Constable country.  Set within a sought after nectar rich public garden, free from the use of pesticides with quick and easy access to the river Stour. Full of charm this characterful period style sustainable new build comprises of a newly thatched roof and boasts superb choice offering over 250 hand-crafted bugrooms with a south facing frontage.”

Specifications: Sustainable cob structure. Traditional lime and flint foundations. Built in, luxury ceramic bug snugs. Bespoke ceramic child’s outdoor seat. Thatched roof with twisted ridge with local hazel pegs crafted by Suffolk master thatchers.

Visitor information:  Open daily  10:30 -4:30 between April to October             RSPB Wildlife Garden, Flatford Road, East Bergholt, Colchester, CO7 6UL.

The garden is family and wheelchair friendly.  The flat path stretches the length of the garden. The accessible visitors barn is visible from the entrance and just past the barn is the ‘Sister’s Garden’ where there is a wide ramp around the pond and alongside the sculpture.  There is a camber and a slope down to the river which makes access difficult for wheelchairs but fun for children to play in the sloping willow tunnel.

Centre for Wildlife Gardening

Cobnuts will be working with London Wildlife Trusts centre for wildlife gardening in 2019 to build a community sculpture for Dulwich garden creatures.

A much sought-after site for bug developments in a nectar rich public garden in South London.  Enter through the large wrought iron gates on Marsden road, only a five minute walk away from Dulwich train station the garden is considered a Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation.