In Hull’s city centre, there’s a special green space – the wildlife garden in Pearson Park
Although the site is small, it’s perfectly formed with examples of lots of habitats, including ponds, hedgerows, woodland and a meadow, as well as a fruit and vegetable patch and a display garden. There is plenty of wildlife to see from blue tits, long-tailed tits and robins to butterflies, shield bugs, ladybirds, solitary bees – and much more.
Since taking over the lease, the Trust extended the existing veg patch and harvested a bumper crop of potatoes, salads, cabbages and courgettes. The delicious veggies were certainly a hit with the site’s regular visitors – we had children picking and eating their first raw peas. This coming summer, we are planning to grow golden beetroot, purple beans and spaghetti squash alongside the raspberries, blueberries and loganberries. We’re looking forward to a veritable feast!
A stunning feature of the site is the mature herb garden, which we inherited from the previous owners. In late spring and early summer, the divine scents of rosemary, oregano and sage waft across the whole garden. Few offices can boast such a beautiful and sweet-smelling entrance. Continuing the food theme, some of the Trust’s officers based here are embarking on a bee keeping project. Last year, the hive produced six litres of simply sublime tasting honey.
Pearson Park is also one of the areas in our Hull Natural Play Project, which aims to improve natural sites for play and encourage families to visit and explore these spaces. Through this project, we’ve created an education arena and a new woodpile for mini-beasts and bugs to burrow in and children to investigate.