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In May 2007 the Friends of South Cliff Gardens were pleased to receive news that they would be receiving a Big Lottery Fund grant of £9950 as part of the Breathing Places grants programme to create a bird friendly wildlife garden in St Martin's Square both to improve biodiversity and wildlife habitats and to increase local use of the Square.  Before the project began St Martin's Square was underused, having just a strip of grass with a flower bed, a few trees and a privet hedge. Tall buildings often restricted the sunlight in winter and there was little evidence of wildlife within the Square.The Big Lottery Fund grant allowed the Friends to create a wildlife garden by planting bird and insect friendly plants and shrubs, setting bird boxes in existing trees and creating flower and shrub beds around a bird feeding area in the centre of the Square.  Volunteers were involved in the project from the start, designing the garden, collecting data, designing the benches and birdfeeders, choosing shrubs and plants, making bird boxes and planting the shrubs. Click here to see the plan. The eye-catching bird feeders and a custom built curved bench as well as a Noticeboard displaying information about the Square and the Friends group now encourage local people to spend time in the Square and have made the project a huge success.