So what’s a stumpery I hear you ask? A stumpery is a decorative pile of tree stumps or logs that are left to slowly decompose. Often planted with fems and other woodland plants they are an incredibly useful habitat for all sorts of creatures. A mature tree will typically be home to between 400 and 600 life forms while it lives, but after it dies it will host up to 2000! So if you’ve got room, don’t be afraid to put aside a few for the critters.

We chose to build ours around our pond, hoping to encourage amphibians to live there. We’ll add some more plants when it settles. With thanks to Paul in the Séan O’Casey Community Centre  and Brendan Redmond for the branches.