Manor Green Park Group

 

Manor Green Park, located behind the Selsey Centre, is a community shared green space, managed by a small group of enthusiastic MWHG volunteers. With a children’s play area situated at the centre, a dog walking paddock and various wildlife habitats, including compost heaps, hedgerows and mature trees, this area is designed to benefit everyone.

Overtime, unique features have been added to develop the site into a wildlife-friendly space. Lizard Landscapes designed the rain garden in 2015, which was created to form a small, semi-permanent wetland area to prevent water-logging across the entire field and to entice insects, such as dragonflies. An important part of maintaining wildlife habitats is to monitor the species that are present, and the Group regularly records this information.

In June 2018, we held our first Bioblitz to survey the whole of Manor Park in one day with the help of the local nursery, park goers and MWHG volunteers. Over 109 different types of butterflies, birds, insects and plants were recorded, plus some small mammals from our live traps.

FLOW Project Leader Jane releases a short tailed field vole from a Longworth trap at the Manor Green Park BioBlitz. ©R. O’Dowd June 2018

FLOW Project Leader Jane releases a short tailed field vole from a Longworth trap at the Manor Green Park BioBlitz. ©R. O’Dowd 2018
Video: Jane identifies a short tailed field vole at the Manor Green Park BioBlitz. ©N. Timney 2018

To the side of the Selsey Centre is the Apple tree orchard, planted in 2009 to celebrate rare and old English varieties. Sadly, conditions in this area have proved to be quite unsuitable for the trees to thrive. Despite continual care and expanding the planting area with the best compost to support growth, the exposure to strong winds have caused some trees to die and the orchard shows very stunted growth, overall. The team endeavour to ensure the health and habitat suitability of all plants on site and so are reviewing this area of the park.

The Sensory Garden, installed by Lizard Landscapes, is a highlight of the park and has won many awards as a distinct space from the surrounding field. All aspects of the garden are carefully designed and managed by our volunteers to enhance the visual, audible and tactile enjoyment of the plants. This is a perfect place to take a secluded seat and contemplate. Manor Green Park and the Sensory Garden have been entered for the South and South East (S&SE) in Bloom Awards on many occasions, with the following results:

2009

Manor Green Park ~ S&SE Silver Guilt
Sensory Garden ~ S&SE Outstanding

2010

Sensory Garden ~ S&SE Outstanding

2011

Sensory Garden ~ S&SE Outstanding

2012

Sensory Garden ~ S&SE Gold

2014

Manor Green Park ~ S&SE Gold
Sensory Garden ~ S&SE Outstanding

2016

Manor Green Park ~ S&SE Gold
Sensory Garden ~ S&SE Thriving

2017

Manor Green Park ~ S&SE Silver Guilt
Sensory Garden ~ S&SE Thriving

 

Gardening and surveying activities for this site are led by Sheila Wilkinson, who has been involved since the start of the Park’s creation in 2007. We are always looking for more volunteers to join our team to care for this community space and increase the scope of our work. Volunteers meet every other Friday to work on the site and future work dates can be found on our events and activities calendar.

If you are interested in helping at Manor Green Park or have any questions about this site, please contact Sheila via the form below.

Manor Green Park Contact Form