Peacocks Meadow. What is it? And where is it? You’d be forgiven for asking, because Peacocks Meadow is Littleport’s best kept secret.
In 2012 a one hectare are of land behind Parson’s Lane was planting with native species woodland trees as part of the Planting Parishes Initiative.
Unfortunately, shortly after the planting had taken place, the main access point from parson’s Lane was blocked off by a resident who leased the access strip from the landowner, Sanctuary Housing. Luckily there is another access point in Limes Close car park.
But for four years the young trees languished untended and neglected, while most Littleport residents were unaware of the existence of this potentially lovely public space. In 2015 a Friends of Peacocks Meadow group was formed, to promote awareness of the garden, and to work towards improving the sadly neglected space.
There are plans afoot for many improvements. These include improved access, the creation of a wildlife hedge, woodland bulb planting, and improvements to the drainage and habitat generally. There is even a plan to create a community herb garden. It is hoped that local schools will begin to use the space as a learning resource.
This autumn, Littleport Rotary donated hundreds of crocus bulbs which have been planted.
But trees don’t prune themselves, bulbs don’t plant themselves and brambles and weeds stubbornly refuse to clear themselves. This lovely pocket woodland park needs people to lend a helping hand. Why not join our small but enthusiastic band of volunteer gardeners and nature lovers, and help to transform this space into the tranquil oasis it promises to be.
The new year is a great time to make fresh resolutions. If you care about the natural environment and your community, could be your chance to make a real difference.
Peacocks Meadow has a Facebook page where you can find details of our news and plans. You don’t have to be an expert gardener. You don’t have to commit a great deal of time. But if you would like to become involved in any of the exciting developments in Peacocks Meadow please contact the committee via our Facebook page.