Creating a space for nature

Project
Wildflowers blooming in the new meadow

Helping nature thrive

We have created more spaces for wildlife to thrive and give visitors more opportuntities to connect and explore nature. So work is almost complete to take the previously unused piece of land and transform it into a wildlife haven to support nature and help pollinators thrive in a place of beauty. 

As a conservation charity, we're aware of the national decline in natural habitats and our approach to land use reflects our aim to restore healthy, beautiful enviroments that help nature. Our vision is for nature, beauty and history for everyone. Our simple ambition with this project was to create a green oasis and nature-rich haven in the heart of urban Middlesbrough. 

Spring welcomes the sight of bees in the garden
The bees love feeding on the flowers in the formal garden
Spring welcomes the sight of bees in the garden

So far

Some mixed native hedgerows such as hawthorn and blackthorn were planted to encircle the orchard. In Spring time they provide nesting for birds and blossoms for pollinators. Then in autumn and winter their berries provide essential nourishment for birds.

The perennial wildflower seed mix and meadow grass mix was sown in June 2021 and willl create a splash of colour this summer.

A wildflower mini meadow in the garden borders.
A mixture of native wildflowers, including cornflowers and poppies.
A wildflower mini meadow in the garden borders.

Where we are now

In autumn 2021 the orchard was planted with apple and pear trees as well as plums, damsons and gages. This includes apple tree varieties such as the Yorkshire Beauty, Hunthouse, Ribston Pippin and Acklam Russet. (Hunthouse was grown in the Whitby area and reputedly taken to sea by Captain Cook as a source of vitamins to prevent scurvy.) These are accompanied by a collection of crab trees.

Also in autumn 2021 the pond liner was installed. In summer 2022 the pond dipping jetty will be built, ready for the water and bog plants to be placed.

The reintroduction of the pond will create a mixed habitat for wildlife, including a shallow bog garden where marsh and bog living plants will thrive. Deeper areas will support aquatic insects, such as dragonflies, pond skaters, frogs, toads and newts. The pond will have a jetty where pond dipping can take place.

Future pond dipping at Ormesby Hall
Future pond dipping at Ormesby Hall
Future pond dipping at Ormesby Hall

The vision

To create a wildlife haven for birds, butterflies and bees to feast and call home. The fruit trees will also make the land purposeful and grow fruit as the family once did in their walled garden. (which was located on nearby Ormesby bank and is now houses).

The wildflower meadow and orchard will have benches for visitors to relax in a space of beauty and watch nature up close at work.

The future meadow and orchard (PDF / 0.3MB) download

Latest updates

10 May 22

Springtime in the meadow

We've had a flush of daffodils and early tulips, and now the meadow has a great show of the spiky, purple Camassia, which is the last of the planted bulbs. We look forward to the meadow flowers and meadow grasses coming through.

Springtime in the meadow

22 Apr 22

Blossom Watch

Since the early spring planting of the fruit trees, it was great to see the first signs of blossom in their first season, with lots more to come in future years.

Crab apple blossom flower

05 Apr 22

The first resident

The first resident of the pond has moved in and we cannot wait for more wildlife to enjoy this space and make it home.

A duck relaxing on the pond