Community to create a wildflower display

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Lancaster City Council and local volunteers are planning a wildflower display on an embankment in Quernmore Road close to Williamson Park.

Lancaster Beekeepers successfully applied for £2,000 of funding to purchase and plant perennial wild flower seeds which have numerous benefits to the environment.

Lancaster Beekeepers are concerned that the decline in natural foliage brought about by changes in farming and the close mowing of grassland areas in both private and public ownership have resulted in the decline in pollinating insects.

Lancaster City Council wish to support this project and aim to introduce a wide variety of plants which will attract insects, bees and butterflies.

The display will add colour to the embankment throughout the seasons and reduce the level of maintenance.

Coun David Smith, cabinet member with responsibility for parks and open spaces, said, said: “Without the active involvement of the local community, this project wouldn’t have been possible.

“This area will be transformed from a grass verge to a beautiful display bringing a little piece of countryside into the town.”

Work on preparing the ground has already begun with the next step being the complete removal of grass and moss from the embankment.

Once complete the seeds will be sown into the bare soil, giving them the best possible chance to germinate.

Whilst it is not anticipated that the first year will provide the best display, appropriate management the embankment should improve the wildflower display in the years that follow.

Help with the project will come from Williamson Park’s successful volunteer programme which includes the regular Green Fingers group who meet at the park every Thursday from 10am to 12pm.

For more information or if you’d like to join Williamson Park’s volunteer programme contact Williamson Park on 01524 33318.