Junior Neighbourhood Wardens learn about wildlife to transform sheltered accommodation communal garden

Southampton City Councils’ Junior Neighbourhood Wardens came together at Threefield House to learn about wildlife in preparation to transform the communal garden there, after residents put in a plea for the Junior Neighbourhood Wardens to give it a little TLC.

Ian Bailey, Education Officer at Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre took the session with the group of twelve 7 to 12 year olds, which included information on how they can encourage wildlife to their own gardens. The group also used their arts and crafts skills to create bee hotels, bird boxes and bug accommodation that will be displayed in the communal garden to attract wildlife once complete.

Next week the Junior Neighbourhood Wardens will be brightening the area up by installing their crafty creations and tidying, repairing and installing new flower beds in the garden.

Councillor Satvir Kaur Cabinet Member for Homes and Culture said "Everyone needs to play a role in looking after our local neighbourhoods. It is great that Junior Neighbourhood Wardens not only get the opportunity to learn about the wildlife we have in the area, but also work with local residents to make the space more attractive and interesting."

The Junior Neighbourhood Wardens scheme is a council-run not for profit community project working with over 270 children across the city aged 7 to 12 on local projects such as gardening, graffiti removal, litter picking, charity fundraising, and befriending and combatting loneliness locally. The wardens are supported to develop a sense of pride and respect in their local neighbourhood and to promote a positive image of children in the community. The Juniors work alongside the council's Neighbourhood Wardens and other council services to help improve their local area.