Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Flower Power Brings Villages To Life

Wildflowers meadows are being planted on small pieces of grass land in South Cambridgeshire villages to improve their appearance and help wildlife to thrive.

Volunteers teamed up with South Cambridgeshire District Council’s ecology officer to plant the first wildlife meadows in Stapleford this week, and up to five more villages will see flowers planted soon.

Nearly all of the wildflower meadows in Britain have been lost over the last 50 years and the Council’s initiative will see areas planted bringing a new lease of life to small unused pieces of land they own.

Members of Stapleford Wildlife Group helped plant native and semi-exotic flowers on four areas in Cox’s Close, and once established they will bloom from late spring through to early autumn each year.

The project was inspired by London 2012 as wildflower meadows were planted around the Olympic park, village and stadium.

The next villages to see wildflower meadows planted will be Fowlmere, Gamlingay, Cottenham, Fulbourn and Melbourn.

Cllr Nick Wright, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member responsible for conservation, said: “This project is a great way to make better use of small pieces of land we own, and once the wildflower meadows are established they will bring a splash of colour and be a haven for wildlife.”

The Council consulted parish councils before creating the wildflower meadows.