The local housing association, which specialises in providing homes to older people, is committed to creating nature-friendly habitats in the communal gardens of its sheltered housing schemes. ‘No mow’ areas on lawns, where native wildflowers can flourish, is central to this new approach.
Alpha tenants are helping lead this process. Early pioneers include the Wildlife Group at Montgomery Manor in Bangor, chaired by resident Victor Allister. The Group has transformed the scheme grounds, installing bird boxes, a bat box, insect shelters, a hedgehog shelter, and log piles, attracting many species of bird and insects. ‘No Mow’ areas on the communal lawns have seen a proliferation of wildflowers, including several types of orchid.