Create wildflower meadows

Wildflower meadows offer a diverse, and typically exceptionally attractive, habitat for the pleasure of young and old alike. The twentieth century saw a sharp decrease in the variety of wildflowers in the UK countryside. This was due to changes in agricultural policy and practice, particularly increased field drainage and herbicide use, and the growth of urban sprawl.

(source: forestresearch.gov.uk)

 

Why the contribution is important

Allowing open habitats such as wildflower meadows in urban settings for the provision of native or naturalised grasses, wildflowers and flowering plants offers several advantages:

  • Plant diversity attracts insects and other invertebrates (including butterflies, bees, spiders and millipedes), birds and mammals
  • Flowering species add a changing palate of colour to the urban environment throughout the seasons
  • Active involvement of the local community in managing the site encourages ownership values to be fostered – activities may range from mowing to the collection of seeds for use at a new location or for sale.
  • Opportunities for education and recreation abound (ranging from nature studies to art lessons).
  • Even small plots of wildflower planting can change the feel of a setting, so that the creation of a wildflower meadow as part of an urban greenspace can bring a little piece of countryside into the town.

(source: forestresearch.gov.uk)

by kateKJ on August 28, 2020 at 02:33PM

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  • Posted by RuthN September 23, 2020 at 14:32

    Great idea - our Councils should be setting an example here! Extend this idea to include motor-way verges (within safety limits), streets, e.g. around trees and encourage shops and supermarkets to green their exteriors/entrances/car parks. Make it easier for the public to report sighting of special plants so they can be protected. We spotted early purple orchids growing in the grass verge next to a roundabout (in East Renfrewshire) and the next week they were gone because the grass had been mowed. The next year when we saw them again we reported it to the Council. The grass was still cut but perhaps not quite so low
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