We have a number of habitat areas including a pond with dipping platform, native hedgerow (incl. hawthorn & blackthorn), a wildflower area and a small woodland, an ornamental flower bed made up of drought tolerant plants, a cockleshell path and a natural play area with a living willow tepee as its centrepiece. A strictly chemical free zone; plants are carefully sourced and a compost area enables the recycling of the gardens green waste. The garden is home to mature native trees including birch, hazel, elder, cherry and apple. These in turn support many species of birds, mammals and insects including four birds of conservation concern - the Starling, Dunnock, House Sparrow and Jay. Bats have also been recorded here. The garden is also home to a Strawberry Tree planted in memory of the victims of the nearby Lakanal House fire in 2009. The planting aims to optimise attractiveness to a range of pollinators and other vital insects such as lacewings, ladybirds, butterflies, hoverflies and bees. A stag beetle loggery made from tree trunks dug vertically into the ground provides a habitat for this protected beetle which seems to thrive in SE London. The pond is home to frogs, toads, dragonflies and damselflies, water boatmen and many other aquatic insects.
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The organisation with legal responsibility for Benhill Road Nature Garden is Southwark Council.
Benhill Road Nature Garden is managed and maintained by Southwark Council
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