Strip of land turned into a wildflower meadow in St Asaph
NEW life is breathed into a strip of St Asaph land to help support the growth of biodiversity in Denbighshire.
The Denbighshire biodiversity team have been working over the past few months to reseed an old horse pasture in St Asaph with wildflower seeds. The seed was collected from a local meadow and includes species such as the common spotted orchid, pine nut, and trefoil trefoil.
The Wildflower Meadow Project began in 2019, following Denbighshire County Council’s declaration of climate and ecological emergency, and is part of the council’s ongoing commitment to improve biodiversity across the county. Nearly 60 sites, including freeway sides, trail edges, bike paths and amenity meadows, are now managed to create wildflower meadows across the county.
These sites, along with the 11 roadside nature reserves, represent approximately 30 football fields worth of grasslands managed as native wildflower meadows.
In addition to protecting wildflowers, the prairies also give a helping hand to insects native to the county area.
Over the past two years, the Wildflower Meadow Project has seen a total of 268 different species of wildflowers recorded across the sites. Almost a quarter have been classified as rare and / or rare in Denbighshire.
The ground area at St Asaph has been prepared to expose bare soil and scattered seeds and next year it will be cut regularly to minimize the spread of weed species, before entering a hay cutting system annuals. More seeds will also be added to increase the diversity of the grassland.
Cllr Tony Thomas, Senior Council Member for Housing and Communities, said: “The hay meadows have declined by 97% over the past seventy years, which means that these habitats and the species that survive there are become incredibly rare. Once this three acre meadow is well established as the flowers begin to colonize, we will use it to reseed other areas across the county, in hopes of providing a ready-to-use local seed mix. .
“By creating new grasslands alongside our well-established sites across the county, we will continue to provide more food for pollinators and many other forms of wildlife, as well as create places for people to come. enjoying nature, with all its mental and physical effects. advantages.”
All of the council’s wildflower sites are managed in accordance with Plantlife’s Managing Grassland Road Verges guidelines which prohibit the mowing of grass at these sites between March and August of each year, which gives the wildflowers sufficient time to grow, bloom and produce seeds.
Each site is then cut down after August and the cuttings are harvested to reduce soil fertility and provide the wildflowers with the best possible conditions.
This project was also funded by the Welsh government, as part of the Cymru ENRaW project of local partnerships for nature.
To find out more about Denbighshire’s wildflower meadows, click here.