Huge wildflower meadow being created on the border between Midlothian and East Lothian

The wildflower meadow at Seilich, near Pathhead.

In addition to supporting thousands of pollinating insects, such as bees and butterflies, Pathhead Grassland will also absorb approximately 641 kg of carbon each year.

Butterfly Conservation Scotland said the project would “help boost local populations of butterflies and moths”. Adding: “Many of these insects are disappearing from our landscape due to the loss of wildflower-rich grasslands, and initiatives like this can help bring wildlife back to the countryside. »

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The Scottish Wildlife Trust Lothians Group visited the site and said in a statement: ‘Wildflower meadows are now a rare sight to behold in our landscapes so to ensure that Seilich builds its business around the conservation of this significant habitat is very encouraging.”

Gill Perkins, CEO of Bumblebee Conservation Trust, added: “Over the past 100 years the UK has lost 97% of its grasslands and other species-rich grasslands, leading to the extinction and decline of bumblebees. . Species-rich grasslands, large and small, are essential for pollinators, helping to reverse their decline and thrive.

Justin Venton, land and campaign manager at Midlothian Council, confirmed it would be “certainly the largest wildflower meadow in Midlothian”. Seilich is an award-winning natural skincare company led by botanist Doctor Sally Gouldstone.

Lorraine Dallmeier, Chartered Ecologist, Biologist and CEO of Formula Botanica, said: “Dr Gouldstone is one of the most passionate conservationists in the UK beauty industry.

“Its approach to the management of Seilich is impressive and its business model, which incorporates not only conservation but also regeneration projects, plays a vital role in tackling the global ecological crisis.”

Chris B. Hall