Wildflower meadow being created in Midlothian

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Written by Midlothian View reporter Luke Jackson

A huge wildflower meadow is being created on the border of Midlothian and East Lothian between Pathhead and Pencaitland.

The grassland will be the largest such habitat in the region, the size of 4½ football fields, and in addition to supporting thousands of pollinating insects, such as bees and butterflies, it will also absorb approximately 641 kg of carbon each year. .

In order to create the grassland, local business Seilich, which recently won the Midlothian and East Lothian Best New Business of 2022, is running a crowdfunding campaign offering rewards such as products, discounts, grassland experiences and places in workshops in exchange for donations.

Seilich is a natural skincare company run by botanist Dr Sally Gouldstone that reinvests its profits to create and manage wildflower meadows for the benefit of nature conservation. From these meadows, the ingredients for her beauty products are harvested sustainably. Thanks to these nature-focused practices, Seilich is the only beauty company to have ever been shortlisted for an RSPB Nature of Scotland Award and furthermore is the only company in the UK to achieve Wildlife Friendly certification. To date, over 4,500 square meters of grassland habitat have been created by the company.

Butterfly Conservation Scotland said the project

“Help boost local populations of butterflies and moths. 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.

The Scottish Wildlife Trust Lothians Group visited the site and said

“Wildflower meadows are now a rare sight to behold in our landscapes, so the fact that Seilich has built his business around conserving this important habitat is very encouraging.”

Gill Perkins CEO of Bumblebee Conservation Trust

“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, small or large, are essential for pollinators, helping to reverse their decline and thrive.

The crowdfunder page is available HERE.


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