The aim of this project was "to promote the opportunities and increase the understanding of Fairy Dell". We hoped to encourage the use of this countryside area to those people who pass it daily with barely a glance. The Friends' group continue to work with The Countryside Team of Middlesbrough Council to further improve this beautiful area in the centre of housing. It is a haven of peace, with wildlife and biodiversity for the community to enjoy. Emphasis is placed on encouraging local primary schools to use Fairy Dell throughout the year and participate in activities held there.
The project included:
a) the distribution of a promotional leaflet;
b) four guided walks undertaken in Fairy Dell;
c) two workshops provided training in plant identification;
d) four local Primary Schools had lessons from a botanical artist, culminating in an art competition between them;
e) a one day Festival provided relevant events and activities for local families;
f) wildflower plug plants were planted in the gardens of the four schools;
g) all remaining funds were used to create a wildflower meadow in Fairy Dell Park planted by Martin Allen, Wildflower Ark.
The funding for the art work in the four primary schools gave an exceptional experience to the children involved. Each school chose its group of children (8 -
Martin assessed the children’s work, deciding which three per class were worthy of special comment