Launched in 2005, the award winning Let’s FACE (Focus Action for Crawley’s Environment) it! is a Crawley Borough Council initiative that supports local people and businesses in improving their environment in which they live and work through volunteering.
The aim of the initiative is to increase levels of community cohesion and social inclusion, and help make neighbourhoods cleaner and greener.
It always seems strange to have to plan so far in advance but the Let’s FACE it! diary for the coming months is filling up fast with community groups wanting to organise their activities for the autumn.
It looks like bulb planting will be a popular event again this year with people wanting to brighten up their neighbourhoods in the spring with a variety of daffodils, crocuses and native bluebells.
Over the past five years Let’s FACE it! groups have planted more than 80,000 bulbs to add to the wonderful spring displays that can be found all over Crawley.
It currently looks like another 20,000 will be added this year already but if your community group or business would like to plant some bulbs to brighten up an area then please contact Let’s FACE it! at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01293 438926.
We still have a few weeks before we have to place our final order for bulbs and may be able to help.
Another popular event in the autumn is a clear up.
Once the greenery has died down and the leaves have gone you can really see where all the litter has been hiding over the summer!
It is also a really good time for a cut back and a tidy up before the winter sets in.
Several of our community groups hold a couple of clear ups a year, one in the spring to kick start the year and another in the autumn.
Wildflower planting is also popular with groups. Plug plants can be planted anytime from September onwards, right through to April.
Wildflowers are really useful – increasing biodiversity, providing food in the summer for pollinating insects such as bees, and seeds in the winter for birds (plus the fact they eat a lot of the insects in the summer as well).
In the right location they can look really spectacular.
Most people think of wildflowers as acres of poppies and cornflowers but sometimes a ‘wildflower verge’ can look just like an unkempt area of long grass until you start to look closely, then you discover the myriad of species growing in it.
Signage is the key to people understanding that it’s not just that the council has forgotten to cut the grass but perhaps an area is designed to look the way it does.
One of Crawley’s best kept secrets can be found at Waterlea Meadows, in Furnace Green. At this time of year it is alive with butterflies, dragonflies and all sorts of insects.
There is a meandering path through the meadows.
It really is a hidden gem of a place to visit and you may even be lucky enough to spot a kingfisher!