Tatton Park is celebrating Earth Day with bug hotels, birdfeeders and plant pots - which you can make at home from recycled materials.
A homemade gift is gratefully received at the best of times. In this period of lockdown we’re resorting to make-do-and-mend solutions more than usual. So what better way to celebrate Earth Day this year, than by making a bug hotel, birdfeeder or plant pot as a thank you gift for your favourite wildlife?
How to make a bug hotel
Tatton Park’s newly launched Online Learning Hub is where you’ll find step-by-step instructions for building a bug hotel. This is just one of many free activities and educational resources made available online by Tatton Park, to help with home-schooling and home-made entertainment.
As snug as a bug in a….
You don’t need a garden – any outside space will do and you can always hunt for building materials on your next walk. Look out for items such as moss, sticks, dry leaves and pine cones and check out Tatton Park’s Bug Hotel video for ideas to get you started.
Tips to encourage bugs to check into your hotel
Just like us, not all bugs want the same type of hotel – yours can be unique to you and your outside space:
v Make sure you build on a flat surface
v Pick a sheltered spot – it can be light or dark
v Create small spaces for bugs to crawl into and feel snug
v Use natural materials where possible
v Stack different layers on top of each other
v Cover your hotel to keep it dry – even bugs like to have a roof over their heads
v Give your hotel a name and put it on a sign, so your guests know they’re checking into the right place
v Take a pic and share @TattonPark
Make a biodegradable plant pot…
Tatton Park’s Online Learning Hub also teaches you how to make a biodegradable plant pot. You can grow seedlings in recycled household items like toilet roll tubes, empty egg cartons and even old newspaper.
… or a birdfeeder
Attract birds to your garden, patio or balcony with three homemade bird feeder ideas using items and materials found around your home. Here’s a mini video to show you how to make your birdfeeder.
Our gates may be closed, but you can visit us online
We’ll do our best to share interesting wildlife moments and beautiful images from the Parkland, Farm and Garden, where vital activities are being carried out by a small number of staff. Here’s how you can stay in touch with happenings at Tatton Park during the lockdown:
v www.tattonpark.org.uk – we’re updating the Springtime in the Park pages as much as possible with updates from staff carrying out essential work across the Estate during the lockdown period
v e-news – sign up on our website and receive updates from Tatton Park
v Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – find us @TattonPark
v Candide Gardening App - download onto your phone and search for Tatton Park
A message to our customers during the coronavirus outbreak
Tatton Park is currently closed to the public. This is a temporary measure that is being kept under regular review as we respond to the national and local situation. Please refer to our latest Covid-19 update
Stay safe and we hope to welcome you to Tatton Park in the near future.