We’ve been inundated with requests for advice over the past few weeks receiving about 8 times as many as we did this time last year!
I suspect watching the recent series by Sarah Raven entitled “Bees, Butterflies and Blooms” was what galvanised many of the enquirers into action as the majority of people getting in touch have been wanting to find out how to create a wildflower meadow in a garden setting. “Wildflower gardens” is just one in our suite of advice leaflets that you can download free of charge from our website. It contains lots of useful pointers such as where to site your meadow, how to prepare the ground, what species to sow and very importantly how to manage the area as the grasses and flowers become established.
You can sow meadow seed in autumn or spring so now is a good time to get such a project underway. Its exciting to think of the many different plans people shared with us coming to fruition over the months ahead. What wonderful wildlife potential all these new wildflower areas have be they at a school in Nottinghamshire, a hospital in Cornwall, an old people’s home in Hampshire, or more unusually around the edge of a potter’s yard and on a disused chicken farm.
We have advice leaflets on other topics as well so if you would like to know more about restoring a grassland using green hay or how to manage wildflower pastures for horses then please have a look at our website. And don’t be afraid to have a go – a meadow doesn’t have to take over your whole garden – even a small area can make a difference.
“Thank you Deborah for this very helpful and detailed reply. I feel encouraged to give it a go!”
“Hello Deborah, thank you and Amy for all the useful information. We are going to give both seeds and plugs a go and see what happens. Sure it will be better than the boring old lawn and moss we have now, and at least some insects will appreciate our efforts. I see that Yellow Rattle seeds shouldn’t be planted until September, but perhaps we may find some plug plants now. Thanks for your help.”