Trees recycled to encourage birds

Slicing up trees and making bird boxes in Water Gardens, Hemel Hempstead. Claire Covington and Colin Chambers, organisers, with a fresh plank to be cut up for bird boxes
Slicing up trees and making bird boxes in Water Gardens, Hemel Hempstead. Claire Covington and Colin Chambers, organisers, with a fresh plank to be cut up for bird boxes

Those interested in finding out about the renovation of Hemel Hempstead’s historic water gardens got to see recycling in action at an activity day over the weekend.

Trees which did not form part of garden designer Geoffrey Jellicoe’s original design for the area were cut down, turned into planks and remade into bird boxes before visitors’ very eyes.

Slicing up trees and making bird boxes in Water Gardens, Hemel Hempstead.'Seven years old Ferne Miles decorated a food feeder box. PNL-150124-121937009

Slicing up trees and making bird boxes in Water Gardens, Hemel Hempstead.'Seven years old Ferne Miles decorated a food feeder box. PNL-150124-121937009

Families were given the chance to paint and take some birdboxes, while others were placed in the remaining trees as one of the many methods of increasing biodiversity within the town landmark.

Information about the full scale of the Heritage Lottery, Big Lottery and Dacorum Borough Council-funded project to restore the gardens to their original state was also given out by council officers on hand during the day.

Slicing up trees and making bird boxes in Water Gardens, Hemel Hempstead.'Volunteers Brian Stanton left, and Martin Norwood making bird boxes. PNL-150124-121925009

Slicing up trees and making bird boxes in Water Gardens, Hemel Hempstead.'Volunteers Brian Stanton left, and Martin Norwood making bird boxes. PNL-150124-121925009