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Wednesday 29 June 2011

Eversheds have been presented with one of Manchester City Council’s Biodiversity Hotspot Awards in recognition of the contributions they’ve made to encouraging local wildlife.

The team at Eversheds have created a mini - garden on the roof of Eversheds House growing vegetables and herbs using compost and fertiliser from a roof top wormery, and rain water collected in a water butt. The fresh produce is used in the staff restaurant then any food waste is added to the wormery, completing the cycle.

Bat boxes, bird feeders and bird baths have been installed on the roof and have been given the seal of approval from large numbers of goldfinches. The team are cultivating plants to attract a wide variety of insects and have recently installed a bee hive making it an excellent habitat and feeding ground for local wildlife.

Sarah Teague from Manchesters Environmental Business pledge team said " Its great to see organisations like Eversheds making space for Nature - every little helps when it comes to improving Biodiversity in the City".

Previous Awards

Congratulations to Levenshulme High School for Girls who won the first biodiversity hotspot award for Manchester! A wildflower meadow, bog garden, woodland edge bulbs and a pond have been introduced to the site and bird boxes and feeders have been placed in the surrounding trees.

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The second biodiversity hotspot is Blackley Vale. The site has come along way over the last 18 months to turn a once delerict landfill site into a wildlife haven. The vale is now awash with buttercups, cow parsley and even has over fifeteen common spotted orchids.

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Paupers Wood in Chorlton Park was awarded the 3rd biodiversity hotspot. The woodland is a great example of how community groups can make a difference in their local patch. The wood is being managed to provide a natural habitat for wildlife combined with outdoor learning for children.

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The fourth award goes to Angel Meadows. It is home to a great diversity of wildlife, including a large number of birds and insects. The park also has a large wildflower meadow, many trees and numerous bird and bat boxes positioned around the site.

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The Booth Centre garden is the fifth winner. It is in the grounds of the Manchester Cathedral, is a great example of making space for nature. Although the garden is quite small, there are still plenty of native plants, a pond, and nest boxes.

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Hulme Community Garden Centre is the sixth biodiversity hotpsot winner! The centre has a large wildlife garden - perfect for attracting the local wildlife in Hulme.

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Manchester awarded 8 new Biodiversity Hotspots during the annual Wildabout Manchester, which is part of the Challenge Manchester 100 Days campaign 2008.

The Blackley Forest Bird Screen was built in May 2007 by apprentices of Manchester Working as a gift to the Friends of Blackley Forest. The screen is designed to provide visitors with an area to view some of north Manchester's birds feeding in their natural habitat.

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The residents of this home in Darley Avenue, Chorlton have spent many years creating and perfecting their garden, and the variety of different plants and shrubs are a haven for many species of butterflies and insects.

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The garden is part of St Malachy's Church and maintained by the Brothers of St Malachy's, with the assistance of the local children from St Malachy's School. It is home to fruit and vegetable patches, a pond and wildflowers.

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The green roof at the Zion Arts Centre in Hulme was created on the outdoor summerhouse. It is a working project with the gardening club from the centre.

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This green roof at South Drive was created on top as part of an extension project. The rear of the house was extended for a bigger kitchen and a sedum roof has been laid on top to create a garden area, only to be viewed from the rear bedroom. By transforming this flat roof into a green roof, it has created a new green space and wildlife area.

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The children and staff at the Hulme Adventure Playground have created a 'Wildlife Garden' which is home to many creepy crawlies, bugs, birds and hedgehogs.  

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The young children from the Old Moats children's centre have adapted their playground to be more 'wildlife-friendly' during their outdoor play sessions. It is now complete with bug hotels, bird boxes and feeders, wildflowers and even a log pile which provides a great habitat and place to find food.

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The Unicorn Grocery has installed a living roof which combines sedum, wetland and brownfield to create an educational and recreational area that looks over Chorlton.

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