Local charity Lindengate wins award for Butterfly Conservation

Cara Saul, Lindengate  |  Published: Nov 15th 2017

Local mental health charity Lindengate is playing an ever-increasing role in conservation working with AVDC, Butterfly Conservation, the RSPB and Hampshire & IOW Wildlife Trust. The site is developing a growing reputation for propagating and nurturing enough suitable plants to guarantee a sustainable supply of primary food plants for particular wildlife. 

These include: Devil’s Bit Scabious, grown at Lindengate, vital to the Marsh Fritillary butterfly, under the auspices of Butterfly Conservation in a reintroduction project in Hampshire and with RSPB at Otmoor. Cowslip, the favourite food of the Duke of Burgundy butterfly again via Butterfly Conservation for various sites around the SE of England including the Chilterns. Lindengate is also helping to keep a population of highly endangered black poplar trees healthy by working with AVDC to nurture a new disease resistant strain developed at Kew Gardens. Similar work on disease resistant elms will help the many species of butterfly that have been affected by the loss of elms across our countryside in the past twenty years.

The mother and carer of one of the regular Gardeners explained, “I’m amazed by how much work is going on in this one site. My autistic son benefits hugely from having two mornings a week developing his gardening skills at Lindengate, and it makes me very proud to think that, even if he just waters the black poplars on a hot day, he is contributing to such important national conservation work. It’s all down to the intelligent dovetailing of conservation and people projects that goes on constantly at Lindengate.”

In recognition of their work for butterflies, Lindengate have been awarded the 2017 Marsh Christian Trust Promotion of Lepidoptera Award by Butterfly Conservation, at the recent Butterfly Conservation AGM. Their contribution was described as tremendous.

Marsh Fritillary adult, credit Dr Andy Barker
Marsh Fritillary adult, credit Dr Andy Barker
Marsh Fritillary larvae, credit Dr Andy Barker
Marsh Fritillary larvae, credit Dr Andy Barker
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