I think I've just landed the task of creating a wildlife garden at my daughters infant school. There is a small area already set up with a buddleja in, and potential for butterfly attracting plants, but there seems to be an area under trees where nettles, brambles and ivy are encroaching into the space.
How is best to clear the nettles, brambles ivy etc. Can I spray the nettles and then work on the clearing the planted area, and then go and dig out the nettles in a few weeks. Just want to start getting them under control before they get too big.
Any advice for what to put in a children's wildlife area ? There is a little pond, should that be cleared out and cleaned ? bug houses, piles of logs for insects. They would like to have different sections focusing on different things. The area seems to have been neglected for a few years.
Any recommendations for what to plant ? I think the area is going to be fairly shady when the leaves come on the trees, but would still like to attract butterflies if possible.
thanks for any advice. YIkes what have I let myself into