Our first wild flower meadow

This weekend, The Meadow Project celebrated the planting of it’s first wild flower meadow.

Visitors start to arrive (Photo: Meadow Project)

On a bitterly cold day, with moments of crystal clear skies and dazzling sunshine, local residents gathered to exchange ideas, plant knowledge and gardening tips and to help with the sowing of British wild flower seeds on a newly prepared bed.

Good gathering despite the bitter temperature (Photo: Oliver Parsons)

The seeds were donated by Landlife in partnership with Britain in Bloom 2012 – Wild about Wildflowers’ initiative and included  a wildflower mix of corn poppy, corn marigold, corn chamomile, corn cockle and cornflower. In addition Linda Wordsworth donated some perennial Harebells (Campanula Rotundifolia) and Sheep’s Bit (Jasione Laevis Blue Light) and The Meadow Project donated a British wildflower mix of Ox-Eye Daisy, Ragged Robin, Daisy, Nigella, Cowslip, Feverfew, Larkspur, Borage and Ribwort.

David Dennis Butterfly Conservation gives a short talk on Butterflies, IDs and how to help increase numbers. (Photo: Oliver Parsons)

David Dennis, Chair of Butterfly Conservation came along and gave an informative talk on why and how we should help our butterfly pollinators and also how to identify butterflies once we’ve enticed them into our gardens. He left us with ID charts, and for the first time I identified my first Orange-Tip butterfly in my garden just a couple of days later. Take a look at his guest blog which talks about identifying Spring butterflies that are out and about now.

Children’s nature trail quiz. (Photo: Meadow Project)

With lots of fresh hot coffee and home made sandwiches, quiches and cakes we all managed to survive the cold weather and enjoy the opportunity for the community to get together. The nature quiz proved a challenge but everyone who took part got a prize to reward them for their efforts. And the day was rounded off with a ceremonial sowing of seeds.

Local children get the seed sowing started. (Photo: Oliver Parsons)

So far the response has been really positive, with lots of people saying they are inspired to create a wild flower meadow in their own gardens to encourage more pollinating insects. I’ll be gathering photos of our meadow and look forward to seeing all the new wild flower areas in the local gardens that the Meadow Project has inspired.

David Dennis, Chair of Butterfly Conservation has decided to work alongside the Meadow Project and monitor our butterflies species over Spring and Summer, and The Meadow Project is also liaising with the local school to organise a survey of the bugs on the new meadow as part of a national bug survey for BugLife in summer. So on a chilly spring day the Meadow Project found it’s wings. Let the Wildflower Revolution begin!

Photos: Oliver Parsons, Chris Jones.


3 responses

  1. Great to see so much interest in meadows. What’s the minimum area that would be required to establish a meadow and would there be specific requirements regarding soil type, drainage, etc?

  2. Hi Finn, took a little longer than a few days but I’ve just posted a blog called Step by Step Guide – How, Where and When to Plant a Meadow. I hope this answers all of your questions, regards Michelle.

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