It's a bug's life for wildlife in Castle Vale Park

A hotel with a difference has sprung up in a popular Berwick park.

Wednesday, 19th December 2018, 2:20 pm
Updated Wednesday, 19th December 2018, 2:26 pm
Berwick army cadets building a bug hotel at Castle Vale Park in Berwick.

Instead of paying guests and teams of cooks and cleaning staff, the new hotel in Castle Vale will soon be home to all manner of four, six and even eight-legged residents.

The structure, a bug-hotel, has been made entirely from reclaimed materials and offers a potential home for a wide range of animals - insects such as bumblebees, spiders, small mammals such as hedgehogs or wood mice, and maybe even toads and newts.

The materials were variously scavenged from the parks or donated by Friends of the Parks and Berwick Army Cadets.

Local business MKM Building Supplies also donated two bags of postcrete to anchor the hotel.

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Wood chippings from Northumberland County Council’s depot made from branches of trees blown down in recent storms were also used to provide luxury bedding for the new guests.

The project was coordinated by Kate Dixon, the county council’s park development officer, Berwick Army Cadets and Friends of the Castle Parks.

The activity contributes towards the cadets’ Cadet in the Community, Northumberland Challenge and Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

The cadets have previously been involved in the sculpture installations now in Coronation Park and Bari The Bear at Castle Vale.

Coun Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for Environment and Local Services, said: “Our parks and green spaces are some of the jewels in the crown of Northumberland and we welcome all kinds of visitors.”

“We’re delighted to have been able to support this worthwhile project which has seen various groups coming together to create a fantastic new feature for this beautiful park.”

Castle Vale and Coronation Park were refurbished in 2016 in a £1million project with improved footpaths, steps, handrails, horticultural displays and signage.