Quarry Wildlife Garden - SpringWatch Action Teams !

A national BBC campaign is currently under way to transform unloved patches of land in the UK into wildlife havens. On Saturday June 7th 2008 SpringWatch Action Teams (S.W.A.T's) will roll up their sleeves up and down the country to transform fifty specially selected sites. This is all part of BBC One's Springwatch backed by Bill Oddie and Kate Humble. BBC Radio Swindon's chosen spot is the Quarry Wildlife Garden in Old Town, Swindon. It's Swindon's secret garden just tucked away behind the beautifully manicured Town Gardens. It's brimming with butterflies, badgers, bees and bugs, but sadly the nettles are creeping over the quarry walls, the paths are muddy and fly tippers have become unwelcome visitors to the garden.

So what are you doing on Saturday 7th June 2008 between 10.00am - 4.00pm?

By dedicating as much or as little time as you want, we're looking for people to help us transform this neglected wildlife patch in to a breathing place that everyone can enjoy. So if you're strong as an ox, delicate as a flower or maybe you've never even picked up a pair of shears in your life it doesn't matter, everybody is welcome including kids (and badgers). We've got lots of help from the BTCV and Swindon Borough Council to make this happen and we can't wait to get stuck in! *To register simply call our SWAT line now on 01793 440157 and leave your name, number and the number of volunteers registering. You can also register online, log on to www.bbc.co.uk/wiltshire and click on the link for nature.

Other SWAT attractions on the day:

The event will be covered by BBC television and radio as part of Spring Watch 2008; the best transformation will be visited by Bill Oddie and Kate Humble!

Local Artist, Muralist and Sculptor Mark Amis - A man with a hugely creative brain, Mark will be hand painting a brand spanking new Quarry Wildlife Garden sign. www.markamis.co.uk

Ever seen a flock of wooden sheep? American born Raymond Wirick is a chainsaw sculptor from Marlborough who turns plain old wood in to breath taking sights. He'll be on site with his flock demonstrating what's possible with a chainsaw and goggles! www.mstudiogallery.net

Want more butterflies in your garden? Come and chat to our wildlife expert about improving the wildlife in your own back yard.

Hungry? If you want to take part in our huge celebratory picnic in the newly transformed Quarry Wildlife garden then bring you sarnies along on the day and join us!

If you want to offer a group of volunteers, can help us with publicity or have any questions about the event please contact our SWAT leader Annie Weston direct on 01793 513652.

If you wish to contact Old Town Village about the Quarry Wildlife Garden, then click on this link (you may have to allow pop-ups for this site): quarrywildlifeoldtownvillage.co.uk.