Lister Gardens, Lyme Regis. During the huge stabilisation works in the town during the years of 2006/7, the public gardens were completely destroyed. At the end of the summer of 2005 all the bats' nesting sites were sealed to stop them returning as the work started. Also, over 2,000 slow-worms were caught and rehoused, and a 15cm barrier was placed around the gardens to stop any coming back. At the height of the works there was not a single tree, bush or blade of grass to be seen. It looked, from a distance, like an open cast mine of dark blue lias clay. Now fully restored!
The new planting, particularly towards the rear of the gardens, was designed to help bring the wild life back in and included a section of "set aside". Low shrubs were planted for cover, with grasses and seed bearing plants for food.