Thinking inside the box

Thurrock Council has enabled a Grays man to provide support and shelter for wildlife in the area where he lives.

Anthony Scott is a keen bird watcher and while on holiday had seen how bird boxes in public spaces encouraged birds to the area to the delight of visitors.

Last summer, when he was involved with Thurrock in Bloom, he asked the council’s horticulture team if they would put up bird boxes around St Mary’s Church in The Broadway, Little Thurrock, if he made them.

The council agreed, but Mr Scott then discovered a local shop where he could buy the boxes more cheaply than he could make them and on Thursday (17 February), during Bird Box Week, nine boxes he provided were placed in trees close to the church.

The local playgroup, Cherrytree pre-school has agreed to look out for the first residents.

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